The Youth Killer

Night StalkerA series of unidentified elderly bodies are turning up around Chicago, dying of natural causes. Only Kolchak believes that they may be connected to the disappearances of a series of young swingers. He finds out that the disappearances had one thing in common – each was a member of an exclusive dating service run by a mysterious Helen. A taxi driver and former Greek professor identifies Helen from a photo as Helen of Troy, whose face launched a thousand ships. She is able to maintain her youthfulness by sacrificing to the gods the youth of physically perfect victims. Each of the victims is given a special ring as part of their membership, which marks them as a sacrifice to the gods. Carl accidentally dons one of the rings, and must confront Helen in her modern-day Greek shrine before she ages him to death as well.

Order the DVDswritten by Rudolph Borchert
directed by Don McDougall
music by Gil Mille

Guest Cast: Kathy Lee Crosby (Helen), Kaz Kazantarkis (Demosthenes), Dwayne Hickman (Sgt. Orkin), Kathleen Freeman (Bella Sarkof)

Notes: Primarily a comedy episode, there is very little overt horror and even more scenes played for laughs than usual.

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Death Struggle: God, Weep For The Gamilas

Star BlazersD minus 164 days: Trapped between an acid sea and acid rain, with Gamilon missiles closing in, Wildstar consults with Captain Avatar one last time. Avatar recommends submerging the Argo long enough to find an undersea volcano – and trigger an eruption with the wave motion gun. IQ-9 locates something that will turn the tide of the whole battle: a volcanic system which, if triggered properly, could turn the already inhospitable Gamilon homeworld into an uninhabitable hell. What Wildstar can’t even imagine is that Desslok’s obsession with destroying the Argo will lead the Gamilon commander to lay his own world to waste.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

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Iscandar: A Dying Planet of Love

Star BlazersD minus 161 days: The Argo lands on Iscandar and is met by Queen Starsha herself, who initially mistakes Nova for her sister, who died delivering Starsha’s message to Earth. As the components of the Cosmo DNA device are loaded aboard the Argo, Starsha leads Wildstar and Nova to her home, where she has been nursing an Earth officer back to health after the Gamilon ship that captured him landed on Iscandar: Alex Wildstar, Derek’s older brother who was presumed dead in the battle of Pluto. In the meantime, assistant engineer Sparks leads a dozen members of the Argo’s crew in an attempt to mutiny and remain on Iscandar. But two things make this situation especially dangerous: Sparks’ mutineers have chosen one of the most dangerous spots on Iscandar to hide, and they have kidnapped Nova.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

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Strange New World

Strange New WorldCaptain Anthony Vico is the leader of a team of researchers aboard a space station operated by the scientific agency PAX, conducting experiments in subjecting human beings to suspended animation. The station is moved into a different orbit when a swarm of asteroids is detected nearing Earth, and the computer is set to awaken Vico and his crew in a few days is given new orders: don’t revive them for another 180 years, and then give them instructions to return to Earth to reunite with any PAX remnants that may still exist. Upon
returning to Earth, Vico and his team follow an intermittent PAX homing signal until they’re all but sitting on top of its source, at which point another signal renders them unconscious.

When Vico and his team awaken, they find themselves in an idyllic city populated entirely by young, fit people, whose leader seems intent that the PAX team should stay there. Vico loses his patients and attempts to escape, discovering that the seemingly young population consists of humans kept alive by cloning; as their organs age or fail, they are replaced by organs harvested from the clones. The PAX team is imprisoned to serve as a supply of fresh blood, with a strong immune resistance, for the clones, until Vico leads them in an escape.

The PAX survivors then run across a desert oasis filled with fresh fruit and spring water, but this find is naturally too good to be true: two primitive tribes battle over the resources of this small area of land, and one of the groups takes PAX navigator Allison Crowley hostage, leaving Vico and PAX’s Dr. Scott little time to negotiate her release – or start a local war by trying to free her before she comes to harm.

written by Ronald F. Graham, Alvin Ramrus and Walon Green
directed by Robert Butler
music by Richard Clements and Elliot Kaplan

Strange New WorldCast: John Saxon (Captain Anthony Vico), Catherine Bach (Guide), Norland Benson (Hide), Martine Beswick (Tana), Reb Brown (Sprang), Keene Curtis (Doctor Scott), Dick Farnsworth (Elder), Gerrit Graham (Daniel), Bill McKinney (Badger), Kathleen Miller (Allison Crowley), James Olson (Surgeon), Ford Rainey (Cyrus), Cynthia Wood (Arana)

