Werewolf: Season 1, Episode 22

Skinwalker (24 Jan. 1988)

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Forgettable episode about Indians.

Werewolf: Skinwalker starts as Eric (John J. York) tracks Skorzeny down to a native American Indian town where several brutal murders have been committed, however once Eric gets there he finds Skorzeny has left. While talking to some of the locals they mention a mythical creature known as a Skinwalker from their ancient legends, a creature that looks like a human but can change it's appearance. Eric ask's what their ancient elders did about these Skinwalkers & hears that they had a purification ceremony to cure the cursed, sensing a resemblance to his own shape changing problems Eric ask's if the ceremony could be performed on himself in return for finding the killer...

Episode twenty two from the one & only season of Werewolf this originally aired in the US during January 1988, directed by Rob Bowman one has to say that Skinwalker is a pretty forgettable episode all round. You know with the great sounding title Skinwalker I was expecting something really good but it actually turned out to be a fairly boring tale about ancient Indian legends, well I guess Eric was going to meet up with some Indians sooner or later & try their ancient rituals in an attempt to find a cure for his Lycanthropy. Skinwalker is a throughly routine & uninspiring twenty five minutes, the character's are one dimensional stock clichés with the elder tribes man who believes all the ancient legends along the young Indians who refuse to live by the elders traditions & a pretty poor murder mystery subplot as we know one of the Indians is a killer Werewolf but not which one until the end when it really could have been any of them for the amount of effort the makers put into it. Bounty hunter Rogan appears in this episode although he doesn't get to do that much.

With a title like Skinwalker I was expecting some sort of creature other than a Werewolf to turn up in this but I was left feeling disappointed, again. There's a Werewolf on Werewolf fight at the end but it doesn't amount to much & Eric the good Werewolf wins although according to this series a Werewolf can only be killed by silver so why did Eric the good Werewolf kill the bad Indian Werewolf by just biting it? Maybe Eric the good Werewolf has solid silver fillings in his fangs? Even the look of this episode is somewhat flat & dull compared to usual.

Skinwalker is a rather disappointing Werewolf episode, I expected a lot more but instead got a rather dull ancient Indian legends based plot which didn't do much for me at all. Not particularly recommended, especially if your not a fan of the show.


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