Superman On Earth

The Adventures Of SupermanJor-El, a member of the ruling council of the distant planet Krypton, warns his fellow councillors that Krypton’s end is near: the planet could break apart at any time. His peers laugh him out of the room, but that doesn’t change the planet’s fate. When Krypton begins to break apart just as Jor-El predicted, he and his wife place their only son in a small spacecraft and send it away to the planet Earth.

The vehicle crashes on Earth, bursting into flames. Farmer Eben Kent and his wife Sarah witness the crash and hear the cries of the infant inside; Eben manages to save the baby before the spacecraft explodes. They raise the child as their own, though young Clark Kent eventually has questions about the fact that he has abilities that no one else seems to have. On Clark’s 25th birthday – or at least the 25th anniversary of his arrival on Earth – Eben suffers a fatal heart attack. Clark eventually leaves his childhood home for the city of Metropolis, where he seeks a job as a report for the Daily Planet. Editor Perry White is less than enthusiastic about his new hire…until Clark somehow scoops the rest of the Planet’s staff, including ace reporter Lois Lane, turning in the first article about an airship crew member who would have fallen to his death if not for a flying man in a cape…

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Richard Fielding
directed by Tommy Carr
music by Leon Klatzkin

Adventures of SupermanCast: George Reeves (Clark Kent / Superman), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane), Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen), John Hamilton (Perry White), Ross Elliott (Eben Kent), Robert Rockwell (Jor-El), Herbert Rawlinson (Ro-Zon), Stuart Randall (Gogan), Aline Towne (Lara), Frances Morris (Sarah Kent), Dani Nolan (Miss Bachrach)

Adventures of SupermanNotes: Superman’s origin story unfolds here much as it does in other media, though the name “Kal-El” is never spoken here. Sarah Kent is responsible for making Superman’s costume, having sewn it from the blanket in which he was wrapped as an infant on Krypton. (How this fabric can withstand bullets and burns, and yet can still be cut up and sewn, isn’t explained.) Beginning an unfortunate decades-long tradition, Superman’s creators, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, are not credited anywhere in this adaptation.

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The Haunted Lighthouse

The Adventures Of SupermanThe Daily Planet’s junior photographer, Jimmy Olsen, goes to Maine for a vacation at the invitation of his Aunt Louisa. But something is amiss when he arrives: his cousin Chris is hostile almost to the point of violence about Jimmy’s interest in a cave on a coast, the shrill voice of someone claiming to be drowning can be heard at night, and the mute housekeeper keeps delivering handwritten notes from Aunt Louisa, claiming to be in trouble. Sensing a story that’s bigger than he is, Jimmy calls Clark Kent to ask for help, unaware that he’ll be getting a hand from Superman as well.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Eugene Solow
directed by Tommy Carr
music by Leon Klatzkin

Adventures of SupermanCast: George Reeves (Clark Kent / Superman), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane), Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen), John Hamilton (Perry White), Maude Prickett (Parrot), Jimmy Ogg (Chris), Allene Roberts (Alice), Sarah Padden (Mrs. Carmody), Stephen Carr (Lt. Harris), William Challee (Mack), Effie Laird (Aunt Louisa)

Adventures of SupermanNotes: Just two weeks into the series, Aunt Louisa almost guesses Clark’s other identity in front of a room full of onlookers. Though the actors are credited, neither Lois nor Perry White appear in this episode. Writer Eugene Solow (no relation to future Star Trek production executive Herb Solow) was also responsible for the screenplay of the acclaimed 1939 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men.

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Beyond

Science Fiction TheatreHost Segment: Truman Bradley demonstrates forces that can conclusively be proven to exist, such as gravity, acceleration, sound and magnetism, without being seen.

Story: Test pilot Major Gunderson pushes a new experimental jet plane to unheard-of speeds, more than twice the speed of sound. But even more surprising is Gunderson’s awed report from the sky: something up there is overtaking him, a vehicle shaped nothing like a conventional aircraft. Gunderson’s controls go haywire and he’s forced to eject to survive. His superiors are alarmed when Gunderson begins talking about having encountered a flying saucer…

teleplay by Robert Smith and George Van Marter
story by Ivan L. Tors
directed by Herbert L. Strock
music not credited

Science Fiction TheatreCast: Truman Bradley (Host / Narrator), William Lundigan (Maj. Gunderson), Ellen Drew (Mrs. Gunderson), Bruce Bennett (Gen. Troy), Tom Drake (Dr. Everett), Basil Ruysdael (Prof. Carson), Douglas Kennedy (Col. Barton), Michael Fox (Radar Man), Robert Carson (Capt. Ferguson), Mark Lowell (Radio Operator)

Notes: To put this story in its historical context, the first Mach 2 jet flight had been flown by test pilot Scott Crossfield in late 1953, only to be exceeded by a Mach 2.44 flight flown by Chuck Yeager in December of that year, less than a year and a half before Science Fiction Theatre premiered in syndication Science Fiction Theatrewith this episode. Other elements, such as the notion of a military cover-up (albeit a quiet, non-threatening one) of a real UFO sighting, were very much ahead of their time.