Strange New WorldNotes: Produced without any participation from Gene Roddenberry, Strange New World is Warner Bros.’ third and final attempt to launch the PAX saga as a series, since the studio owned the rights to the format Roddenberry developed. To avoid legal entanglements, the character of Dylan Hunt was renamed Anthony Vico, though John Saxon was again cast in the role. The only other common element is the name of the PAX organization (used as a proxy for NASA here), and the basic premise of Hunt/Vico being frozen in suspended animation, only to be revived in a destroyed world which he vows to rebuild to its former glory. This was the last attempt to bring Dylan Hunt to TV in the 1970s; the next attempt, the 2000 premiere of the Strange New Worldposthumously-produced Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, restored Hunt’s name and retained the “man frozen in time awakens to rebuild his world” log line, but shed the PAX concept and the not-so-distant-future-of-Earth setting. The writing talent brought to bear on this final attempt to salvage the Genesis II concept was considerable: Walon Green co-wrote the classic western The Wild Bunch (1969), while Ronald F. Graham (1941-2010) wrote many episodes of UK TV series like The Professionals, The Sweeney, and Dempsey & Makepeace. Al Ramrus wrote episodes of Rat Patrol, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Avengers.

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The Sentry

Night StalkerA scientist’s discovery of a node containing strange blue nodules triggers a series of grisly deaths at an underground archival facility. Each victim is badly mauled, and the autopsy report indicates that they were bitten by some large animal. Sneaking into the facility, Kolchak discovers that the staff are leery of strange occurrences, and the military has taken in security. He himself witnesses a strange two-legged lizard creature and narrowly escapes. He is evicted from the facility, but does some research to discover that the lizards are phototropic (afraid of light). Realizing that the nodules are in fact eggs, Carl sneaks back in to the facility. The “sentry” has killed more people in its search, and Kolchak must return the eggs by risking his own life.

Order the DVDswritten by L. Ford Neale & John Huff
directed by Seymour Robbie
music by Gil Mille

Guest Cast: Tom Bosley (Jack Flaherty), Albert Paulsen (Dr. James Verhyden), Kathy Brown (Lt. Irene Lamont), John Hoyt (Dr. Lamar Beckwith), Frank Campanella (Ted Chapman), Frank Marth (Colonel Brody)

Notes: This episode bears a very strong resemblance to the Star Trek episode Devil In The Dark. Kathy Brown is Darren McGavin’s wife. Other than Simon Oakland as Vincenzo, no other regular cast member is present in this episode.

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Earth: Yamato Returns

Star BlazersD minus 131 days: After a one-month layover on Iscandar, the Argo heads back to Earth – but Desslok has escaped with one last Gamilon destroyer and plans to exact his final vengeance on the Star Force. But even Desslok’s sneak attack goes wrong when the Argo goes into warp – and rematerializes around the Gamilon vessel. Desslok takes advantage of the collision and the chaos, leading his men into the belly of the Argo and pumping a radioactive sleeping gas into the ship to render the crew unconscious. Nova makes a last-ditch attempt to save the crew by prematurely activating the radiation-cleansing Cosmo DNA machine, but nearly pays for it with her life – she inhales enough of Desslok’s gas to fall into a coma. The Star Force returns to Earth at last, but the first day of the human race’s salvation will be Captain Avatar’s last day alive.

Order the DVDswritten by Keisuke Fujikawa & Eiichi Yamamoto
directed by Leiji Matsumoto
music by Hiroshi Miyagawa

Season 1 Voice Cast: Kenneth Meseroll (Derek Wildstar), Tom Tweedy (Mark Venture), Amy Howard (Nova), Eddie Allen (Leader Desslok), Lydia Leeds (Starsha), other actors unknown

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Burning Bright

SearchBored with their parents’ duck hunt, three teenagers drive a land rover into a wooded area; one of them, Arby, discovers a young man, alone and nearly naked, in the forest. Assuming that the stranger is either injured or dead, Arby tries to help, only to discover that the boy – Sky – is very much alive, and unlike anyone he has ever met. Displaying powers of teleportation and telekinesis, Sky fears something called the Juganet, and says he needs Arby’s help.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Patrick Dromgoole
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs)

Notes: Bob Baker and Dave Martin (1935-2007) had been writing as a team (known informally as “the Bristol Boys”) for some time, including numerous Doctor Who scripts dating back to 1971; later in that show’s lifetime they would create the character of K-9 (and would continue to reap the rewards from having created that character into the 21st century). Baker and Martin also created the 1980s children’s fantasy series Into The Labyrinth.

