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Rate "Devil's Alphabet"
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Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:22 am 
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Episode 22.2 - Devil's Alphabet

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Original Air Date: March 28, 1986
Stars: Ben Cross, Hywel Bennett, Ethan Phillips, Wayne Alexander, Robert Schenkkan, Osmund Bullock, Jim Piddock
Writer: Robert Hunter (from a story by Arthur Gray)
Director: Ben Bolt

A group of college friends sign an oath binding them beyond death to their fellow members of a secret society.



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I think this one seems more like a NG episode, but that's part of the reason why I like it, a great traditional old ghost story atmosphere with British aristocratic snobs, even the special effects used for the ghosts which are obviously cheap look pretty good. 8/10


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I always tended to think this one got thrown under the bus rather unfairly.

I just watched this one again this morning, and I found it quite enjoyable.
Alan Brennert himself, is on record as saying that "this episode, and the 2 it was aired with (which were these 3 - The Devil's Alphabet, The Library, and Take My Life... Please), were victims of being edited too much, because we tried to fit three segments into one timeslot."

I personally think this is the strongest of the three.
Seeing this one again, there were a few things that come to mind, and I still have some questions on the ending.

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These guys all seemed rather "honorable" , but once their pact is made, bad things befall them, and they begin to perish for various reasons, suicide being one.
What was the reason for this? Were they all "damned" by the pact itself?
This makes a bit of sense, but why was Ben Cross' character "Frederick" the last one standing?

Regardless of these questions, it is still a good watch.
It has a nice dark atmosphere, some odd hangings that are unexplainable to others, and as Rorschach has mentioned, the ghosts/spirits look , is done rather well even though the special effects were dated. It looks convincing enough to me.

One cool scene, is when we have a carriage catch fire, and it tears through the city.
I have not heard mentioned, that I can remember, there is a cool bit of history to that scene.
We essentially have Ben Cross running after a carriage on fire.
Shades of "Chariots of Fire"~!
I would think this was done intentionally, but if not, its an odd coincidence indeed.

I also think its cool that they all finally voted "with honor" even after death.

Solid 7 here.

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Give me a Victorian ghost story and I'm all over it - and Devil's Alphabet is no exception. I like the odd and spooky fact that on 2 occasions, members apparently committed suicide - YET - there were no stools or furniture that would allow them to commit such as heinous act. Vengeful spirits indeed!

TZ DZ brings up a good point - they formed the Devil's Alphabet Society as an agreement to revelry, yet each member after 20 years had lost that Bohemian attitude. Fredrick's final words fairly surmise this argument.

Now I've watched this in 2 different formats - color and desaturated gray scale. The standard is fine but when viewed in black and white, it holds the ghostly overtones and shadow play so much better. :D

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I love period pieces and this atmosphere does not fail. Ben Cross fits in perfectly in this setting. As Rorschach mentioned, this seems more like a NG than a TZ. This would get a 3 as a Zone, but I enjoy the episode for what it is.

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A solid 8 from me. Nicely realised too.

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Just watched this again, and I stand by my decision of 8, it's pretty cool, and looking at the comments and ratings here of 7 and 8, I think we all like it virtually equally as much.


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