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"Tales from the Crypt" Operation Friendship (1994)

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Enjoyable comic episode

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
9 August 2012

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Meek and nerdy computer programmer Nelson (a solid and likable performance by Tate Donovan) falls for adorable new neighbor Jane (a perky and appealing portrayal by the attractive Michelle Rene Thomas), but has his love life hampered by his obtrusive and irritating imaginary friend Eddie (robustly played to the amusingly obnoxious hilt by Peter Dobson). Director Roland Mesa, working from a sweet script by Rob Ross, relates the charming story at a snappy pace, maintains an amiably lighthearted tone throughout, and milks the pleasant humor in an able and effective manner. The sturdy acting by the capable cast rates as another real plus: Donovan and Thomas do engaging work in the lead roles, with fine support from John Caponera as Nelson's smooth'n'smarmy coworker Jack. Peter Bernstein's bouncy score keeps it bubbling along. The slick cinematography by Levie Isaacks provides an impressive glossy look. The ending is a total hoot. A cute show.

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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

One of the worst episode from the entire show.

4/10
Author: Paul Andrews (poolandrews@hotmail.com) from UK
6 August 2008

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Tales from the Crypt: Operation Friendship tells the story of computer programmer Nelson DeMears (Tate Donovan) who is pushed around & taken advantage of at work by his colleagues while he has no social life or friends apart from the imaginary Eddie (Peter Dobson). Then one day all that changes when the beautiful Jane (Michelle Burke) moves into the apartment across the hall & they quickly fall in love with each other. Nelson's imaginary friend Eddie is not prepared to stand by & let Jane steal Nelson from him, in fact Eddie is longer happy just to be an imaginary friend anymore & decides to take a more prominent role...

This Tales from the Crypt story was episode 4 from season 6, directed by Roland Mesa I have to say that I thought Operation Friendship is probably one of my least favourite episodes from this once great series, unfortunately it is widely accepted that season six & seven were definitely low points in the show's history compared to what had came before. Of course there were still the odd great episode here & there but then there was also the odd total stinker like Operation Friendship & coming straight after another stinker in Whirlpool (1994) there has now been two poor episodes in a row although the next episode Revenge is the Nuts (1994) get the show back on track. The script by Rob Ross was based on a story from the 'Tales from the Crypt' comic book & is basically a strange little story about a computer geek & his imaginary friend who doesn't intend to stay imaginary forever. There's no horror content which is maybe the most disappointing aspect, it's largely played for laughs but since it's not funny in any way it doesn't work in that regard & to be brutally honest it's a pretty dull twenty five minutes apart from the always entertaining opening & closing Cryptkeeper sequences. The story has a really odd twist ending which isn't that dark or ironic & doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, did no-one not notice that Nelson looked totally different at the end? A really disappointing episode that I couldn't even describe as horror themed.

Unusually there is not one single drop of blood in Operation Friendship, there are no scares, there is no violence & in maybe a Tales from the Crypt first not one single person dies or is killed on screen. Generally well made but unremarkable there's no style or substance here.

Operation Friendship is a hugely disappointing Tales from the Crypt episode, I didn't like it at all to be honest but then I do like the ghoulish horror themed episodes with dark twists which Operation Friendship most certainly isn't.

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