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Juganet

SearchHearing Sky’s psychic cry for help, Arby rushes to find the otherworldly youth suspended in mid-air, seemingly being attacked by leaves and branches. Sky explains to Arby and his sister Jane that he comes from another dimension, and his very existence is being rejected by nature, like an infection being fought off by antibodies. When a robed bearded man appears in the forest after another such “attack of nature”, it seems that Sky has an enemy.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Patrick Dromgoole
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Frances Cuka (Mrs. Vennor), Thomas Heathcote (Mr. Vennor), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

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The Fourth Horseman

Survivors (1970s series)A routine day in Abby Grant’s cozy world starts to unravel slowly. Her son’s school is locked down due to a flu outbreak – only the latest such outbreak in recent weeks – and her husband’s train is delayed by hours due to power outages and rail backups all the way to inner London. In London itself, Jenny Richards tries to get a doctor to make a house call for her ailing roommate, but by the time help arrives, the woman has died. The doctor admits that the fast-spreading disease is not the flu – and that even modern medicine in a major city like London cannot find a cure. He urges Jenny to head for the safety of the country: before long, the inner city will be piled up with the dead, unleashing more diseases that, despite being fairly common, will wipe out those who remain without medical services. Jenny packs her bags and starts making her way out of London. People make their way to churches and other refuges, and fear leads to isolation. Those seeking shelter are turned away; every man, woman and child must fend for themselves. As the disease wipes out much of the world’s population, the facade of civilization melts away.

Abby herself has fallen ill with the disease, and her husband leaves to find a doctor. But while Abby survives her infection, her husband dies. She sets out alone and finds no survivors in her relatively isolated village; the dead pile up in church pews, living rooms, and cars. Abby finally leaves to go retrieve her son from his boarding school, and is almost relieved to find that her son is missing – at least he’s not among the dead. She finds only one man alive on the entire campus, a teacher who reveals that Abby’s son was among a small group of students who were evacuated just before the disease spread through the student body like wildfire. Armed with this information, Abby returns home one last time to prepare for the quest to find her son – and to say goodbye to the life she once knew.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Pennant Roberts
title music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), Peter Bowles (David Grant), Peter Copley (Doctor Bronson), Christopher Reich (Andrew Tyler), Margaret Anderson (Mrs. Transon), Callum Mill (Doctor Gordon), Blake Butler (Mr. Pollard), Elizabeth Sinclair (Patricia), Giles Melville (Kevin Lloyd), Len Jones (First Youth)

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Revenge Of The Cybermen

Doctor WhoThe Cybermen are out to pulverize the planetoid Voga, a small body rich in gold. As we learn here for the first time, gold is one of the only substances capable of shutting down the Cybermen, and Voga’s wealth of the precious metal was key to the defeat of the Cybermen in the “Cyber Wars” (evidently, the Cybermen are acquainted with Usenet flame-fests too). The Cybermen’s plan to destroy Voga hinges on the elimination of a manned satellite that stands sentinel near the planetoid – a satellite that will later become the Nerva space station that will preserve the human race. But the Cybermen don’t count on the arrival of the Doctor, Sarah and Harry – or on the willpower and ability of the Vogans to defend their homeworld.

Download this episodewritten by Gerry Davis
directed by Michael E. Briant
music by Carey Blyton

Guest Cast: Alec Wallis (Warner), Ronald Leigh-Hunt (Stevenson), Jeremy Wilkin (Kellman), William Marlowe (Lester), David Collings (Vorus/Wilkins), Michael Wisher (Magrik/Colville/Vogan voice), Christopher Robbie (Cyberleader), Melville Jones (Cyberman), Kevin Stoney (Tyrum), Brian Grellis (Sheprah)

Broadcast from April 19 through May 10, 1975

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Goodchild

SearchArby stops Sky from engaging in battle with the newly arrived figure in the forest, but they are picked up by the police, who press breaking/entering and assault charges against Sky because of his encounter with Roy’s father. Sky uses his ability to influence the mind of others to convince the police sergeant to release him. There is another brief encounter with the shadowy figure from the forest, convincing Sky that not only is he in danger, but Arby, Jane and Roy are in danger due to their contact with him.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Terry Harding
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Frances Cuka (Mrs. Vennor), Thomas Heathcote (Mr. Vennor), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

Notes: The 2″ master videotape of this episode suffered critical damage in the 1990s, and is Skyrepresented on DVD by a VHS backup copy of noticeably lower quality. David Jackson (1934–2005) would go on to play freedom fighter Gan, a member of the Liberator crew during the first two seasons of the BBC’s space opera Blake’s 7.

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Genesis

Survivors (1970s series)Awakened by the incongruous sound of a helicopter flying overhead, Abby tries to get the pilot’s attention, to no avail. The pilot, Greg Preston, stole the helicopter to rush home from Holland, only to find his wife dead of the plague. He sets out by car and happens upon a woman named Anne Tranter, who’s trying to flag down someone who can help her husband, trapped under a flipped tractor. Once Greg has helped to rescue Anne’s husband, however, he is stunned by her attitude – she’s more concerned with regaining some semblence of material wealth than with trying to rebuild society. Abby’s travels take her to a large country house where Arthur Wormley, a well-known union boss, has set up shop. At first, Wormley’s ideas are attractive: rebuilding society and restoring normalcy. But slowly, Abby realizes that Wormley’s rhetoric is merely a smokescreen to cover for his real motive – a grab for power, forming a new government with himself at the top. When he admits that the spacious house is something that he and his supporters “took over,” and decides that he has the authority to order the execution of anyone who tries to oppose his idea of law and order, Abby leaves quickly. Jenny Richards – still wandering – meets Preston, who is raiding a pharmacy for medicine for Anne Tranter’s husband. But as he races back to help, he finds Anne has already left her husband, claiming he is dead.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Gerald Blake
title music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCullouch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), George Baker (Arthur Wormley), Myra Frances (Anne Tranter), Terry Scully (Vic Thatcher), Brian Peck (Dave Long), Edward Brooks (Colonel), Peter Jolley (First Man)

