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Rate Kolchak Episode 17: Legacy of Terror
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Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:31 pm 
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Episode 17: Legacy of Terror

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Original Air Date: February 14, 1975
Writer: Arthur Rowe
Director: Don McDougall

Guest Stars:
Ramon Bieri ........ Captain Webster
Eric Estrada ....... Pepe Torres
Pippa Scott ........ Tillie Jones
Victor Campos ...... Professor Jamie Rodriguez
Mickey Gilbert ..... Nanautzin, The Mummy
Sorrell Brooke ..... Mr. Eddy

Chicago, Illinois: Perfectly healthy and beautiful victims are found on stairwells and steps all over town. In each case, Kolchak notes that their hearts have been cut out in a sacrificial rite. And as the body count climbs, so do the prime number of stairs they are found on. With this clue, Kolchak discovers that the murders are all connected to an apocalyptic modern-day Aztec cult.



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This was a pretty decent episode. Some interesting story weaving of Aztec lore into modern day. There are a few things that hurt this episode - most notably was the Aztec mummy. It looked as if it was a man in an old-age make-up. Even when it was supposed to be dead and inanimate, you could see the actors eyes moving and obviously breathing. However, if you want to see a very young Eric Estrada in an electric pink leisure suit, this is the episode for you.

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This was not so good. Kolchak was not a likeable sort here. Very much the dickhead, actually. The mummy was not convincing, even by 70's effects standards. As DrM states, the most enjoyable thing for me was Erik Estrada in the hot pink suit, surrounded by his "harem", while playing some sort of recorder or flute of something. I started watching this on four different occasions because I fell asleep the first three times I tried watching it.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:25 pm 
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:lol: I feel where you are coming from on this episode, Whit. :D


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My opinion of this episode pretty much apes what DrMoreau wrote in his review. I would rate it as "pretty decent" and slightly below average when judged against the other episodes. I can live with the mummy and his old-age makeup. It's certainly not a stellar representation of an ancient Aztec mummy, but it isn't as embarrassing to me as the Sentry lizard or Primal Scream ape-man. I'm less enamored with the strange flute music that precedes and accompanies each sacrificial murder and the colorful bird get-up worn by the participants in the rituals. These parts do not descend to the level of silliness but they do challenge realism. I understand that they are a necessary part of the ritual but they seem out of place on a city street.

Alas, I never fell asleep like Whit. I kinda like the setup for what could have been a great ending. But as the ending plays out, it doesn't nearly live up to its potential. DrM mentioned the actor Mickey Gilbert (who also played The Ripper) breathing and blinking while portraying the dead mummy. Well, what about that final scene? Did Mr Gilbert open his eyes mistakenly just a tad before the scene ended, or was it an intended directorial touch? I need to re-watch it to see how the scene is framed. Perhaps that will be a clue to which it is.


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Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:31 pm 
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Nagging question indeed, Led. I'm thinking of the final fade out scene where Nanautzin opens his eye. I've often wondered the same - accident or purposeful? I'd like to believe that it is intended to convey that Nanautzin is playing opossum and biding - ever biding - his time to rise again. Just my take anyway.


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