Night Stalker - The Complete Series
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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
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The acting is excellent. Gabrielle Union is fabulous as Perri the "senior crime reporter" who has worked at the LA Beacon for all of four years. Besides being a great actress, Gabrielle Union is simply beautiful. Perri struggles to try to fingure out what is going on in the cases they investigate, but also she tries to understand why Carl does what he does.
The newspaper's photographer is another interesting character. He tags along with Perri and Carl on many investigations. This threesome is rather unique in television and adds to the quality of th show. Unfortunately, the photographer's name is very hard to catch. It is Jain, sounds like Jane, for a man, really unusual. Why did the writer's do that?
The background music is suitable and sets the tone well.Read more ›
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Starring Darren McGavin as a gruff investigative reporter who keeps having to confront the supernatural (or occasionally the science-fictional) while dealing with an editor who... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Eric B. Lipps
I am looking forward to seeing the 4 shows that were not aired. I liked this show and the original one too. This was a stylish take on the original.Published 3 months ago by John P
Very good series and should have lasted longer, bring it backPublished 5 months ago by mitch powers
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