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What Dread Hand

SearchThe shadowy man known only as Goodchild has attacked Sky again, rendering the boy feeble and weak; Roy, Arby and Jane take him to the nearest hospital, unsure of what else they can do to help him. In the hospital, Sky continues muttering something about the Juganet, and tries to reach out telepathically to his new friends for help, but otherwise remains in a trancelike state. Goodchild adopts a less medieval outfit to blend in and finish the battle, and Sky’s friends may not be able to save him in time.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Derek Clark
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Frances Cuka (Mrs. Vennor), Thomas Heathcote (Mr. Vennor), Meredith Edwards (Tom), Gerald Hel (Dr. Saul), Ursula Barclay (First Nurse), Monica Lavers (Second Nurse), Barbara Baber (Receptionist), Geoff Serle (Orderly), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

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Gone Away

Survivors (1970s series)Vagrant Tom Price thought that the plague might actually improve his lot in life – with fewer people alive, he might actually find work. But the plague has drastically recalibrated the scale of what is and isn’t valuable. In this new world, scavenging through a vacant house, Tom finds a huge wad of cash which now has no value whatsoever. The only thing of value that he does find is a shotgun – and live chickens. He shoots one of the chickens, only to see it stolen by another survivor. Tom continues wandering until he happens upon the abandoned property that Abby has decided to use as a base of operations in her search for her son. Abby, however, isn’t there; she’s enlisted the help of Jenny and Greg to go scavenging for more food and supplies at the first store they can find. But while the store has ample supplies, it also has a hanged man on display as a warning to looters. Greg is eager to leave at once, but Abby and Jenny continue “shopping” until a gang of armed thugs appear. Abby recognizes them – Arthur Wormley’s self-appointed mob passing themselves off as the “new government.” Even at gunpoint, Abby refuses to accept their authority as law, and whether she wants to choose sides or not, she has made a new enemy.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Terence Williams
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), Brian Peck (Dave Long), Barry Stanton (Reg Gunnel), Robert Gillespie (John Milner), Robert Fyfe (Phillipson), Graham Fletcher (Boy)

Notes: The dead farm animals seen by Tom may have starved to death, or it may be a subtle hint that the disease has jumped species. If anything is surprising about the survivors’ plight, it is the fact that, with limited space in their scavenging vehicles for food, they manage to keep acquiring an endless supply of cigarettes.

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Evalake

SearchWith the help of Tommy, the mental patient from the hospital, Sky tries to explain the circular nature of the Juganet to his friends. At the same time, Sky learns about Earth religions, and marvels at the destructiveness of the human race. With the help of Arby and Jane, Sky narrows down the possible site of the Juganet on Earth to a tall, round hill topped by an ancient castle. Sky goes there, intent to activate the Juganet to return to his home dimension, but Goodchild is also there.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Terry Harding
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Meredith Edwards (Tom), Pruella Ransome (Susannah), Sean Lynch (Michael), Gerard Hely (Dr. Saul), Ursula Barclay (First Nurse), Monica Lavers (Second Nurse), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible ManAfter eight months of working on a teleportation system for the mysterious Klae Corporation, scientist Dr. Daniel Westin has been concealing a second research project, investigating an unexpected side effect of his research: invisibility. Westin and his wife, Dr. Kate Westin, have succeeded in rendering inanimate objects and small animals invisible. When this fact is revealed to Carlson, the director of Klae Corporation, Carlson immediately suggests military uses for the Westins’ breakthrough. Daniel refuses to cooperate further, and the Westins are fired from the Klae Corporation; their home is surrounded by armed agents. Daniel decides to risk sneaking back into his Klae lab to destroy the machinery that makes invisibility possible, but makes himself invisible first so he can escape, fully believing that he will became visible again after a short while.

