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As Spotnitz conceived it (with several X-Files veterans serving as directors or consulting producers), Night Stalker revolved around an epic "mythology" that would've emerged had the series continued. Spotnitz outlines these broader details in his smart, informative DVD commentaries, allowing viewers a greater appreciation of how the series was being planned. As it stands, the new Kolchak is striving to solve the violent, monstrous attack that killed his wife, and his ongoing investigations draw him deeper into supernatural events, mostly explored in episodes so similar to X-Files that you could easily exchange Kolchak and Reed for agents Mulder and Scully and barely notice the difference. From their high-rise offices at the Los Angeles Beacon (beautifully filmed in high-def digital video), Kolchak and Reed solve brutal murders, bizarre deaths, and other mysteries with the help of photographer Jain McManus (Eric Jungman) and editor Tony Vincenzo (Cotter Smith), while a cynical FBI agent (semi-regular cast member John Pyper-Ferguson) suspects Kolchak of killing his wealthy wife to inherit her estate. As these 10 episodes demonstrate, the hard-won trust between Kolchak and Reed would become the series' emotional anchor, with Townsend and Union establishing an appealing chemistry that served the series well.
Unfortunately, Night Stalker was doomed from the start. The series was cancelled in the midst of a two-part episode, leaving viewers with an unresolved cliffhanger and unanswered questions about the mysterious "four horsemen of the apocalypse" biker gang that's been a looming threat throughout these episodes. Thanks to Spotnitz's detailed commentaries and video interview included on this two-disc set (along with printable DVD-ROM scripts from unproduced episodes), these and other mysteries are tantalizingly explained, and these ten Night Stalker episodes stand as testament to a high-quality series that never had a chance to prove its long-term potential. --Jeff Shannon
You have to treat this as if it was a song that you have to listen to more than once to get the feel of it. When I first saw the episodes, I was on the fence about the series. Read morePublished 14 days ago by 32dimples
You know, this series had potential, but their biggest, most fatal flaw was associating it what the iconic Kolshack the Night Stalker series. This is an X-Files re-hash. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Potts
It was okay, but did not have the same feel as the first Night Stalker series with Darren McGavin.Published 1 month ago by Jerome Burless
This is a darker version of the original series, and this Carl Kolchak has little in common with the first Night Stalker. The original Carl Kolchak was energetic and clever. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark W. Thompson
The original Nughtstalker was something I watched every week as a kid. Not bad for an updated version. Stuart Townsand does the role of Kohlchak justice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kris A.Maxwell
AFTER VIEWING THIS PROGRAM I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY IT WAS CANCELLED IN SIX WEEKS.GONE FROM THE REMAKE IS THE HUMOUR ATMOSPHERE AND DELICIOUSNESS THAT MADE ONE CRAVE THE NEXT TWIST OR... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ROGER A.
I loved this series - and this version was even better than the original (which is a classic!).
Beatiful tone and good stories - I only wish that they had produced a... Read more
I passed this on to a relative. I ordered the wrong series - had wanted the Kolchak series,Published 3 months ago by vehoae