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1999-07-06 00:00:00 - "Criminal Nature" & John Merrick - (Nyarlathotep1@hotmail.com)


I saw "Criminal Nature" recently, and I thought it was quite good, with a classic OL twist at the end. (Indeed, these trick endings are, in my opinion, one of the ways in which the new OL has best remained faithful to the original series.) I was also struck by how, after assuming his fully GRS form, Det. Venable bears a _striking_ resemblance to John (actually Richard, but we don't need to get into that) Merrick, aka, "The Elephant Man." Really, the resemblance is so great that it cannot be coincidental -- the effect is undoubtedly deliberate, and I'm curious as to whether anyone else noted it. Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Share what you know. Learn what you don't.

1999-07-06 00:00:00 - Re: "Criminal Nature" & John Merrick - (stoodin101@aol.com)


>Indeed, these trick endings are, >in my opinion, one of the ways in which the new OL has best remained >faithful to the original series. The old series rarely used Trick Endings. Most of the time the finish evolved naturally out of the events onscreen instead of jumping out and disrupting the events. Exceptions to the rule include The Zanti Misfits, Demon with a Glass Hand, and Nightmare. The original Twilight Zone, on the other hand, used trick endings at every opportunity. " The one test of the really weird is just this -- whether or not there be excited in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers...." --- H.P. Lovecraft

1999-07-07 00:00:00 - Re: "Criminal Nature" & John Merrick - (Nyarlathotep1@hotmail.com)


In article <19990706192950.20347.00008575@ng-fu1.aol.com>, stoodin101@aol.com (StoOdin101) wrote: > >Indeed, these trick endings are, > >in my opinion, one of the ways in which the new OL has best remained > >faithful to the original series. > > The old series rarely used Trick Endings. Most of the time the finish evolved > naturally out of the events onscreen instead of jumping out and disrupting the > events. Exceptions to the rule include The Zanti Misfits, Demon with a Glass > Hand, and Nightmare. > The original Twilight Zone, on the other hand, used trick endings at every > opportunity. I would include "Specimen: Unknown," and "The Man Who Was Never Born" as episodes with trick endings. > > " The one test of the really weird is just this -- whether or not there be > excited in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown > spheres and powers...." --- H.P. Lovecraft > > Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/ Share what you know. Learn what you don't.

1999-07-07 00:00:00 - Re: "Criminal Nature" & John Merrick - (stoodin101@aol.com)


> I would include "Specimen: Unknown," and "The Man Who Was Never >Born" as episodes with trick endings. > SPECIMEN UNKNOWN I can see, but the ending of THE MAN WHO WAS NEVER BORN seems to me to grow naturally out of the events, though I did consider it when posting the original message. I just don't think it's quite "tricky" enough to come under the category of a gimmick. " The one test of the really weird is just this -- whether or not there be excited in the reader a profound sense of dread, and of contact with unknown spheres and powers...." --- H.P. Lovecraft