One of eight episodes to use the regular introduction but excluding background music and showing the hand with the match slide into view before it disappeared replaced by lightning and the title, rather than showing the hand with the match that lights itself. See more »
Though the game that the Midnight Society members play in the opening is a Game Boy, David explains that the button Eric presses reset it. The Game Boy does not have a reset button. See more »
[the Dark Knight had knocked Ross' water gun out of his hand with his mace]
The game isn't over unless all the characters die... and I'm still here. You shouldn't play the game, boy, unless you know the rules!
But this isn't a game. It's real. And when it's real...
[pulls a miniature water pistol out of his back pocket]
You can make up your own rules!
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It's all fun and games until someone loses . . . . . a life.
In 1983 there was an anthology movie released named Nightmares, and in that movie was a segment entitled "The Bishop Of Battle" that starred Emilio Estevez as a talented gamer determined to beat the latest and hottest arcade machine to come along. It's a story that's bewilderingly remembered with fondness by many horror movie fans, and I mention it here because "The Tale Of The Pinball Wizard" is very similar.
Young Ross Campbell (Joseph Posca) is the lad determined to play at his best and defeat the machine in front of him, but things take a turn for the strange when he finds that he's now in the game, which has dropped him into the middle of the shopping mall, and the environment all around him is full of potential danger. Can he use his skills to win the game, and his freedom?
Directed by D. J. MacHale, and written by Louise Lamarre and Tom Rack, this is an enjoyable, ridiculous tale from The Midnight Society. It may be all about a pinball game, but it feels more like Donkey Kong at times. I think the most important thing was getting something in there that would feel identifiable to the kids watching.
Posca is a cocky young lad, A. J. Henderson is the man who owns the game that ends up causing all of the problems and Polly Shannon plays Sophie, a stand-in for Princess Daisy in this particular game.
Overall, an entertaining episode that should have been just that little bit better.
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