The Greatest American Hero: The Beast in The Black

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The Greatest American Hero: The Beast in the Black aired in December of 1981, but it feels like a show that was better suited for October, as in Halloween.

The show opens innocently enough with Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) meeting a realtor at the site of an old house that is being torn down.  However, whatever is inside is up for grabs, and Ralph and his students have need of it.

Jane Merrow plays the realtor.  I really don’t know much about her, but I liked the attitude she had here in this part.

The show also guest stars Christine Belford as Sheila Redman, better known as the spirit that possesses the house.  The house isn’t the horror part, though, it’s when Sheila takes possession of Bill’s body.  Some of these moments are chilling for a show like this, but there’s nothing in the category of The Exorcist.

Again, the Pam character is unseen for the most part, leaving it an all-male main focus.  As I’ve said before, Katt and Culp do some good stuff together, but they need Connie Sellecca to buffer them.

On the whole, this is a decent episode, though I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites.


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