But the effect turns out to be permanent. Daniel goes into hiding and enlists the help of an old friend, a plastic surgeon, to create a lifelike mask and gloves to simulate Daniel’s real face and hands. Daniel is left with no choice but to return to Klae to offer apologies and to try to piece together his destroyed research so he can someday become visible again. He demands that Carlson call off the armed agents surrouding the Westin home…and then discovers that they have nothing to do with Klae Corporation at all, and that someone else is willing to go to any length, including threatening Kate’s life, to gain the secret of invisibility for themselves.

teleplay by Steven Bochco
television story by Harve Bennett & Steven Bochco
directed by Robert Michael Lewis
music by Richard Clements

The Invisible ManCast: David McCallum (Dr. Daniel Westin), Melinda Fee (Dr. Kate Westin), Jackie Cooper (Walter Carlson), Henry Darrow (Dr. Nick Maggio), Alex Henteloff (Rick Steiner), Arch Johnson (General Turner), John McLiam (Blind Man), Ted Gehring (Gate Guard), Paul Kent (Security Chief), Milt Kogan (Doctor), Jon Cedar (Lobby Guard), Tamar Cooper (Receptionist), Lew Palter (Motel Clerk), Richard Forbes (Motel Guest)

The Invisible ManNotes: A 90-minute pilot movie that led to a series in NBC’s fall 1975 TV season, The Invisible Man is only loosely based upon H.G. Wells’ novel. The special effects used in each episode to depict Daniel’s invisibility are done on video, much like a live TV weathercast. Film-based opticals couldn’t be done on a TV timetable, so The Invisible Man shot those scenes on videotape, and then transferred that video to film by syncing a high-resollution monitor to the scan rate of the film camera. Much like contemporary BBC productions that showed little concern about switching from studio video to location film, the change is noticeable, and the process was still costly.

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Corn Dolly

Survivors (1970s series)On the run after Wormley’s men discovered their shelter, Abby, Greg and Jenny encounter another small group of survivors, decidedly more friendly than any of Wormley’s thugs. Their leader, Charles, is open and seems to share Abby’s desire to restart society in simpler, more peaceful terms. Not only does Charles seem to have the same goals as Abby, but joining up with his group would save her the responsibility of personally leading what remains of humanity. Charles’ group seems to have abundant resources, and they’ve already begun planting crops. But when Abby and her friends return to Charles’ commune with him, they find that many of his followers are deathly ill. Abby soon discovers that her definition of mercy, and her ideas for ensuring humanity’s survival, may not be the same things Charles has in mind after all.

written by Jack Ronder
directed by Pennant Roberts
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Denis Lill (Charles), Yvonne Bonnamy (Isla), Annie Hayes (Loraine), Keith Jayne (Mick), June Bolton (Tessa), Maureen Nelson (Woman)

Notes: This episode is the source of much information about the state of post-plague England; the estimated population of the entire island is down to 10,000, and no more than one person from any given immediate family seems to have survived. The domestic cat has also mysteriously vanished in the wake of the disease. It is, however, possible that Charles invented these statistics to make the idea of joining his commune more appealing and urgent.

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Life Force

SearchAs has happened virtually every time he has left their company, Sky once again comes under psychic attack when he leaves Arby and Jane to go it alone. When they try to help, they are locked into a room in the castle by a man working for Goodchild. Roy, with the police in tow, comes looking for his friends, but no one hears their cries for help. The battle between the elemental forces of nature is joined. At stake: the future of all life on Earth, and the secret of the location of the Juganet.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Leonard White
music by Eric Wetherell

Cast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Trevor Ray (Rex), John Curry (Policeman), Robert Eddison Sky(Goodchild)

Notes: Guest star Trevor Ray is also a writer of some renown, as well as co-creator of two genre series of his own, Children Of The Stones and Raven – both of which were also produced and broadcast by HTV West, and both of which also concern ancient stone circles.

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Gone To The Angels

Survivors (1970s series)Greg finally breaks down and tries to convince Abby that not only is her search for her son unlikely to produce the result she wants, but it’s preventing her from moving on to her role as a natural leader to rebuild society. But she refuses to give up the search, which takes her back to Peter’s school – where there are both surprising signs of life and signs that things have gotten worse for anyone who stayed behind. Greg and Jenny meet a pair of children who are desperately trying to scrape by, but they’ve met another boy – possibly from Peter’s nearby school – and talk about other children who have “gone to the angels.” Reunited with Abby, they try to find where any survivors from the school could have gone, but instead they discover an unnerved man who’s seen evidence that Arthur Wormley’s movement is gaining momentum.

written by Jack Ronder
directed by Gerald Blake
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Peter Miles (Lincoln), Frederick Hall (Jack), Kenneth Caswell (Robert), Nickolas Grace (Matthew), Stephen Dudley (John), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie)

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Chariot Of Fire

SearchThe Juganet is revealed: 20th century civilization knows it as Stonehenge. Sky steps into the stone circle and vanishes; a disbelieving Arby follows him, and finds himself in another time, among what he believes is Sky’s civilization, though they banish him to a “place of darkness” for being evil. Sky explains that these are the descendants of humanity, dedicated to harmony with nature – and that they may achieve more than 20th century civilization ever could. But none of that answers the question of whether or not Arby can safely return to his own time.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Derek Clark
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Bernard Archard (Haril), Peter Copley (Revil), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

Notes: The 2″ master videotape of this episode suffered critical damage in the 1990s, and is Skyrepresented on DVD by a VHS backup copy of noticeably lower quality. This is the final episode of the series, and its nature-over-technology message is strikingly similar to a BBC series, The Changes, aired the same year.

