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"Journey to the Unknown" Stranger in the Family (1969)

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Not As Good As It Could Have Been

Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland
23 August 2011

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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Man Or Monster?

Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
14 April 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Charles and Margaret Wilson have a teenage son they refer to only as 'Boy'. He is a mutant, the next stage in human evolution. Outwardly he is perfectly normal, except for a curious lack of fingernails. He is blessed ( cursed? ) with strange psychic powers - he can make people do what he wants just by thinking about it.

'Boy' is being hunted by those wishing to study him. The Wilsons are constantly moving from one place to another, they can never settle down anywhere for long because the authorities are on their trail.

He meets and is attracted to Paula Wilde, a struggling American actress. She introduces him to her greedy agent Sonny, who sees 'Boy' as a meal ticket...

This intriguing David Campton story was not new to television viewers; the B.B.C.'s highly regarded 'Out Of The Unknown' did an adaptation in 1965 starring Richard O'Callaghan as 'Boy' with Justine Lord as 'Paula'. Not having seen that earlier version, I cannot make comparisons.

Like the Marvel Comic 'The X-Men', 'Stranger' touches on the theme of mutants - people who look like us but who are different - and how they are regarded with fear and mistrust by an uncomprehending Mankind.

Anthony Corlan ( later to change his surname to 'Higgins' ) gives a moody, compelling performance as the tormented 'Boy'. He later appeared in Hammer's 'Vampire Circus'. American actress Janice Rule ( a talented lady who sadly never got the roles she deserved ) is excellent as the object of his affections.

Also in the cast are Glynn Edwards ( 'Dave' the barman from 'Minder' ) and Gerald Sim ( the vicar in 'To The Manor Born' ).

Directed by Peter Duffell, whose other television credits include 'Strange Report' and 'Man In A Suitcase'.

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