A talisman that can change time if you reflect on it.
An episode that would be entirely unmemorable if not for two cast members, "The Tale Of The Carved Stone" is dull stuff. It's below average, in fact, but then lifted by those cast members, both of which I shall praise below.
A young girl (Aidan Pendleton) has just moved to a new town and wants to make some friends, but she finds it tough. So she does what most young girls would do . . . . . . . and picks up a talisman that allows her to travel into the past whenever she's close enough to a mirror. That allows her to befriend a boy named Thomas (John White), but it also gets her the unwanted attention of a man who wants the talisman back in his care.
Director Ron Oliver does nothing here to make the material more enjoyable, which is a shame because the script by Susan Kim could, surely, have been developed into something more exciting.
Thankfully, as mentioned above, the episode is saved by two people. First, Richard Dumont returns as the trouble-making Sardo (always a fun character to watch). Second, the great Frank Gorshin plays Brother Septimus, the man wanting to get his hands on the talisman. Gorshin is not given great material to work with, but it's always just a pleasure to see him on screen.
Pendleton and White do what's asked of them, but they're also hampered by the script, and lacklustre execution.
This wouldn't be worth a watch if it didn't have Dumont and Gorshin in it. But it does have them, and their presence is enough to just push it into the above average range. Just.
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