Tales from the Darkside: Season 2, Episode 13

Comet Watch (12 Jan. 1986)

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An amateur astronomer makes a surprising discovery about Halley's Comet after a young woman falls out of his telescope.

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An amateur astronomer makes a surprising discovery about Halley's Comet after a young woman falls out of his telescope.

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"Elvis is waiting in the car." Another bizarre & quirky Tales from the Darkside episode.

Tales from the Darkside: Comet Watch starts as amateur stargazer Englebert Ames (Anthony Heald) is excited by the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness Halley's Comet which only passes the Earth every seventy-five point eight years. However while gazing at it through his old telescope something strange happens, he sees a woman heading towards him & she ends up coming out of the end of his telescope & into his room! The woman says her name is Lara Burns (Sarah Rush) & that she found a time window in 1910 the last time Halley's Comet passed Earth which allowed her to ride it with it's discoverer Edmund Halley (Fritz Weaver) who also drops into Englebert's room through his telescope to reclaim Lara but she doesn't want to go back with him...

Episode 13 from season 2 this Tales from the Darkside story was directed by Warner Shook & is yet another light hearted fantasy that wouldn't feel out of place on the Disney channel. The script by Harvey Jacobs & Jule Selbo has an absolutely bizarre premise behind it, the fact that Edmund Halley lives on the comet he discovered & that a woman from 1910 also lives on it with him is certainly a unique plot. I mean can you think of another film or telly programme with a similar story? The main problem I have with Comet Watch & the majority of these types of Tales from the Darkside episodes is that once the novelty value wears off they become incredibly silly & rarely do anything with the premise. At only twenty minutes at least it's short but the story is just so far removed from reality it's very becomes odd watching it, the overly happy mushy ending is weak & predictable as well.

Like a lot of Tales from the Darkside episodes Comet Watch takes place in a single location with only four cast members, this series is very good at using the absolute economic minimum to tell a story. Despite being known as a horror anthology series this episode isn't scary & doesn't even try to be. Comet Watch was one of respected actor Anthony Heald's first jobs while it was one of veteran actor Fritz Weaver's last.

Comet Watch is an oddity, it's a watchable oddity that is just so bizarre I don't quite know how to take it or what to think of it. Fans of the more quirky stories from this show should like it.


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