Eric tracks Skorzney to a shadowy boatyard and begins to keep a journal. He steals a revolver and gets some silver bullets, hoping to kill Skorzney to end the curse. But Eric is captured by sailors who plan to turn him over to Alamo Joe.

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Eric tracks Skorzney to a shadowy boatyard and begins to keep a journal. He steals a revolver and gets some silver bullets, hoping to kill Skorzney to end the curse. But Eric is captured by sailors who plan to turn him over to Alamo Joe.

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Decent second episode.

Werewolf: Nightwatch is set in Santa Clara where teenager Eric Cord (John J. York) has managed to track down lead Werewolf Jonas Skorzeny (Chuck Connors), now infected with the Werewolf curse that makes him turn into a viscous beast Eric know's the only way to break the curse is to destroy Skorzeny the source of the bloodline. Eric finds Skorzeny hiding out on a fishing boat & tries to shoot him, unfortunately you need silver bullets to kill a Werewolf so Eric's plan fails. Meanwhile bounty hunter Alamo Joe Rogan (Lance LeGault) is on his trail...

Episode two from the first & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during July 1987, directed by David Hemmings this is a straight continuation on from the feature length pilot episode. There's a brief recap at the start of Nightwatch to bring any potentially new viewers who might not have seen the pilot up-to date but I would suspect that Nightwatch would make more sense to those that have seen the pilot. Here newly turned Werewolf Eric Cord spends the whole twenty five minute episode trying to kill Skorzeny which is fine I suppose but not much else actually happens. To be fair there are one or two nice character development scenes here, one such scene near the beginning where we hear as Eric's thoughts as he tries to write a letter to someone trying to get across his feelings is a well written & played out monologue. There's a subplot about a couple of sailors wanting to turn Eric in for a reward & bounty hunter Rogan doing a bit of detective work to track Eric but otherwise it's a fairly uneventful if still watchable episode.

Set largely at night on some docks there's a great atmosphere as the creaking wooden boats, scenes lit by swinging oil lanterns & the dense thick fog give it a traditional horror feel. Eric turns into a Werewolf at the end & although the transformation isn't seen the final creature thanks to An American Werewolf in London (1981) special effects man Rick Baker is impressive. There's no real blood or gore in this episode.

Nightwatch is a pretty good second episode as the series begins to settle down into it's regular twenty minute slot after the feature length pilot. It's probably worth tracking down the pilot as Nightwatch will make more sense as a result but even taken on it's own with a short recap at the start it's not too bad.


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