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Garland’s War

Survivors (1970s series)Abby and the others follow a lead about a boy spotted nearby, and when the man they speak to calls out to Peter, Abby dares to hope she’s found her son – until the boy turns out to be a different Peter. As Abby retreats to recover from this revelation, Greg and Jenny probe further, learning about a country estate called the Waterhouse where a group of people have banded together to pool their resources. When Abby goes to search for the place, she drives right into a manhunt – a large group of armed men pursuing a man named Garland. He seeks her help, and he has bad news: his pursuers have taken control of the Waterhouse. She’s disturbed when Garland confesses that he’s enjoying the post-plague lifestyle – his survivalist hobby has now turned into an excitingly risky way of life for him. Garland goes to secure new transport to replace Abby’s damaged vehicle, and in his absence, she’s captured by men from the Waterhouse. They paint an entirely different picture of Garland’s activities, and in any case, both Garland and the men occupying the Waterhouse seem more than happy to make it a fight to the death…and Abby is trapped in the middle.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Terence Williams
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Richard Heffer (Jimmy Garland), Peter Jeffrey (Knox), Dennis Chinnery (John Carroll), Robert Oates (Harris), David G. March (Bates), Michael Jamieson (Ken), Susanna East (Betty), Roger Elliott (Sentry), Steve Fletcher (Peter), Stephen Dudley (John), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie)

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Starvation

Survivors (1970s series)Two women have found each other in the aftermath of the plague, forming a close bond – and something of a dependency. The younger woman, Wendy, forages for food for both of them, but has no hunting skills, while the older woman’s home provides shelter for both. Wendy ventures out to search for food and has the misfortune to meet Tom Price. Still a vagrant after leaving Wormley’s movement, he’s become a self-proclaimed “procurement” expert – he gets what people need, and they give him something he needs in exchange. There’s something very specific he wants from Wendy in exchange for food, but he soon finds out that she’s not willing to negotiate for that. Abby leaves her traveling companions to defend the old woman from a pack of feral dogs, until Tom – still on Wendy’s trail – finds the house and holds them at gunpoint. In the meantime, Greg and Jenny may have discovered an abandoned country estate that could well serve as a permanent base of operations.

written by Jack Ronder
directed by Pennant Roberts
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), John Hallett (Barney), Julie Neubert (Wendy), Hana-Maria Pravda (Emma Cohen), Stephen Dudley (John), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie)

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Spoil Of War

Survivors (1970s series)Settled into the easily defendable, castle-like estate, the survivors begin trying to grow their own food. A man named Paul approaches them outside, offering his expertise in working the land… and marveling at the fact that the city-dwellers are surviving at all with what little farming experience they have. Greg remembers his encounter with a couple in a rock quarry, and recalls that their caravan – almost certainly abandoned by now – was stocked with a number of things that could be planted and grown. He dispatches Tom Price to retrieve this stash, but Price fails to return at the appointed hour; instead of Price’s van, another vehicle approaches, containing businessman Arthur Russell and his overworked secretary, upon whom he seems to depend for everything even in the wake of the plague. The survivors do, in fact, need Paul’s help, and the supplies from the quarry… which aren’t as abandoned as Greg thinks.

written by M.K. Jeeves
directed by Gerald Blake
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), Chris Tranchell (Paul Pitman), Terry Scully (Vic Thatcher), Hana-Maria Pravda (Emma Cohen), Julie Neubert (Wendy), John Hallett (Barney), Eileen Helsby (Charmian Wentworth), Michael Gover (Arthur Russell), Stephen Dudley (John), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie)

Notes: The quarry was last seen in the second episode of the series, Genesis. Though the most common usage of the phrase is “spoils of war” – indeed, Tom Price even says that in the course of the story – the title of the episode is indeed Spoil Of War.

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Law And Order

Survivors (1970s series)With her community having suddenly accumulated so many people – Paul, Arthur Russell and Charmian, simple-minded Barney, Tom Price (again), the children, Wendy and Mrs. Cohen, and the crippled Vic Thatcher – Abby finds herself in charge of a disharmonious group. She attempts to set some ground rules for living in the burgeoning community but meets some resistance; to ease the tension a bit, Abby decides to throw a party, even going so far as to break out some of the wine that Vic had stashed in his caravan.

The next morning, Wendy is found dead, brutally murdered. Now Abby has to find a murderer in the midst of her community – suspects must be singled out and questioned, and a verdict much be reached, voted on by everyone else. And then the group must decide what action to take against the guilty party, up to and including a death penalty. But can a unanimous jury be found within the already-fractious group?

written by M.K. Jeeves
directed by Pennant Roberts
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), John Hallett (Barney), Julie Neubert (Wendy), Hana-Maria Pravda (Emma Cohen), Michael Gover (Arthur Russell), Chris Tranchell (Paul Pitman), Eileen Helsby (Charmian Wentworth), Stephen Dudley (John), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie)

Notes: This rather shocking episode is, perhaps, more startling for what it implies than for what it makes explicit. No one ever states it directly, but it is strongly implied that Wendy has been raped as well as murdered. There’s also a question left hanging over whether or not the guilty party is a serial rapist, an incredibly dark subject for prime time TV on either side of the Atlantic in 1975.

