Night Stalker

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Unknown on ABC
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Episode Summary

Carl and Peri investigate similar deaths that have occurred every 35 years since the Beacon was founded.

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  • excellent episode .....

    Movie was excellent , good story line , flowed well. The evil seductress was in my oppinion either a transgender or transexual , very manly features .... nose , jawline , five o'clock shadow ....hands were very manly .... "she" may blame it in her native country ... but i belive "she"

    is or was born a "he" ... irregardless ... it was very well executed and kept my interest peaked (or is it "piqued" ? )

    I am a big fan , even though there are a lot of differences in the original series with darren McGavinmoreless
  • Everyone Says I Love Youth

    Probably one of the best episodes of Night Stalker's short run, this hour finally sees a full-on monster on the show, instead of all the "subtle evil" seen previously.

    Timeless sees Kolchak and Perri investigating a series of murders where the female victims have had parts of their brains torn out. They are eventually led to a mother who hides a dark secret.

    The storyline to this episode is completely cliché and the bad guy is reminiscent of memorable X-Files villain Eugene Tooms, who also killed every couple of decades to preserve his body. Surprisingly, this doesn't spoil the episode. Yes, the storyline is old but when it's done as well as it is in this episode, you can't complain.

    Mira Furlan (aka Crazy Danielle on Lost) gives an excellent performance as youth-sucker Marlene Shields and makes you not immediately hate her for being a murderer, unlike what may have happened in the hands of a less capable actress.

    It was an interesting decision by writer William Schmidt to let us know that she was a bad guy right from her first scene, and her relationship with her son Aaron is handled effectively. His determination to stick by his mother never borders on creepy and it's genuinely sad to see him end up killing her.

    It's also good to see Kolchak's team of colleagues expand. We've had both Edhead and Alex Nyby, and now we have Titus Berry, played by the excellent Stephen Tobolowsky. It's a shame that these friendships never had the time to evolve before the series was cancelled.

    Timeless is an excellent episode and continues Night Stalker's post-cancellation winning streak.

    Director: Jim Hayman

    Writer: William Schmidt

    Rating: Amoreless
Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan

Marlene Shields

Guest Star

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Dr Aaron Shields

Guest Star

Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Alex Nyby

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Kolchak: (opening monologue) In nature, predators cut off their prey from the pack. Leaving them vulnerable, easy to attack. Modern society values independence, the strength to stand on our own, to make our own way – forfeiting not only the comfort of home, but the bonds of family and community. But in our isolation, we become weak…perfect victims.

    • Perri: But whatever it is, it's some mean-ass thing that chomped straight through her face and into her brain.
      Alex: And you've been able to determine that, but the coroner in charge of the case hasn't, because…?
      Perri: Because.. he lacks imagination.
      Alex: Or maybe you have too much of it.

    • Carl: It chewed through her cartilage and bone, eating into her brain.
      Perri: So you're saying it was that hungry, why go to all that trouble?
      Carl: And if it wanted to kill, why kill that way?
      Perri: You ask the most interesting questions, you know that, Kolchak?

    • Titus: Let the other scurry about, gathering their contemporary bits of gossip. Research. That is where the joy lies, and the fascination.
      Carl: What did you find, Mr. Berry?
      Titus: Oh, the impatience of youth. I have found something on the "In-ter-net" or the World Wide Web, where historical events are erased from memory if no one is there to record them digitally.

    • Titus: Los Angeles history. Remember it, or be doomed to repeat it.

    • Perri: The first murder occurs 1900.
      Jain: Right.
      Perri: When this man would be, let's be conservative here, 10.
      Jain: Right.
      Perri: So he'd be… 115 years old now. Going around killing women in his walker.

    • Mr. Reed: So who killed the women?
      Perri: We don't know, but they died terrible deaths, Dad. I mean, something bit through their faces into their brains.
      Mrs. Reed: Nice dinner talk.
      Mr. Reed: Every one of these women, the killer consumed the brain matter?
      Perri: Apparently, yeah.
      Mrs. Reed: Must we continue talking about this over dinner?

    • Kolchak: (closing monologue) The past has endless stories, about tragedies that have struck those who've come before us. A history of tears. But nature remains indifferent to our suffering, offering only a cold, hard truth, one that becomes harder to bear the more we learn to love living. That at the very moment life first pumps through our veins, the clock is stop.

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