Unusually for 1955, the first season of Science Fiction Theatre was filmed in color by Ziv Television Productions, a bit of future-proofing that Ziv could afford as its programming was in demand by television stations whose networks ran very limited programming of their own. While most of Ziv’s programs were either modern-day dramas and spy thrillers, westerns, or wartime dramas, this was one of only three science fiction shows Ziv produced; the short-lived World Of Giants anticipated elements of Irwin Allen’s 1960s series Land Of The Giants, while Men Into Space, picked up by CBS, speculated on and dramatized the future of real spaceflight.

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Attack Of The Space Terrapin

Battle Of The PlanetsEarly warning robot 7-Zark-7 observes as a huge, turtle-shaped alien spacecraft from the planet Spectra attacks a heavily guarded facility to steal the formula for a substance that Earth shares freely with many other worlds to ease famine. G-Force, a team of five young people whose cerebonic implants give them amazing strength and endurance, is called into action. But when the vehicle vanishes without a trace, G-Force leader Mark decides that the team needs to forgo destroying their target so they can find its base of operations on Earth. His second-in-command, Jason, disagrees… but with Spectra’s forces constantly stepping up their attacks on Earth, he’ll have plenty of opportunities for the action he craves. Aboard their spacecraft, the Phoenix, G-Force works to destroy the Spectra vehicle from the inside… but escaping won’t be so easy.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Alan Dinehart
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Voice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Janet Waldo (Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Ronnie Schell (Tiny), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar / The Luminous One)

Battle Of The PlanetsNote: For this episode only – the first one produced – Ronnie Schell plays Tiny, but the actor says he did not provide the voice of Jason for this first episode. The voice actor for Jason remains unknown for this episode alone. 7-Zark-7 says that Center Neptune is “900 fathoms beneath the surface of the sea” off of America’s west coast – or just a little over a mile undersea. All of Dr. Nambu’s appearances in this episode are replaced by narration or orders delivered by radio from 7-Zark-7. Dr. Nambu would appear in later episodes, but he was given the name of Chief Anderson – a name that, in the original Gatchaman episodes, belonged to a completely different character.

For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

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Rescue Of The Astronauts

Battle Of The PlanetsA space capsule returns from Mars with orbital photos pinpointing every secret Spectra base on the red planet’s surface. Before that information can be returned to Center Neptune, however, a huge Spectra submarine snags the capsule moments after its ocean splashdown. Mark and the Phoenix crew discover an underwater base where the capsule’s two-man crew is being held hostage, and Mark sets out alone to rescue them. But once he’s inside the base, Mark discovers that his arrival has been expected – and unless his teammates can rescue him, he’s just become Spectra’s third hostage.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by David E. Hanson
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Voice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo (Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar / The Luminous One)

Battle Of The PlanetsNote: Casey Kasem doubles as the voice of the flight controller for the space mission, using the “radio voice” that made him famous as the longtime host of the weekly syndicated radio show, American Top 40. The most significant plot alteration in this episode is the complete avoidance of the original Gatchaman scenes in which it is revealed that the captured astronauts have already been killed before their would-be rescuer arrived (!). In the scene where Mark yells a somewhat out-of-place “Tarzan” sound, the original Japanese episode had the character issuing a fierce war cry. For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

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The Space Mummy

Battle Of The PlanetsPlane crashes and sightings of mysterious phenomena abound on the recently-discovered planet Zarkadia (named after its discoverer, 7-Zark-7), a new ally of Earth. Chief Anderson and G-Force travel there in the Phoenix to investigate, discovering that Spectra has created a giant robotic mummy to terrorize the planet. The plutonium-powered robot’s target is Dr. Sweet, who has discovered and refined a plutonium-neutralizing mineral called anti-pluton. Silencing the scientist will allow Spectra’s plutonium-powered terrors to rampage across the galaxy unchecked. The mummy has only one vulnerable point, and Mark has to find it with little time to spare.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Battle Of The PlanetsVoice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo (Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar)

Note: This is the first episode to feature new animation of the existing Gatchaman characters created expressly for Battle Of The Planets, namely, Mark on 7-Zark-7’s viewscreen (the difference between the Japanese animation and the American animation is instantly recognizable to any anime afficionado). Chief Anderson is said to be aboard the Phoenix for its interplanetary flight to Zarkadia (presumably the people of this planet didn’t already have a more dignified name for their homeworld), but since Dr. Nambu seldom, if ever, boarded the God Phoenix in Gatchaman, he is not seen there. Another thing not seen here is the entire opening teaser from the original Japanese episode, completely cut due to its violent images. The Zarkadians (really?) are apparently immune to the common cold. For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here. The airdate listed here is approximate, not exact; see the bottom of this page for information on Battle Of The Planets airdates.