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The Future Hour

Survivors (1970s series)Abby’s commune isn’t the only organized pocket of civilization trying to rebuild. Greg and Paul discover a convoy of vehicles under the command of Bernard Huxley, who has hoarded various consumables into trailers with the hope that currency will make a comeback – and make him a rich man. As strange as Huxley’s ideas are, he and his men are determined to protect his property, and he counts among that his pregnant wife, who’s actually trying to escape from him. When she comes to Abby to seek a place to hide, it puts Abby’s group of survivors in Huxley’s line of fire, and he’ll stop at nothing to recover what he firmly believes is his.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Terence Williams
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Glyn Owen (Bernard Huxley), Talfryn Thomas (Tom Price), Hana-Maria Pravda (Emma Cohen), Chris Tranchell (Paul Pitman), Terry Scully (Vic Thatcher), Eileen Helsby (Charmian Wentworth), Michael Gover (Arthur Russell), Caroline Burt (Laura Foster), James Hayes (Phil), Denis Lawson (Norman), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie), Stephen Dudley (John)

Notes: This episode sees the demise of series regular Talfryn Thomas as Tom Price, tying off the loose ends from the previous episode, though it’s surprising that Price was allowed to remain with Abby’s group, and even more surprising that anyone was willing to allow him to be armed. Guest star Denis Lawson would later find cult fame as Wedge Antilles, the luckiest X-Wing pilot in the history of the Star Wars franchise.

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Revenge

Survivors (1970s series)Having grown more isolated as the rest of the survivors work toward the harvest, Vic – confined by his crippled legs to a rolling office chair – attempts suicide. Greg and Paul continue searching through the rooms of the Grange, eventually finding a real wheelchair for Vic, as well as a wealth of books that could help to formalize Vic’s role as the settlement’s unofficial teacher. A tanker truck full of gasoline arrives, occupied by two more refugees from the more populated parts of England – one of whom is Anne, the woman who left Vic for dead at the first opportunity. She and Greg recognize each other on sight, and Greg informs her that Vic is still alive. When Vic learns of Anne’s return, he becomes obsessed with seeing her – but is he plotting revenge or rapproachment?

written by Jack Ronder
directed by Gerald Blake
music by Anthony Isaac

SurvivorsCast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Hugh Walters (Vic Thatcher), Myra Frances (Anne Tranter), Chris Tranchell (Paul Pitman), Hana-Maria Pravda (Emma Cohen), Eileen Helsby (Charmian Wentworth), Michael Gover (Arthur Russell), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie), Stephen Dudley (John), Robert Tayman (Donny)

Notes: Hugh Walters – known to Doctor Who fans as Time Lord roving reporter Runcible – takes over the part of Vic for the remainder of the character’s appearances.

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Something Of Value

Survivors (1970s series)A stranger shows up at the Grange, introduces himself, stays for dinner, and then sneaks out under cover of night during a downpouring rain. The rain floods the Grange’s basement and its garden, wiping out most of the survivors’ food stock. With Donny’s tanker of fuel still on hand, however, they have something that’s as good as currency for trading – perhaps the only thing that really matters aside from food. Little do they know that the mysterious visitor was an advance scout for a smaller group of survivors who will stop at nothing to get the fuel for themselves, whether it means taking hostages or committing murder.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Terence Williams
music by Anthony Isaac

SurvivorsCast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Matthew Long (Robert Lawson), Murray Hayne (Jim Buckmaster), Paul Chapman (Thorpe), Hana-Maria Pravda (Mrs. Cohen), Chris Tranchell (Paul Pitman), Eileen Helsby (Charmian Wentworth), Michael Gover (Arthur Russell), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie), Stephen Dudley (John)

Notes: Donny is not seen in the episode, so it’s uncertain whether or not he remained at the Grange or left with Anne Tranter (who seemed to leave alone in the previous episode).

