The Greatest American Hero

Season 2 Episode 6

The Beast in Black

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 09, 1981 on ABC
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The Beast in Black
Ralph finds a window into the Fourth Dimension while scouting an old house. Bill gets possessed by a woman's spirit, and Ralph must return her through that window.

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  • So far the best episode of season 2.

    In this episode, the writer's actually came up with a good story that introduces a new function of Ralph's suit. Having Ralph being able to see a ghost in another dimension adds to the mystique of the suit. I would say that in viewing season 2 in order, this is the best episode so far.

    The good: Seeing Bill getting possessed was nice, and having Rhonda introduce Ralph to the palm reader adds to her character. I think it helped that they didn't have yet another Joey Scarbury song in the background!

    The bad: again Pam is missing from the episode. the special effects for this episode seemed even weaker.moreless
  • An unfortunate "ghost" story.

    Please understand. I love this show.

    It was a favorite when I was 12 years old, and I was delightfully surprised that I now still enjoy it as a 36-year old adult.

    It's generally well-crafted and written and even though the writers sometimes rely on some of the 1-hour drama formulas (the biker gang comes to mind as another example), they're often able to use the extraordinary circumstances (i.e. the super-suit), to add a real twist to it.

    This was not true of our ghost story episode, which showed Bill being possessed by a woman (with her voice being dubbed over-ouch!). Though it was supposed to be scary, Ralph flailing in the dark being "attacked" by some feline ghost seemed kind of silly in light of the X-files and more contemporary thrillers. Next, he's wrestling a woman in the "4th dimension," and pushing Bill back out of the 4th dimension--in a wheelchair!

    Even Shakespeare had his off days...moreless
  • SCARY! But great as the entire serie

    I got this episode in '94 i think... and i got frightened by "the beast" when i first saw it in the '80s...... ralph gets in the 4th dimension , and the come those red claws and that growling...... and raplh returns to reality , covered by scratches!

    Amazing... terrifying but amazing!

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