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The Space Serpent

Battle Of The PlanetsA recent series of earthquakes gets Chief Anderson’s attention. One of the leading seismologists in the country, Dr. Harlon, talks to his old student Mark about the unusual quakes, which are occurring far away from known fault lines. But before they can catch up on old times, another quake strikes, and Dr. Harlon falls into the resulting crack in the ground and is killed. Mark takes his teacher’s death hard, but not as hard as Harlon’s daughter Debbie. Taking it upon himself to personally find the cause of the earthquakes and prevent them from happening again, Mark goes rogue, leaving the rest of G-Force out of the action as he searches for Spectra’s latest monstrous creation – a giant metallic serpent burrowing under the surface of Earth. This foe is more than Mark can handle alone, though – and the rest of his colleagues have to break out the big guns to save the world from Zoltar’s latest scheme.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Voice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo (Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar)

Battle Of The PlanetsNote: Astonishingly by today’s standards, the scenes of the seismologist lighting up and smoking a cigarette are left in; then again, it was the 1970s. At any point past the early 1980s, the scenes would’ve been edited to avoid the smoking, or the conversation would’ve been cut altogether, or – as often happened when people were seen to meet grisly ends in Battle Of The Planets – 7-Zark-7 would’ve mentioned that it’s okay for him to smoke because he’s a robot. (Okay, maybe not.) The U.N. fighter jets – all of which have canopies for pilots – are said to be “robot controlled fighters.” Other lessons learned in this episode: it’s okay to put the firing switch for nuclear weapons in the hands of an untrained (and possibly teenage) civilian, so long as she refuses to fire them because seeking revenge is bad. (The scene of her firing the weapon – as actually happened in the original Gatchaman episode – is skipped, and we hear via voice-over that Jason lets the nukes fly instead. Which is perfectly acceptable.) For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

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Ghost Ship From Planet Mir

Battle Of The PlanetsA new Earth base on the planet Mir, combining an oceanic research facility with a huge oil refinery, has become the latest target of Spectra’s attacks. Supply ships with human crews are disappearing near a “ship graveyard” in Mir’s major ocean, and Chief Anderson sends G-Force to investigate. The Phoenix arrives and heads straight for Mir’s ocean, quickly finding evidence that Spectra is teaming up with disgruntled locals on Mir to drive humans off their planet. Jason is eager to take the fight to Spectra’s fleet of fighters, but when he empties the Phoenix’s entire supply of missiles, G-Force has to hope that help is on the way.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Voice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo Battle Of The Planets(Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar / The Luminous One)

Note: The Red Impulse element of the original episode is completely omitted here; G-Force’s salvation comes from unspecified “fighters from Mir.” (Various characters pronounce the planet’s name in different ways, ranging from “mere” – a la the Russian space station – to “murr.”) President Kane’s discussion with Chief Anderson seems to imply that Earth is not welcome on Mir, despite the fact that they’ve built an undersea base with a huge oil refinery there; the presence of two factions on Mir seems to infer that Earth has set up shop in the middle of a Mir civil war (!). Large portions of the original Gatchaman episode were cut from this installment, including the initial attack on the supply ship and the entire attack on the undersea base. For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

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Big Robot Gold Grab

Battle Of The Planets7-Zark-7’s security scanners alert him to a bank robbery committed by robots. G-Force is dispatched to investigate, with Chief Anderson suspecting that Spectra is involved. Mark, Keyop, and Princess find Spectra’s hideout and allow themselves to be captured in plain clothes. Distracted by the three “civilians” and the sighting of the Phoenix, the Spectra base commander completely misses Jason sneaking into the installation to find the gold. Everything seems to be going according to plan – until Mark and his friends find themselves surrounded by the deadly robot gold thieves.

written by Jameson Brewer
directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
music by Hoyt Curtin and Bob Sakuma

Battle Of The PlanetsVoice Cast: Casey Kasem (Mark), Ronnie Schell (Jason), Janet Waldo (Princess / Susan), Alan Young (7-Zark-7 / Keyop), Alan Dinehart Jr. (Tiny / Chief Anderson), Keye Luke (Zoltar / The Luminous One)

Note: In the opening moments of the episode, 7-Zark-7 says that “all the universe knows of Center Neptune,” which slightly contradicts the numerous episodes that claim it’s G-Force’s secret base. This episode’s sound mix is almost completely replaced in many places, with American composer Hoyt Curtin’s music unusually prominent; some scenes play out with more music than sound effects. For the corresponding episode of Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, click here.

