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1999-04-24 00:00:00 - A L Katz strikes again! - (stoodin101@aol.com)

While tonight's ep, "What Will The Neighbors Think?", wasn't as dreadful as the first New OL comedy, "Revelations of Becka Paulson", it was sure thin beer. More like a "Tales from the Crypt" than an "Outer Limits". A L Katz, who wrote the atrocious "Alien Radio" aka "Dead Air", penned this bit of grand guignol vaudeville in which a woman in a low rent apartment building gets telepathy and Chaos Ensues. I'm not too impressed. SPOILERS BELOW 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ZERO The first person narration, for example, does NOT work in this ep. In my day, one learned in junior high English to avoid the first person narration if your narrator gets KILLED. Some of the raving "telepathic Images" were sorta funny, but on the whole the ep was too sordid by half, even as "black comedy". Transvestites, gunshots, knives, electrocutions, defenestrations do not a comedy make. A lighter touch would have profited this bit of fluff quite a bit. The funniest thing is the list of in-jokes, beginning with Clackson Arms and going from there. ( Clackson must be quite the landlord, since there is also an asylum named for him in the second season "Beyond the Veil".) There is a list of ex-tenants that sounds like an OL Roll Call. I respect the effort of OL's makers to try something different in the format; a pity that they evidently have no comedians among their writers. Leslie Stevens' quaint 1963 "Controlled Experiment" remains the only successful OL Comedy. I suggest an adaptation, scripted by someone other than A L Katz, please. There are plenty of SF comedies out there. Maybe one of Kuttner's Gallegher/Galloway stories, "THe Proud Robot" or "Time Locker". Damon Knight's "Catch that Martian". Pohl's "Midas Plague". " Of course you will pooh-pooh whatever's fresh and new, and declare it's crude and mean, for art stopped short in the cultivated court of the empress Josephine." --- W.S. Gilbert