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David Banner(Bill Bixby) goes to work as an assistant at the Gamble House Wax Museum. It is owned by Walter(played by Max Showalter) and Leigh(played by Christine Belford) Gamble, who are trying to re-open the place after a fire damaged it. Unfortunately, Leigh is suffering from drug-induced hallucinations that threaten her sanity, and may force them to sell the place to new owners, which may be exactly the intention...Meanwhile, after an accident brings out the Hulk, Mr. McGee(Jack Colvin) shows up looking for John Doe, and David's secret is also jeopardized by a wax replica of himself that Leigh made, which he cleverly disguises... Predictable but fun episode has good action and imagery. Similar in premise to earlier episode 'Haunted'.
Despite the overall rating for this episode, I thought it was a very
It had a solid script written by Carol Baxter (who guest starred in earlier episodes "Haunted" and "Prometheus, Part 2") and a stellar performance from Christine Belford (who guest starred in the earlier episode "Wildfire" and was featured in John Carpenter's/Stephen King's "Christine").
The cinematography and effects in some of Leigh Gamble's (Belford) POV shots are some of the most interesting shots in the whole series, at least I think so.
The reason I give it a 9/10 is because in some places it seems really drawn out and the Hulk-outs are pretty much self-induced. A very dramatic episode, but very minimal on the action. And I don't know if it's just me but there seems to be some undertones of the original "House of Wax" (1953), with Vincent Price, in this episode.
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Compelling episode has an unstable young woman, Leigh (Christine
Belford), trying to come to terms with her wax sculpture father's
death, her own skill helping to keep his dream of a museum alive, but
freakish hallucinations are complicating matters. Bixby arrives in town
for a temporary job as her assistant, but Leigh's uncle (Jack Colvin)
believes an offer for their property could be a more desirable
alternative. The bank pressing Leigh and her uncle due to how the wax
museum hasn't opened, and the fire that killed Leigh's father, along
with the ongoing hallucinations making things worse, could success be
too far out of reach? Colvin as the seemingly worried and soft-spoken
trustee and Leigh's support proves to be far more than he appears; this
is a fun character to see unfold as someone who might not be what he
makes himself out to be. Fascinating performance from Belford as the
tormented soul in need of Bixby's help...when he checks out a
medication given to her as a means to cope, he learns that this could
be the very culprit *producing* the hallucinations, not helping to stop
Sometimes the Hulk is out of place in a plot, and I think that is the case in this episode where Bixby is more of a help than the creature within...although, the Hulk does get to halt an act of arson, hurl the wrongdoer through the air and scare him a bit, and rescue two people from behind burned alive. Mr. Magee once again shows up from Chicago on a lead that might direct him to the Hulk...and David Banner. Clever method behind concealing his identification when Leigh makes a face impression of David Banner in wax for a soldier in her museum is a highlight...Bixby is always good at expressing anxiety when confronted with exposure. The wax museum setting and unsettling hallucinations of sculptures coming to life to haunt Leigh cool highlights, as well.
David finds work as an assistant at a Wax Museum where the owners are
struggling to reopen the place after a fire had caused much damage.
Ultimately a very thin mystery and budget constrictions hinder this otherwise solid 4th Season episode in reaching above average status. It is, however, quite creepy on occasion with some nice visuals as Leigh's (Christine Belford) hallucinations manifest in inventive, somewhat horrific ways.
Once again the Hulk is fitted into the storyline as part of a person's imagination (here; a drug induced state via doctored pills); like in Season three's "Deathmask". It's a nice touch and thanks to a decent amount a gloomy atmosphere it works relatively well. But, as said, the mystery here is awfully thin and predictable and the viewer is always a few steps ahead. And once again there's very inconsistent acting from it's guest stars. While Belford gives a credible performance as a borderline mental case, Max Showalter as her cousin Walter is on autopilot all the way and practically ruins every scene he's in.
Budget constrictions (quite evident in many Season Four episodes) rule out any decent Hulk action and the stock footage (running down the alley and bricks flying) is fairly obvious here.
Overall; a fair episode. I'll give it a 6 'cause I'm a fan.
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