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The Inheritance

Friday The 13th: The SeriesLewis Vendredi, an antiques dealer, has a strange way of doing business: he insists nothing in his store is for sale, and yet the doors stay open and he’s able to pay his bills. He had made a pact with the devil, and when he tries to renege on the deal, the cursed items in his store turn on him and kill him.

Ryan Dallion and Michelle “Mickey” Foster, distant cousins who have never met, end up inheriting their uncle’s store upon his death. Both eager to return to their normal lives, they open the doors for one last sale, getting rid of everything they can. After spending only mere hours in the store, they’re already aware that the antiques there are out of the ordinary. They’re about to close up shop when an older man named Jack Marshak bursts in, claiming to be Uncle Lewis’ former partner. Jack is aware of Lewis’ deal with the devil, and reveals to Mickey and Ryan that every artifact in the store was cursed, imbued with evil powers – and every single item that they or Lewis ever sold must be recovered and put in a vault in the store’s basement.

The search starts with a porcelain doll sold to a family with a troubled little girl. By the time Ryan and Mickey track the family down, the doll has already started to claim the lives of everyone for whom the girl expresses a dislike. When Mickey tries to coax her into giving the doll up, she becomes the next target.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by William Taub
directed by William Fruet
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), R.G. Armstrong (Uncle Lewis Vendredi), Sarah Polley (Mary), Friday The 13th: The SeriesLynne Cormack (Mrs. Simms), Michael Fletcher (Mr. Simms), Esther Hockin (Babysitter), Sean Fagan (Boy #1), Gordon Woolvett (Boy #2), Robyn Sheppard (Nurse), Barclay Hope (Lloyd)

Notes: Mere minutes into the episode, see if you can spot future Deepwater Black and Andromeda cast member Gordon Michael Woolvett – credited here without his middle name – as the quieter of two street hoodlums harrassing Mary (he’s the one who doesn’t get attacked by the doll).

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Encounter At Farpoint

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41153.7: The new USS Enterprise, en route to pick up its final crew members and investigate a mysterious space station, is confronted by a godlike entity known as Q who puts Captain Picard, Counselor Troi, Data and security chief Yar on trial for the crimes of all humanity in the past, a challenge Picard grudgingly agrees to meet.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Geordi La Forge), Denise Crosby (Lt. Tasha Yar), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher)

Click here for a video previewOrder the DVDswritten by Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana
directed by Corey Allen
music by Dennis McCarthy

Star Trek: The Next GenerationGuest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Michael Bell (Groppler Zorn), Colm Meaney (Battle Bridge Conn), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mandarin Baliff), Timothy Dang (Main Bridge Security), David Erskine (Bandi Shopkeeper), Evelyn Guererro (Young Female Ensign), Chuck Hicks (Military Officer), Jimmy Ortega (Torres), DeForest Kelley (Admiral McCoy)

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The Poison Pen

Friday The 13th: The SeriesAfter taking a vote among his fellow senior monks on whether or not to sell the property on which his order’s monastery sits, Abbot Capilano experiences a miracle, levitating off the ground and floating away from the monastery’s tower. He then plunges to his death.

Suspicious of newspaper reports about a monk with a disturbingly good track record of predicting people’s deaths, Ryan and Mickey poses as monks (with Mickey pretending to be a man) and gain entry to the monastery. It isn’t long before another prophecy of doom is made, this time about the abbot’s successor, who dies right on schedule. At the shop, Jack believes he’s tracked down which cursed artifact has found itself in the wrong hands at the monastery – a cursed quill pen whose writings are destined to come true. Now Ryan and Mickey have to find out which of the monks is dabbling in forces far beyond his control, though the grisly death of the man they believe is the prophet of doom throws them off their trail. But the real writer of the deadly predictions is still at large – and now he knows that the two young monks who have just arrived are a threat to his ambitions.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Dunford King
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), Colin Fox (Le Croix), Larry Reynolds (Brother Currie), Alar Aedma (Brother Drake), Lewis Gordon (Abbot Capilano), Gillie Fenwick (Brother Arrupe), Jayne Heeley (Reporter #1), Les Niremberg (Reporter #2), Ron Gabriel (Marvin Green)

