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 original series was a classic, and it possessed a certain spark that is not found in this pale copy. Maybe it was Kolchak's whistle at the beginning of each episode. Or it could be how the first Night Stalker narrated the opening scenes. But this series does not have "it."
The main character of this series, Carl Kolchak, lives in a luxury apartment and he has a pool in his apartment. He was once a world class journalist who has obviously amassed some level of wealth. This is in direct contrast to the original character who wore the same suite throughout the entire series. And this Carl Kolchak works for a very affluent news service. The original Night Stalker worked for a news agency that was one step up from a tabloid.
The original Night Stalker investigated cases, and he fought against evil. But he was not really connected with his cases. This Carl Kolchak seems to have a personal interest in his investigations. In the pilot episode, he is basically investigating a case that may have been connected to the death of his wife.
It is sad that this remake does not even stand on its own. It is presented like a cheap version of the X-Files.
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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You cannot remake something like this. Changing the characters from older, experienced, mature people to younger hipster types is NOT the way to go. Read morePublished 5 days ago by P. Palmieri
I bought this because I loved Kolchak, the Night Stalker.
This is like whoever was in charge turned it over to some rank beginner. Read more
utterly forgettable attempt to reboot an incredible show. The original had Carl Kolchak as an intense reporter trying to scratch out a living and always finding himself in over his... Read morePublished 1 month ago by infinte_variety
a short but fun series to watch. all the actors deserve a big hand for their work. I wish the x-files had taken a little more humor from this series along with the inspiration. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jerard a burst
The series is a bit slow taking off.
Still had some creep factor.
interesting reboot,...i miss the old Kolchak tho!Published 4 months ago by Clarrissa Lee Moon/The Nightwolves Series
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