Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Episode 5: Pilot (Night Stalker 2005)

Chris Stachiw and Mike White jump ahead in the timeline to discuss the pilot episode of Night Stalker which stars Stuart Townsend as Carl Kolchak, a reporter in Los Angeles who lost his wife in an attack by werewolves. He joins Perri Reed (Gabrielle Union) and Jain McManus (Eric Jungmann) on the hunt for creatures of the night who have stolen a little girl.

Chris and Mike talk with series creator and X-Files veteran Frank Spotnitz about the original intentions for the series and how it changed before even going in front of the cameras.

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  1. Spotnitz... decent producer, nice guy. There may have indeed been an audience for his take on NIGHT STALKER... but there was no need to call it as such and a BIG mistake to call the main character 'Kolchak'. Ironic that he did end up creating a poor and pale imitation of X-FILES, with shades of MILLENNIUM for seasoning, and ended up with something less than either of those shows.

  2. I really wish we could have seen the show Spotniz originally envisioned. Just imagine, Ted Danson (one of the people Spotniz mentions as his preferred lead) could have been the 21st century Kolchak, instead of just another CSI lead guy who in the end failed to replace Peterson. The Kolchak reboot show, as is, is garbage, with all do respect. Great episode of Kolchak Tapes and interview, though. By the way, when it comes to supernatural stuff, McGavin also had an undeservingly forgotten injokey role as an elderly vampiric slasher-killer in Nightshift, an episode from the third season of the supernatural 80s anthology The Hitchhiker (aka Deadly Nightmares), circa 1985 (Klaus Kinski's episode Lovesounds from that show is even better). McGavin ends up stalking the main character, a mean thieving nurse in an elderly home played by Margot Kidder. His character reminded me a bit of the "vampire" from Guillermo del Toro's first film Chronos (1993).