Friday The 13thNotes: This is the first of three Friday The 13th appearances by veteran Canadian actor Colin Fox. His other two appearances – each as a different character – are in the show’s second season. He would later become a regular on such series as Psi Factor, and guest starred in such series as Wonderfalls, The Dead Zone, Forever Knight, Goosebumps and Relic Hunter. He’s also racked up an impressive number of animation voice credits, notably as the voice of King Harkinian in the once-weekly animated Legend Of Zelda segments of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Director Timothy Bond is a mainstay behind the camera of many Canadian-made genre series, including further Friday episodes (one of which, Eye Of Death, he also wrote), War Of The Worlds, TekWar, Robocop: The Series, Forever Knight, The Outer Limits and Mutant X. Some of his directing assignments outside of Canada’s borders included two third season epiosdes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and a few episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

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The Naked Now

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41209.5: An Away Team, after visiting a ship whose crew apparently committed mass suicide, unwittingly brings a virus aboard the Enterprise – infecting the crew with a madness that puts the thought of their duties well out of mind – while a nearby star collapses, hurling a chunk of stellar material straight toward the Enterprise.

Click here to watch a video previewOrder the DVDsteleplay by J. Michael Bingham
story by John D.F. Black and J. Michael Bingham
directed by Paul Lynch
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Brooke Bundy (Chief Engineer McDougal), Benjamin W.S. Lum (Jim Shimoda), Michael Rider (Transporter Chief), David Renan (Conn), Skip Stellrecht (Engineering Crewman), Kenny Koch (Kissing Crewman)

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Cupid’s Quiver

Friday The 13th: The SeriesThe brutal murder of a woman in a honeymoon suite repeats the pattern of a previous murder case, and Jack suspects that the common element may be a hideous Cupid statue that Uncle Lewis sold to another man four years ago – and that man, too, was convicted of murdering a woman after seducing her with the aid of a Cupid statue. Ryan and Mickey discover that the statue was taken by a member of a local college fraternity, and they try to track it down, finding that it’s changed hands again. The Cupid is now in the possession of a disturbed young man who is too socially awkward to form normal relationships, and becomes obsessed with women he meets on campus. Ryan and Mickey get themselves invited to the fraternity’s next party to recover the statue before another woman is killed.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Stephen Katz
directed by Atom Egoyan
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), Denis Forest (Eddie), Carolyn Dunn (Laurie), Kirsten Kieferle (Bar Girl), Ross Fraser (Hastings), Kevin Lund (Bowser), Dennis Fitzgerald (Harold), Joy Boushel (Redhead), Ardon Bess (Hotel Manager), Peter Faussett (Frat Member), Matt Trueman (Alex), Richard Alden (Security Guard), Patrick Tierney (Bartender), Victor Ertmanis (Jock)

Friday The 13thNotes: Mickey is still engaged to Lloyd (see The Inheritance). Denis Forest also made guest appearances on Nightmare Cafe, The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr., The X-Files, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He would become a regular in the second and final season of Friday The 13th’s syndicated Paramount stablemate, War Of The Worlds, as Malzor. He died in 2002 at the age of 41. He and guest star Carolyn Dunn both made several more appearances in Friday The 13th (as different characters). The episode featured several contemporary songs as source music (in soundtrack terms, background music which the characters can hear, such as from a radio): “Heart Like Mine” and “Try” by Blue Rodeo, “The Breakaway” by David Quinton, “Does It Matter To You” by David Quinton and Anton Evans, and “Do It All Night” and “Party Rock” by Stan Meisner.

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Code Of Honor

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41235.23: Picard must bargain with a primitive culture for the antidote to a plague which is wreaking havoc on a Federation world but is unprepared to deal with what seems like terrorism when the leader of the aliens kidnaps Tasha and refuses to give her or the vaccine up.

Order the DVDswritten by Kathryn Powers and Michael Baron
directed by Russ Mayberry
music by Fred Steiner

Guest Cast: Jessie Lawrence Ferguson (Lutan), Karole Selmon (Yareena), James Louis Watkins (Hagon), Michael Rider (Transporter Chief)

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A Cup Of Time

Friday The 13th: The SeriesA homeless girl is offered a cup of tea by a stranger, a cup with a design of vines and leaves printed on its side. The vines seem to spring from the cup and strangle the girl to death…and then return to the cup.

