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The writer of Voyage's Shadowman returns with another alien invasion on
an almost empty Seaview. This time a deadly cloud and a cloud invader
who takes over Crane.
You could almost say that QM's The Invaders (1967) is a sister show to Voyage as both shows did the invasion-of-the-body-snatchers thing so many times. Here we go again with Voyage and The Deadly Cloud. But Voyage does this theme just so well, I can forgive the fact that the series is repeating itself a lot here.
The first half of this hour is a knockout with a strong doomsday feeling that is done just so well. The cloud invader - his look and voice - is very pleasing. He looks like an invader from Lost In Space's Follow The Leader. And, once again, this is all helped by the stock Bernard Herrmann movie music. David Hedison's "taken over" acting is very pleasing.
But the hour seems to run out of steam in the second half, there is the odd bit that still makes it fun, but after act two The Deadly Cloud feels like a balloon that has been hit by a pin. Too bad.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"The Deadly Cloud", though not as bad as "The Great Vegetable
Rebellion" from sister show "Lost in Space, still ranks as one of the
worst of the 83 produced during "Voyage's" 1964-1968 run.
Using an overabundance of stock footage from the 1961 theatrical film, the story deals with alien possession (AGAIN!), this time (AGAIN!) of Captain Crane (David Hedison]. It also has gun play, something that was too frequently used on the Seaview which could've proved fateful in a real submarine.
The mask of the alien is the same mask used in the season one "Lost in Space" episode "Follow the Leader." It was better put to use in the earlier show, which also dealt with alien possession.
Allen did have a tendency to "recycle" stories, as well as props and costumes in his shows.
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