Werewolf: Blood on the Tracks starts as drifter Eric Cord (John J. York) follows a train track into a small town where he finds a job working on the railroad. While there Eric meets his boyhood hero ex-professional heavyweight boxer 'Sweet' Jake Williams (Everett McGill) who is in hiding with his wife Louise & young daughter Linda (T.J. Wornalla) from the mob who wants him dead after he refused to throw a fight. Eric gets into a barroom fight with a guy named Dil (Tyler Tyhurst) & Jake comes to Eric's rescue, however Dil goes to the local police & the fight attracts the wrong sort of attention as the mob soon turns up & starts looking for Jake. Together Eric & Jake decide to stay & fight...
Episode fifteen from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during November 1987, directed by Rob Bowman (who went on to direct The X-Files (1998) film & over thirty episodes from The X-Files (1994 - 2000) telly series) this is probably one of my least favourite episodes from the series so far, there really is very little to recommend here as far as I am concerned. The whole boxer on the run from the mob after refusing to fix a fight plot is a well used one & was maybe most famously used in Daredevil (2003) as the reason why Matt Murdock decides to become a superhero. It's not a very captivating or particularly interesting storyline & what's worse is that it has no supernatural overtones at all apart from the rather predictable ending where Eric turns into a Werewolf & sorts Jake's problem out for him. Also this type of episode is starting to become a bit routine, the sort of episode where Eric meets some stranger on his travels who then pours their heart out to him & in some way or another Eric uses his Werewolf abilities to solve said strangers problems. The main problem with Blood on the Tracks is that basic central story revolving around a boxer is utterly forgettable, dull & not really suited to a horror themed series such as Werewolf.
Neither regular character's Skorzeny or bounty hunter Rogan appear in Blood on the Tracks & as such this is one of those stand alone episodes which doesn't really move the overall story of the series as a whole along. There's not really much Werewolf action here, the Werewolf appears without any transformation scene & claws a guy's throat in one of the bloodier scenes from the show & then kills another off screen which amounts to about two minutes. The rest of this episode is spent on rather dull exposition that you will probably have forgotten by the time the end credits have finished. Lead guest star Everett McGill went on to star in the Twin Peaks (1990 - 1991) TV series.
Blood on the Tracks is one of the most forgettable, routine & uninspiring Werewolf episodes. I didn't really like this one at all I'm afraid, definitely one you could skip & not really miss anything important or stimulating.
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