This isn’t the first unexplained murder in the same general area, though, and the police have no clues. Mickey and Ryan pay a visit to the investigator following the case, but he’s less than receptive to “amateur” help. The only clue is an ivy leaf, which Jack is able to identify…and trace back to a cup sold by Uncle Louis. The cup is yet another cursed item, one which can transfer a victim’s youth and vitality to the person who holds the cup. Ryan is incredulous when the cup’s trail leads to Lady Die, a past-her-prime rock star trying desperately to return to the limelight. But Lady Die is recognized by Bertie, an older woman trying to catch Jack’s attention, as someone she knew when she was younger. Can they be the same person? Has Lady Die been trying to reclaim her youth for longer than any of them can imagine?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Barbara Sachs
directed by F. Harvey Frost
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), Hilary Shepard (Lady Die), Maxine Miller (Birdie), Lubomir Mykytiuk (Langley), Lisa Jakub (Kristen), Richard Fitzpatrick (Lt. Fishbein), Brian Young (Drifter), Ann Cornish (Sarah), Erica Wood (Runaway), Bruce Vavarina (Young Bum), Tim Burd (Teddy), Jan Fillips (David Kay), Walter Bolton (Coroner), Karen Hines (Punk)

Friday The 13thNotes: Hilary Shepard comes by her musical talent naturally – she’s as much a musician as she is an actress. She’d get to sing in another unlikely genre show, guest starring in two episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the genetically augmented savant Lauren in Statistical Probabilities (1997) and Chrysalis (1998). She also played Divatox in Power Rangers Turbo and Power Rangers In Space.

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The Last Outpost

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41386.4: In the Enterprise’s – and the Federation’s – first close brush with the Ferengi, Picard learns the nature of the hostile race while Riker grapples with an ancient survivor of a bygone empire and a treacherous Ferengi landing party. Meanwhile, the Enterprise and its Ferengi counterpart are stranded in orbit, losing power.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Herbert Wright
story by Richard Krzemein
directed by Richard Colla
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Armin Shimerman (Letek), Jake Dengel (Mordoc), Tracey Walter (Kayron), Darryl Henriques (Portal), Mike Gomez (DaiMon Tarr)

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Where No One Has Gone Before

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41263.1: The Enterprise is ordered to participate in engine modification tests conducted by the arrogant Kosinski and his mysterious companion, the Traveler, but only when the ship is stranded in a dimension where thoughts become reality does the crew realize that Kosinski’s experiments were not actually under his control.

Order the DVDswritten by Diane Duane and Michael Reeves
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Stanley Kamel (Kosinski), Eric Menyuk (The Traveler), Herta Ware (Picard’s Mother), Biff Yeager (Chief Engineer Argyle), Charles Dayton (Crewmember), Victoria Dillard (Ballerina)

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Hellowe’en

Friday The 13th: The SeriesTo help dispel the somewhat shady reputation of Curious Goods, Ryan invites friends to the store for a Halloween party. Mickey worries that their visitors might enter the vault of cursed objects, which does indeed happen; a crystal ball is disturbed and begins growing with a green light. Ryan evacuates the partygoers, and Jack tries to help a wayward trick-or-treater get home. A thick fog climbs the stairs from the vault, eventually forming the image of Uncle Lewis, claiming he wants to atone for his sins and be free of his pact with the devil. But it’s another trick: Lewis wants to return from the dead, even if it costs Mickey and Ryan their lives.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by William Taub
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Fred Mollin

Cast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), R.G. Armstrong (Uncle Lewis), Adrian Pocock (Greta), Victoria Deslaurier (Evil Greta), David Matheson (Larry), Alan Watt (Howard), Maxwell Moffatt (Old Man), Braun McAsh (B.T.), Tom Melissis (Erik), Ron Vanhart (Hearse Driver)

Friday The 13thNotes: Make the second of a handful of guest appearances as Uncle Lewis, R.G. Armstrong (1917-2012) had a long history of genre roles, from the original Twilight Zone to The Time Tunnel, The Invaders, Beauty And The Beast, Quantum Leap, and Millennium. His movie appearances included Predator, Dick Tracy, The Car, and Children Of The Corn, among many, many others.

