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Rate Kolchak Episode 6: Firefall
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Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:08 pm 
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Episode 6: Firefall

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Original Air Date: November 8, 1974
Writer: Bill S. Ballinger
Director: Don Weis

Guest Stars:
Fred Beir ....... Ryder Bond
Madlyn Rhue ..... Marie
David Doyle ..... Cardinale
Philip Carey .... Sgt. Mayer
Alice Backes .... Dr. Shropell

Chicago, Illinois: The spirit of a prominent concert conductor has been witnessed in a rash of mysterious incineration/spontaneous combustion deaths ... only the conductor isn't dead. Kolchak must piece together the curious deaths, identify the doppelganger and restore the spirit before it consumes the real Ryder Bond.



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One of the few episodes of Kolchak that actually gave me nightmares as a young boy. Especially the poltergeist doppleganger of Ryder Bond outside the church windows that kept trying to gain entry.

Good story and very creepy when I was younger. Not as creepy now but still rock solid.

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"Firefall" wasn't a very interesting story to me. The doppelganger didn't seem threatening really; I didn't find the actor who played him to be frightening. This was another episode were Kolchak just doesn't seem as engaged as the earlier stories and his boss Tony is way over the top crazy the way he constantly screams at Kolchak. Philip Carey as Sgt. Mayer was not funny and the normal playful battles that Kolchak has with the police were instead almost mean.

My Rating: 3 - Fair

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:12 pm 
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Maybe I'm just a sucker for, Bill S. Ballinger stories. He also wrote several AHP's and one of my favorite underdog TOL, "The Mice."

I wouldn't necessarily say Carl wasn't as engaged in this story. Camping out in the Church and tracking down the spirit in the arcade and challenging him was pretty much traditional Kolchak, IMO.

As for Ryder Bond {Fred Beir}, OK, maybe it was just me, but I kept expecting Jack Klugman to appear in scenes and tell him, "Carter, this isn't real. We need to go back."

Philip Carey, who died last month, really did play a hard ass in this episode. Obviously, he and Kolchak had some history that was never revealed. And without that disclosure, he was a jerk for no other reason then to be a hard ass. Maybe he needed to be since the story really didn't have much of a bad guy. :roll:


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Just watched this episode for the first time in a long time--I rated it a 9 simply due to the fact that this episode was Carl Kolchak at his finest. The ending sees our hero dig up a body, break into an arcade where it mysteriously burns to the ground. I mean, where else but Chicago would a reporter be able to get away with these shenanigans and not find himself spending the rest of his days in jail? Isn't this why we love this show? The story itself was a bit thin, but the supporting characters, Tony, Updike, the fat chick intern and Carl himself make this one of the more memorable episodes.


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