Tales from the Darkside: Season 3, Episode 7

Heretic (9 Nov. 1986)

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Arrogant art "dealer" Harte buys an expensive 16th century tempera painting from an art fence, then lands in a Court of Inquisition to face judgment for his act.


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Episode cast overview:
Michael O'Hare ...
Mysterious Man
Dominic Marcus ...
Inquisitor's Assistant
Paul Sparer ...
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Arrogant art "dealer" Harte buys an expensive 16th century tempera painting from an art fence, then lands in a Court of Inquisition to face judgment for his act.

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OK episode with morals.

Tales from the Darkside: Heretic starts as art thief & fence Mr. Harte (Bruce MacVittie) takes delivery of a crate full of stolen artifacts from a recently excavated sixteenth century monastery. Harte is excited by a genuine sixteenth century painting & realises he can make a fortune on it, but then he gets a visit from a Monk who sets about making Harte see the error of his criminal ways...

Episode 7 from season 3 this Tales from the Darkside story originally aired in the US during November 1986, directed by Jerry Smith one has to say that Heretic is alright but nothing special. The script by Edithe Swensen is a typical 'bad guy gets his comeuppance in an appropriately ironic way' story with a bit of history thrown into the mix. The script mentions Saint Bartholomew which is a name that a lot of people either won't recognise or know the significance of, for what it's worth St. Bartholomew was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus & if you didn't know that then at least some of this episode will pass you by. There is also a scene set amongst the Spanish inquisition which is a far more well known & notorious part of history. The ending isn't great, the story is a little predictable & as I have already said some of the more obscure religious references may pass some viewers by.

The sequence set during the Spanish inquisition looks pretty good with nice period production design otherwise the entire story takes place within Harte's apartment. For those of you out there who don't know according to Wikipedia the definition of a Heretic is a person who expresses or acts on opinions considered to be heresy which itself is described as a challenge to a prescribed system of belief, especially a religious one. So now you know. The acting is alright here.

Heretic is an OK Tales from the Darkside episode, it tries to be moral & clever at the same time but at only twenty minutes in length it runs out of time & can't really develop it's plot enough to make maximum impact. Not bad but not great.

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