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The Great Montarro

Friday The 13th: The SeriesA cursed cabinet called the Coffin of Blood had been handed from stage magician to stage magician, allowing them to perform a death-defying stunt safely at no risk to themselves…because a victim is selected, trapped in a second coffin, and is the unfortunate recipient of the cabinet’s deadly steel blades. Inevitably, the current owner of the Coffin of Doom – a cursed relic sold by Lewis Ventredi – meets with an unfortunate accident involving his own trick. But until then, lives are being claimed. Jack, Ryan and Mickey set out to recover the Coffin of Blood before it can kill again, only to find that it has fallen into the hands of yet another unscrupulous magician. When they draw attention to themselves by asking too many questions, the Great Montarro may give them a fatal role to play in the next act.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Durnford King
directed by Richard Friedman
music by Fred Mollin

Friday the 13thCast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), Graeme Campbell (Montarro), Lesleh Donaldson (Lyla), August Schellenberg (Fahteem), Sylvie Garant (Collette), Martin Neufeld (Robert), Murray Westgate (Monte), Jefferson Mappin (Tommy), Ric Sarabia (Tony)

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Lonely Among Us

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41249.3: The crew of the Enterprise is faced with more threats than they realize while transporting two parties of rival alien races to a peace summit which they seem too busy trying to kill each other to prepare for, but the greater danger lies in a consciousness which, after being swept into the sensor arrays of the ship, is trying to escape the ship to return to its home. In its final attempt, it beams off the Enterprise, taking Picard with it.

Order the DVDsteleplay by D.C. Fontana
story by Michael Halperin
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Ron Jones

Star Trek: The Next GenerationGuest Cast: John Durbin (Antican Delegate), Colm Meaney (Security Guard), Kavi Raz (Singh)

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Justice

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41255.6: While visiting the lush paradise world of the Edo civilization, Picard is faced with a temperamental being which is acting as a god to the Edo – which it claims are its “children” – and must tamper with paradise to rescue Wesley, who, after breaking a law the Away Team was not made aware of, is sentenced to be executed. If Picard breaks the prime directive to rescue Wesley, he may put the Enterprise at the mercy of the judgment of the Edo’s orbiting “god.”

Order the DVDsteleplay by Worley Thorne
story by John D.F. Black and Worley Thorne
directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Brenda Bakke (Rivan), Jay Louden (Liator), Josh Clark (Conn), David Q. Combs (First Mediator), Richard Lavin (Second Mediator), Judith Jones (Girl), Eric Matthew (First Edo Boy), Brad Zerbst (Medical Technician), David Michael Graves (Second Edo Boy)

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Doctor Jack

Friday The 13th: The SeriesA seemingly random killing puts Ryan, Mickey and Jack on the trail of a possible cursed object – a scalpel believed to have been used by Jack the Ripper himself. Able to cut through nearly anything, it could be an incredible surgical tool…or a deadly weapon. The track the scalpel down to a Dr. Howard, who is rapidly gaining a reputation as a somewhat aloof, eccentric medical miracle worker. But the artifact hunters aren’t the only ones on his trail: a woman who has been trying to stalk Dr. Howard aims a gun at him in the hospital, but Ryan and Jack’s quick intervention make her only a would-be murderer. She has many clues about Howard’s past victims, but her obsession makes her almost as dangerous as Howard himself. AFter a scuffle with Howard, Jack is critically injured…and the man from whom he was trying to take the scalpel may now be his only hope of survival.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Marc Scott Zicree
directed by Richard Friedman
music by Fred Mollin

Friday the 13thCast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), Cliff Gorman (Dr. Howard), Elva Mai Hoover (Jean Flappen), Doris Petrie (Dr. Price), Michael Copeman (Jim Bronson), Alan Rosenthal (Anaesthetist), Frank Perry (Flower Vendor), Vinetta Strombergs (Duty Nurse), Deborah Kimmett (Obs Room Nurse), Lynn Vogt (Psychiatric Nurse), Hal Eisen (Code Blue Doctor), Wendy Lum (Station Nurse), Peggy Francis (Surgical Nurse), Candace Jennings (Hooker), Susan Spencer (Emergency Nurse)

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The Battle

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41723.9: Captain Picard confronts his own past when the Ferengi present him with the USS Stargazer, which he and his crew had been forced to abandon under his command nine years ago after barely surviving a raid by a Ferengi vessel – but little does he realize that his old ship is only one piece of a puzzle that the Ferengi DaiMon is using as a tool of revenge…

Order the DVDsteleplay by Herbert Wright
story by Larry Forrester
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Frank Corsentino (DaiMon Bok), Doug Warhit (Kazago), Robert Towers (Rata)

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Shadow Boxer

Friday The 13th: The SeriesThe widow of a gym manager calls upon Curious Goods to catalog her late husband’s collection of vintage boxing memorabilia. The item that catches Jack’s attention is a pair of boxing gloves belonging to an infamous fighter who accidentally killed his last opponent with a knockout punch in the 1940s…a pair of gloves that had briefly been in the Ventredi collection of cursed artifacts. Jack, Mickey and Ryan, posing as reporters, begin hanging around the gym and talking to the up-and-coming boxers training there, trying to get a fix on whether the cursed gloves are still in use by anyone there. The gloves summon forth the featureless shadow of a fighter, and the wearer can direct the shadow to kill its victim.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Joshua Daniel Miller
directed by Timothy Bond
music by Fred Mollin

