Cannon (1971–1976)
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The Quasar Kill 

Cannon investigates the death of a scientist who designed a computer that searches for extra terrestrial signals. But was he murdered by an entity from outer space or by a fellow scientist with something to hide?

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

Edward Hume (developed for television by), Karl Tunberg | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Andrew Duggan ... Dr. Aaron Lawrence
Eric Braeden ... Carl Bruckner
Keene Curtis ... Dr. Sam Tree
Ellen Weston Ellen Weston ... Inge Golden
Joshua Bryant ... Professor Egan
James Gammon ... Sheriff Ryder
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... Dr. James Golden
Virgil Frye ... Deputy Sheriff
Owen Bush Owen Bush ... Joe
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Congressman Manly
Barry Delaney Barry Delaney ... Tony D'Angelo
Drew Denbaum Drew Denbaum ... Bill
Stewart Steinberg ... First Technician
W.T. Zacha W.T. Zacha ... Guard
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Cannon investigates the death of a scientist who designed a computer that searches for extra terrestrial signals. But was he murdered by an entity from outer space or by a fellow scientist with something to hide?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There were sound effects from the USS Enterprise bridge of Star Trek TOS used in the laboratory scenes. See more »

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Has the series jumped the shark?
18 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Words like dumb or ludicrous would be generous when referring to "The Quasar Kill"...a truly terrible episode of "Cannon"! It also conjures up the phrase..."Jumping the shark"! Why? Because this is the sort of dopey episode that would seem to indicate that the show's best programs are behind and it's only a matter of time until it was canceled...which, incidentally, did happen soon after this. I can only assume they used a rejected script or wrote something this silly because they knew that the show was finished and they simply didn't care. Yes, it's THAT bad.

If you don't believe me...here's the stupid plot: A team of scientists are trying to contact life on other planets. One of them insists he's made a huge discovery and it proves life exists outside the Earth...when suddenly something goes wrong with their Dr. Frankenstein-like equipment and the biggest detractor on the team is killed. Was he killed by little green men or did someone on the team rig it...Cannon's brought in to find out. Add to that a Luddite* rival professor and his nutty followers who arrive with grenades, a sheriff who likes to beat confessions out of people AND Cannon who is in inexplicably hostile mood and you have the makings for a super bad episode from start to finish. There is nothing I liked about this one...and I usually love this show.

*The Luddites were a group of folks who were scared the Industrial Revolution would harm folks more than help and they were all in favor of destroying the machinery they thought was going to replace them....back in the 19th century.


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