Journey to the Unknown: Season 1, Episode 13

Stranger in the Family (16 Jan. 1969)

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Paula Wilde
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Sonny
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Boy (as Anthony Corlan)
Phil Brown ...
Dr. Charles Wilson
Jane Hylton ...
Margaret Wilson
Gerald Sim ...
Dr. Evans
Glynn Edwards ...
Brown
Ronald Radd ...
Wally Gold
Ann Wrigg ...
Miss Payne
James Donnelly ...
Drunk (as James Donelly)
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Not As Good As It Could Have Been
23 August 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

A teenage boy walks through the streets of London . He finds himself being followed by a man . The boy confronts him and the man falls down dead

This is a slightly frustrating episode from JTTU . It has a good enough premise but you might just find it hamstrung by the formula of the series . Because of American funding every episode has to have an American character in order to make the show buyable for an American audience so we have at least three characters spouting American accents . That said at least there's an on screen explanation as to why the main protagonist has a different accent from his parents - they have to keep moving from country to country

There's also two ways of looking at the episode . One is that it's slightly mean where Boy kills people when he doesn't have to and the second one is that there's a lack of graphic gore when he does force people to kill themselves . I personally resist natural cynicism by saying it's somewhat refreshing to see a lack of gore and you do get the impression that if it were remade today graphic and cruel death scenes would be the main selling point of the episode

There's not a lot wrong with the episode but you do think things might have worked better if we didn't have to put up with a subplot involving a romance with an American which seems to happen in each and every episode of the show


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