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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    BTW, this may have been mentioned on this board, and I won't put in a link, but any of you McGavin fans should go to YT and check out the 1950s PSA 'A Word To The Wives' featuring McGavin as a put-upon husband. He first appears around the 4-minute mark. A lot of you probably know about it, but...
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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Yeah, I've never read the Mark Dawidziak book(s), but apparently McGavin and Cy Chermak were at odds, per Dawidziak. It was a troubled production. I would not have wanted to lose the byplay between Carl and his co-workers, Carl and the experts, Carl and the cops. I could've done with less of...
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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Well-said (I think I've got this quote thing figured out now). I feel like they also were trying to make a statement about the folly of the modern quest for youth as opposed to aging gracefully but it likely got lost somewhere in the rewrites. And as you alluded to, they needed to spend more...
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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Two really good points here by ScottRE (I was attempting to quote and messed up). 'Some shows just burn out so quickly. The really short series, the one season wonders, can turn into a mere shadow of their original selves so fast that it feels like a decade passed creatively. The Time Tunnel...
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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    Good analysis, Mr. Hopper, of what a pastiche of previous tropes this episode is. Consider it took Star Trek three seasons (or at least into season 2 to do that), and it took only 19 episodes for Kolchak to get to this point. Still, I won't deny that the presence of Cathy Lee Crosby in a Greek...
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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    This one was too gruesome for me. Just the concept itself. Overall, I always enjoyed McGavin's performance, his byplay with the regulars, the 'experts' and the cops. I felt the stories/gimmicks needed work. I actually liked the idea of Chopper. Perhaps with today's CGI, it could have worked.
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    Item: KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (ABC/1974-1975)

    This is one of the worst ones, IMO. A pale retread--and so quickly in airing sequence--of the Richard Kiel ep. The scene in which the unlucky immobile female patient is fried seemed particularly gratuitous. (Granted, I am inordinately squeamish.) The series, I think, was at its best when the...
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