Friday the 13thCast: John D. LeMay (Ryan Dallion), Wendy Robey (Mickey Foster), Chris Wiggins (Jack Marshak), David Ferry (Tommy Dunn), Jack Duffy (Manny King), Patricia Hamilton (Sadie King), Gerry Quigley (Doorman), Dennis Christensen (Pepper Boliski), Patsy Fern (Referee), Nicholas Pasco (Tony Terrific), Philip Akin (Kid Cornelius)

Notes: Guest star Philip Akin would go on to join Friday The 13th’s syndicated stablemate, War Of The Friday the 13thWorlds, in its second season as Norton Drake; he was also a regular in the second season of Highlander: The Series (which starred Akin’s fellow new recruit in the second and final season of War Of The Worlds, Adrian Paul). He went on to play guest roles in Psi Factor: Chronicles Of The Paranormal, Relic Hunter, Odyssey 5, Mutant X, Warehouse 13 and The Expanse, and has provided voices for many animated series, including the 1990s X-Men animated series and Tales From The Cryptkeeper.

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Hide And Q

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41590.5: Q returns, this time to tempt Commander Riker with the taste of godlike powers, through trials in which Riker’s crew are forced to play a game whose rules change with Q’s mood, and then Riker’s willpower is tested when Picard orders him to avoid using the power of Q.

Order the DVDsteleplay by C.J. Holland (a.k.a. Maurice Hurley) and Gene Roddenberry
story by C.J. Holland
directed by Cliff Bole
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: John de Lancie (Q), Elaine Nalee (Female Survivor), William A. Wallace (Wesley Crusher, age 25)

Notes: Maurice Hurley used a pen-name on this script, claiming Gene Roddenberry had changed the original story so much that it bore no resemblance to its original draft.

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Haven

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41294.5: Counselor Troi receives a premature wedding present from her mother and the Miller family, who, in Troi’s childhood, had promised their children to one another. Lwaxana Troi, the disoriented Millers, and their mysterious son Wyatt beam aboard, preparing for a wedding that is destined to be interrupted by a shipload of interstellar lepers approaching the planet Haven.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Tracy Torme’
story by Tracy Torme’ and Lan O’Kun
directed by Richard Compton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Majel Barrett (Lwaxana Troi), Rob Knepper (Wyatt Miller), Nan Martin (Mrs. Miller), Robert Ellenstein (Mr. Miller), Carel Struycken (Mr. Homn), Anna Katarina (Valeda), Raye Birk (Wrenn), Danitza Kingsley (Ariana), Michael Rider (Transporter Chief), Armin Shimerman (The Box)

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The Big Goodbye

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41997.7: During a holodeck holiday in the fictitious world of Dixon Hill, Captain Picard, Data, Doctor Crusher and ship’s historian Whalen become trapped in a murder mystery where their chances of being murdered are very real, while impatient aliens threaten the ship when its captain is unavailable for scheduled diplomatic negotiations…

Order the DVDswritten by Tracy Torme’
directed by Joseph L. Scanlan
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Lawrence Tierney (Cyrus Redblock), Harvey Jason (Leech), William Boyett (Bell), David Selburg (Whalen), Gary Armagnal (McNary), Mike Genovese (Desk Sergeant), Dick Miller (Vendor), Carolyn Allport (Jessica Bradley), Rhonda Aldrich (Madeline), Erik Cord (Thug)

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Datalore

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41242.2: Data visits his home planet and discovers that his creator also constructed – and, for some unknown reason, disassembled – a “twin brother” of the android: Lore. The crew welcomes Lore with open arms, but they soon discover that the greed Data lacks as a human emotion is indeed possessed by Lore.

Order the DVDsteleplay by Robert Lewin and Gene Roddenberry
story by Robert Lewin and Maurice Hurley
directed by Rob Bowman
music by Ron Jones

Guest Cast: Brent Spiner (Lore), Biff Yeager (Chief Engineer Argyle)

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Angel One

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStardate 41636.9: The Enterprise arrives at Angel One, a planet which ceded from the Federation which is now controlled by a council composed entirely of women. Troi must act as an ambassador while the crew searches for shipwreck survivors who are determined to remain on Angel One – despite the wishes of some of the planet’s leaders, but with the approval of others.

Order the DVDswritten by Patrick Barry
directed by Michael Rhodes
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Karen Montgomery (Beata), Sam Hennings (Ramsey), Patricia McPherson (Ariel), Leonard John Crofoot (Trent)

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