Journey to the Unknown: Season 1, Episode 1

The New People (3 Oct. 1968)

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Hank and Ann move into the country and are taken aback by how friendly the local people are. They soon become part of the community but Hank begins to distrust Luther who seems to lead the local social scene.

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Hank Prentiss
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Anne Prentiss
Patrick Allen ...
Luther Ames
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Matt Dystal
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Terry Lawrence
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Helen Ames
Suzanne Mockler ...
Susan Redford (as Suzanne Mokler)
Damien Thomas ...
David Redford (as Damian Thomas)
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Hank and Ann move into the country and are taken aback by how friendly the local people are. They soon become part of the community but Hank begins to distrust Luther who seems to lead the local social scene.

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Attack Of The Satanic Wife Swappers
5 July 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to understand how a TV show would be received on its initial broadcast . I have absolutely no idea of how JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN was marketed in 1968 because it's a show I remembered as being a supernatural/mystery/ thriller/horror series . One wonders what a viewer would have made of it in 1968 ?

Perhaps mindful of this the production team set up an intriguing hook from the opening scene . A bunch of party goers have a good time in a house and there's more than a little innuendo involved . I was expecting car keys to be thrown in to the centre of the room and members of the party copping off to the nearest bedroom . Better than that because a body is found hanging in a corner of the room

In effect The New People is an indicitive episode that sets up the show perfectly . We see a bunch of relatively well known faces from contemporary British Equity along with an American lead character . The story telling forsakes logic for mystery which is common in the horror genre and you're left in little doubt that the story is effectively one that belongs to the horror genre

Sadly what this means is there's often a lack of plausibility involved . One of the bad guys spikes the hero's drink which means they're able to arrive at the hero's house but the hero is too stoned to save his wife when he gets there . There's also the question that if you murder someone by stabbing in a Satanic ritual then set fire to their house how would the police think it's an accident rather than murder

This type of implausibility spoils the episode to a certain degree , but only when you stop and analyse the events . For someone who has no knowledge as to what this series is about then it's a fairly good intro


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