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Rate Kolchak Episode 13: Primal Scream
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Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:42 am 
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Episode 13: Primal Scream

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Original Air Date: January 17, 1975
Writer: Bill S. Ballinger and David Chase
Director: Robert Scheerer

Guest Stars:
Pat Harrington Jr. ..... Thomas Kitzmiller
Jamie Farr ............. Jack Burton
John Marley ............ Captain Maurice Molnar
Gary Baxley ............ Humanoid
Katherine Woodville .... Dr. Helen Lynch
Barbara Rhoades ........ Kitzmiller's Secretary
C. Lindsay Workman ..... Dr. Fisk
Byron Morrow ........... Dr. Cowan
Sandra Gould ........... Landlady

Chicago, Illinois: When organic cell matter is discovered by an Arctic oil expedition, it is sent back to Corporate Headquarters for further investigation. When it begins to thaw, it spontaneously begins to multiply into an ape-like creature that goes on a murderous rampage.



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Carl Kolchak versus the Oil Companies corporate greed. After all, what does Big Corporate do when the find a missing link frozen in Antarctica ... send it back for research. Oh no, somebody turned on the heater and let it thaw out and it came to life. :shock:

Even as a kid I thought, 'No friggin' way!" But, what saves this episode is Carl the Crusader taking on "THE MAN!" Not a great episode, cryogenically speaking. However the concept and Corporate Involvement in an episode makes it worth while.

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This episode is pretty much of a yawner. The violent behavior of the humanoid/ape-man is not explained sufficiently for me. It looked like Chaka the cave boy from the original "Land of the Lost" series (sorry for the obscure reference). Kolchak does a lot of misbehaving which is fun but like in "The Spanish Moss Murders", ends up looking for the beast in the sewers. The big bad oil company plotline is just so typical. It bugs me.

I like the Kolchak series but honestly, they should have figured out a way to explain why Kolchak manages to run into these beasties all the time. Also, the police keep trying to sweep everything under the rug...why!?! As we near the end of the series' run, it's getting apparent that those responsible for the show have fallen into a rut.

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whitsbrain wrote:
The violent behavior of the humanoid/ape-man is not explained sufficiently for me. It looked like Chaka the cave boy from the original "Land of the Lost" series (sorry for the obscure reference).

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Not such an obscure quote for this board ;)

Gotta agree, towards the end they had lost a lot of what the 2 movies and initial series were about. Part of McGavin's whole desire to quit the show when he did.

Being as I don't own the Kolchak companion, I am purely guessing that NBC's involvement in the show had a lot to do with it going rapidly in the crapper. I remember reading an article on line about a sit down a reporter had with D-Mac during the final shoots of the show and he was very vocal about his growing disdain for the show.

As for big oil - over the years they have become a hot topic and general greed icon, however, in the 70's, I don't remember them being defined as bad guys. Maybe they were and I chose to block that memory.


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As for big oil - over the years they have become a hot topic and general greed icon, however, in the 70's, I don't remember them being defined as bad guys. Maybe they were and I chose to block that memory.


I believe this show ran in 1974 and the 1973 oil crisis had to be very fresh in a lot of peoples' minds. I know that oil crisis was due to Middle East tensions and not Big Oil sticking it to the little guy, but they had to have been an easy (safe) target at that time.

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