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The Collector's Room 24th February 2011 11:14 AM

Any love for the Gallery?
Although a quite flawed series, there were some really stories in NG.

My issue with the series was that some of these stories weren't given time to develop which hurt them.

TwilightZoneTom@Cult Labs 24th February 2011 03:05 PM

Im slowly working my way through season 1. I'm finding it enjoyable, but like you say it is a bit flawed.

I'm yet to be knocked off my feet by it. Some of them are so derivative of Twilight Zone episodes too. But I don't think I've gotten to any of the episodes that are considered classics yet. They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar is coming up soon, so maybe that'll be the one!

Orange_monkey 24th February 2011 06:39 PM

I love Night Gallery. I like it even though it has its faults. Except those flipping two / three minute gag stories in Season Two that Jack Laird wrote.

Tim Riley's Bar is amazing, The Doll is great cheesy fun too from Season One.

Season Two's patchy but The Caterpillar is an incredible episode. Also give Pickman's Model and A Fear Of Spiders a go.

I think the writing isn't as strong in Night Gallery as Twilight Zone but when it works it's really effective.

The pay-off at the end of The Doll is really creepy, but also a lot of fun.

The Collector's Room 27th February 2011 11:37 AM

An episode I really liked was the graveyard story from the pilot. However, like most stories from the Gallery, I felt it's ending wasn't played out well enough to compliment the slow build.

wongfeihung62 27th February 2011 11:44 AM

One episode that creeped me out as a kid (I am sure it was a NG episode, but apologies if I am wrong) itwas about a painting that came to life(I think it was a pirate), I am sure if I viewed this now I would have a different view.

Orange_monkey 16th March 2011 03:41 PM

Pirate and paintings
At a guess it's probably The Escape Clause from the pilot. That features a fisherman on a boat painting which comes to life. There's also a bit about a man being, effectively, trapped in a picture of hell. So it's probably where the scare came from when you were a kid.

Big Gaz 15th May 2011 04:22 PM

I completed watching the first season of Night Gallery a few weeks back and in my opinion there are only two good segments out of the seventeen in total. Those segments are “The Escape Route” and “They’re tearing down Tim Riley’s bar”, which both get 8 out of 10 ratings from me.

When it comes to the other fifteen segments, I thought “Eyes”, “The Cemetery” and “The House” were decent, whereas the rest ranged from average to poor in standard, so overall I was a bit disappointed with this first season.

From what I have read online though, the show does improve in season two and season two is considered the best of the three seasons. You also get 23 episodes and about 60 segments in season two, whereas with season one it was just 7 episodes featuring (as already mentioned) 17 segments.

TwilightZoneTom@Cult Labs 16th May 2011 07:01 PM

I'm not far into season 2, but I'd definitely agree with that. It seems to really hit it's stride in the first few stories.

The Collector's Room 20th May 2011 01:30 PM

I wish they'd hurry up and release Season 2 on Region 1.

Orange_monkey 23rd May 2011 01:41 PM

The Region 1 is available on UK Amazon for £20

As for a Region 2 release I'm less hopeful. It's been three years since S2 was released in America and there's still no sign.

The fact that it's on Hulu in the States as well means I doubt there will be much of a push to get a decent package for season three out either.


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