Kolchak has a clothes issue at the I.N.S. office
Carl Kolchak: [grabbing his hat and jacket] “Okay. If clothes make the reporter around here, then Carl Kolchak can play that game too!”
Tony Vincenzo: “Where are you going?”
Carl Kolchak: [storming out the door] “I’m taking the rest of the afternoon off. I am going out and buy myself some new clothes, okay?”
Emily Cowles: [delighted] “Finally!”
studies dogs again but with dog trainer George M. Schwartz (see the funny scene in which scared Kolchak is guarded by a Doberman)
For the anecdote, Kolchak feels uneasy with dogs: see “The Vampire”, “Firefall”, “The Devil’s Platform”.
It’s the first of the two Captain Joe ‘Mad Dog’ Siska showcases and one of my favorite guest cops all the way
Carl Kolchak: “Whatever happened to ‘I’m okay, you’re okay?’ ”
Captain Joe Siska: “Well, to tell you the truth, you’re not okay! The people in group therapy didn’t tell me I was ever gonna meet anybody as un-okay as you are.”
“The Energy Eater”
written by Arthur Rowe and Rudolph Borchert
story by Arthur Rowe
directed by Alex Grasshoff
music score by Luchi de Jesus
guests: William Smith, Elaine Giftos, Tom Drake, Michael Strong, Robert Yuro, Joyce Jillson, John Alvin, Robert Cornthwaite, Michael Fox, Melissa Greene, Dianne Harper, John Mitchum, Barbara Graham, Ellaraino
Receptionist: “Here you are, Mr. Kolchak.”
Carl Kolchak: “Thank you very much. Anybody important here today?”
Receptionist: “No, just a bunch of reporters.”
Item: It’s a laborious, anemic and flat case related to the burial ground of a Bear god disguised as a trivial architectural drama about the weak foundations of a brand new hospital that is only interesting for actor William Smith as native American high steel worker/ladies’ man/medicine man/scholar/polyglot Jim Elkhorn that calls Kolchak ‘Charles’ and ‘Chuck’. Director Alex Grasshoff concludes his body of work with this poor installment. Photography-wise, Kolchak develops X-Ray plates showing the eye of Matchemonedo and borrows two highly expensive Hasselblad cameras. As in “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be…”, the monster is invisible and mess around with energy (electro-magnetic field) and, here, disrupts and damages the electric system that kills workers (a staff electrician, nurse Janice Eisen) and patients (young Claudia Granov) of the hospital.
Carl Kolchak: “You enjoy your work?”
Nurse Janice Eisen: “Oh, yes. Yes. A well-performed autopsy is a joy forever.”
Item: As in “The Werewolf“ and “Bad Medecine”, Kolchak poses as someone’s else and, here, as an anonymous physician to sneak into the lower level of the hospital along with architectural engineer Don Kibbey, as Dr. Kolchak to attend a meeting with Dr. Ralph Carrie, as a nurse carrying equipment and as a foreman with the hospital workers. As in “The Spanish Moss Murders” covered with dirt and mud, Kolchak finishes his adventure in a hospital’s bed but with freeze burns from extreme cold gas that used to paralyze him. After “Bad Medicine” (also directed by Alex Grasshoff), find the second native American spirit that deals with buildings and the lobby of the hospital is the actual lobby of Universal City’s MCA Black Tower. Despite some electronic tonalities and some nice melodies by Luchi de Jesus—especially during the murder of patient Claudia Granov—, it contains stock music by Jerry Fielding (“The Werewolf”, “Firefall”, “The Devil’s Platform” and its tailing dog cue) and Gil Mellé (“The Zombie”, “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...”).
police head: Detective Captain Webster (actor Robert Yuro).
monster: Bear god Matchemonedo (a restless native American spirit).
Tony’s tidbit: Tony is mad about Kolchak using two Hasselblad cameras and buying some expensive films.
featuring: nurse Janice Eisen (actress Elaine Giftos) and high steel worker Jim Elkhorn (actor William Smith).
Yep, not one of the better ones but with an invisible enemy, at least the monster doesn't end up being a hyper-disappointing visual ("The Sentry").