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A Beginning

Survivors (1970s series)A trade with another settlement – some of the gasoline from Donny’s tanker for seed – turns disastrous when the seed proves to be useless. Open dissent breaks out among the survivors, and Abby has had her fill of having to make all the decisions. Another group of plague survivors appears, though they have one seriously ill woman with them, and bear a warning about a more aggressive group of survivors beginning to chase smaller groups off of their own land. The woman’s illness forces Greg to consider the safety of the rest of his group and deny them access to the Grange. When the new group leaves, however, they leave the sick woman near the Grange to die on her own; Greg advocates letting her do precisely that, while Abby decides to take her in instead. A serious disagreement erupts, and this time Abby opts to leave the Grange; after several hours of walking, she encounters survivalist Jimmy Garland, still thriving in the post-plague world, and he takes her in for the night. Greg, Arthur and Paul decide to reach out to other nearby settlements and groups, even the Waterhouse, to form a mutual defense pact. As she recovers, the sick woman reveals that she has met a boy named Peter Grant.

written by Terry Nation
directed by Pennant Roberts
music by Anthony Isaac

Cast: Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston), Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards), Hana-Maria Pravda (Mrs. Cohen), Michael Gover (Arthur Russell), Hugh Walters (Vic Thatcher), Chris Tranchell (Paul Pitman), Eileen Helsby (Charmian Wentworth), Richard Heffer (Jimmy Garland), Harry Markham (Burton), Annie Irving (Ruth), Stephen Dudley (John), Tanya Ronder (Lizzie)

SurvivorsNotes: This is Carolyn Seymour’s last appearance in Survivors; in a Survivors-focused episode of the BBC’s retrospective series The Cult Of…, Seymour reveals that she was struggling with alcoholism during the making of the first series. She went on to appear in Space: 1999, a few guest shots on Quantum Leap as Zoey, the hologram advisor of the “Evil Leaper” from the show’s later seasons, three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Contagion, First Contact, Face Of The Enemy), Babylon 5, and a brief stint in what was intended to be a recurring role in Star Trek: Voyager (Cathexis, Persistence Of Vision), among many, many other appearances and video game voice-over roles. Jimmy Garland and the Waterhouse were last seen in Garland’s War.

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Terror Of The Zygons

Doctor WhoRecalled to Earth by the Brigadier via time-space telegraph, the TARDIS brings the Doctor, Sarah and Harry to the Scottish moors, not far from where offshore oil drilling platforms have been subjected to a series of attacks from the sea – but UNIT can find no traces of attacks from either a boat or a submarine. In the nearest village, the Doctor uncovers evidence that someone there may be behind the attacks, and Harry is shot while trying to help a man washed ashore from the latest attack.

Season 13 Regular Cast: Tom Baker (The Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)

Download this episodewritten by Robert Banks Stewart
directed by Douglas Camfield
music by Geoffrey Burgon

Guest Cast: Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan), John Levene (RSM Benton), John Woodnutt (Duke of Forgill / Broton), Hugh Martin (Munro), Tony Sibbald (Huckle), Angus Lennie (Angus McRanald), Robert Russell (The Caber), Bruce Wightman (Radio Operator), Lillias Walker (Sister Lamont), Bernard G. High (Corporal)

Broadcast from August 30 through September 20, 1975

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Breakaway

Space: 1999Commander John Koenig is hand-picked to take over at the manned lunar colony Moonbase Alpha, the site of the impending launch of an interstellar probe to the planet Meta, and also the site of a slowly spreading epicdemic that endangers that mission. When Koenig arrives, he finds a supportive old friend in Professor Victor Bergman, and a somewhat perturbed chief surgeon, Dr. Helena Russell. Dr. Russell has been diagnosing the victims of the outbreak as they progress from mental aberrations to a comatose state and finally to death, and she has made a few discoveries – but all of her recommendations have gone unheeded (and worse yet, have been considered unfounded) by space program commissioner Simmonds. Koenig soon finds that Simmonds has been ignoring any reports that don’t indicate a perfectly normal situation, and decides to force the commissioner’s hand by bringing him to Moonbase Alpha in person.

Following Dr. Russell’s leads, Koenig postpones the launch of the Meta probe and leads an investigation into strange happenings at the station’s nuclear waste facility, where unwanted material from Earth is being stockpiled until scientists can figure out what to do with it. Koenig finds out only too late that far too much nuclear waste has been shipped in from Earth, setting up an unanticipated electromagnetic effect that accounts for the strange behavior of both equipment and crewmen. An emergency operation is set up to disperse the material, but the procedure goes horribly wrong – a colossal nuclear explosion generates enough force to push the moon out of Earth’s orbit, destroying the Meta probe’s launch facility and inflicting massive damage on Moonbase Alpha in the process. With the base’s communications down, and the moon plummeting through deep space too fast for any rescue ship from Earth to catch up with it, Earth presumes all hands have been lost – and Commander Koenig and his crew have a new permanent assignment…whether they want it or not.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Martin Landau (Commander John Koenig), Barbara Bain (Dr. Helena Russell), Barry Morse (Professor Victor Bergman)

Order the DVDswritten by George Bellak
directed by Lee H. Katzin
music by Barry Gray / additional music by Vic Elms

Guest Cast: Roy Dotrice (Commissioner Symonds), Prentis Hancock (Paul Morrow), Zienia Merton (Sandra Benes), Anton Phillips (Dr. Mathias), Nick Tate (Alan Carter), Philip Madoc (Commander Gorski), Lon Satton (Ouma), Eric Carte (Collins)

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