episode #13 - The Ghosthunter

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episode #13 - The Ghosthunter

Post  BoG on Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:37 pm

episode #13 of 1st season / Air Date: 5/26/76
written by Kenneth Johnson,Justin Edgerton Arrow Directed by Kenneth Johnson

And now we get to the ghost story of the season, the last episode of the first season. Jaime is sent by Oscar to the grand old house inhabited by a scientist (Paul Shenar) and his daughter (Kristy McNichol). The scientist is working on one of those projects for the government. His wife died a year ago. The problem is that there is some kind of invisible force that goes into action once in a while, usually at night. It seems like a poltergeist, and the daughter hints that it's her mom, acting out from beyond the grave. There's also a German occultist (Bo Brundin) lurking about, observing.
To this episode's credit, this is not really a ghost, but telekinetic powers at work. This story explains the mystery of witchcraft and poltergeists as actually being telekinesis, the work of some local mind - a super mind, in essence. This story has some resemblance to the classic The Innocents - about a governess arriving at a spooky locale and the kids there - but with the angle of mind powers, a sci-fi concept in the vein of The Power (1968) and the later The Fury (78). It doesn't add up to much by the end and I guessed the real source of the force before the midpoint, but it does have some atmospheric scenes. BoG's Score: 6 out of 10

BELOW: THIS SCENE JUST SAYS IT ALL, IN A NUTSHELL:

Bionic Trivia:
McNichol became a TV star a couple of years later on the series Family and then a movie star in the early eighties.
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