Old-School TV: One Step Beyond- The Dark Room

No, I didn’t forget about this old-school Show.  I just got busy. With that out of the way, let us take… Our Narrator is here to introduce to a woman’s strange experience in a French Manor… A Photographer moves to Paris (although they don’t show it, because Budget) to shoot some pictures.  She gets the […]

No, I didn’t forget about this old-school Show.  I just got busy.

With that out of the way, let us take…

Our Narrator is here to introduce to a woman’s strange experience in a French Manor…

A Photographer moves to Paris (although they don’t show it, because Budget) to shoot some pictures.  She gets the Landlord to find some people for her.

She also has mysterious headaches.  I guess this means something…but I dunno.

A man shows up and agrees to let her take his picture.  That is not strange at all.

When she thanks the woman for calling him over, she denies doing so.  Weird.

He shows up again and seems to act normal…but quickly goes a bit crazy and chases her around.

When people hear her screams and show up, nobody is there.

To make a prolonged wrap-up short, she finds out that he was a vengeful ghost.  The End.

An odd one.  Having only watched five Episodes of this Show, I’m beginning to wonder how varied the whole thing is.  One of them involves reincarnation and rage, while another involves a ghost getting the way of romance.  A third involves a haunting that may or may not just be guilt.  Aside from ‘The Sorcerer,’ the Show is very Ghost-heavy so far.  This is about all of the Occult, be it ESP, Ghosts or other Visions.  I hope that the actual Show is more varied than this admittedly-small microcosm in which I am viewing it.  That aside, it is a pretty good Episode.  They give it a bit of an out by having the lady get those headaches- assuming that I’m interpreting that right.  How would she know anything about the man though?  What are the logistics involved here?  I suppose they just don’t want to say.  As a very early TV Show (as noted, it predates The Twilight Zone), they must have been unsure of what to make.  Do they make a Drama Show?  Do they make a ‘This Might be Real’ thing (like Alien Autopsy)?  They kind of ride the line here, giving you an obviously-acted-out Story that they want you to think is an example of stuff that really could/did happen.  The Acting and Set Design are nice, even if the Print is clearly the worst so far.  If this was Digitally-Remastered, how bad did it look before?

Next time, the final Episode (that I have on the Disc).  Will it close out well?  See you then…

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