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Bill Pissott
07-31-2005, 07:38 PM
Because I love the show and have been re-watching it a lot lately I thought I'd have some fun and just jot down some quick reviews of the episodes I have seen and in case anyone is interested. Be advised, there will be SPOILERS in the reviews so proceed with caution. Maybe Ian J will make this a sticky. :)

Reviewers Note: I've seen these episodes from various sources. TV, TV VHS Dupes, 16MM VHS Dupes and DVD. To the best of my recollection, I'll list the best source for each episode that I have personally seen.

Bill Pissott
07-31-2005, 07:52 PM
"Night Of April 14"
Episode 2, Season 1
Original Airdate of 1/27/59
Directed by John Newland
Starring Patrick Macnee and Barbara Lord

An episode that IMHO, epitomizes what One Step Beyond is all about. In April of 1912, a young bride to be has recurring nightmares of drowning in icy water. To her shock and surprise, she then finds out that her fiancee has booked them passage on the Titanic for their honeymoon.

Dark, brooding and atmospheric, this early episode features more then adequate acting, terrific writing by Collier Young and a fine directorial touch by John Newland. Fog bound and eerie, the episode's "psychic twist" occurs when it becomes clear that the bride to be's dreams were indeed a premonition but not entirely correct as it isn't she who perishes in the icy water but her fiancee.

The double kick here is host Newland's closing monologue which reveals the psychic twists that occured around the globe preceeding the disaster. For example a methodist minister in Canada who suddenly changes a hymn for that evening to #446, "Pray For Those Who Peril On The Sea" and a magazine cartoonist in Pennsylvania who sketches the specifics of the disaster as it happens. The real kick is a book Newland reveals which was written in 1898 about an ocean liner disaster. The book was called "Futility" and concerned a ship called "Titan" which was deemed unsinkable but struck an iceberg in April and sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

Rating: ***1/2

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
07-31-2005, 08:07 PM
"The Dark Room"
Episode 4, Season 1
Original Airdate Of 2/10/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Cloris Leachman

A young American photographer(Leachman), moves into an old house in Paris for her next assignment for her fashion magazine. Suddenly, an unexpected male model shows up to be photographed and starts to get hysterical about an affair. He then tries to kill the photgrapher but doesn't succeed. Later, the photgrapher learns that her mysterious model actually died in her home in 1926 after killing his cheating wife.

A lower tier episode of the show that does feature nice Parisian indoor sets and as usual, a good dose of atmosphere. Still, it falls short in the end because we get the feeling right off the bat that the mysterious male model is not what he seems to be. He just shows up at the house and is just standing there when Leachman finally discovers his presence. This kind of takes the jolt away from the "psychic twist" but is still an interesting watch.

Rating: **

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
07-31-2005, 08:43 PM
"Epilogue"
Episode 6, Season 1
Original Airdate: 2/24/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Julie Adams, Charles Aidman, William Schallert

Trying to patch things up with his wife in Nevada, recovering alcoholic Carl Archer receives the shock of his life after learning that his wife and young son are suddenly trapped after a cave-in at an old silver mine. What is even more shocking is the "person" Carl receives this information from.

Though this may not sound like much of an episode from the description, it is truly a haunting and chilling entry from the series and easily falls in my top 10 episodes from the show. Aidman's performance as the alcoholic husband is endearing and the frustration he portrays in trying to convince doctor's that it was his wife who warned him of their sons plight despite the fact that she was killed instantly during the cave-in is memorable. Aidman's character is easy to dismiss by the doctors because he is a recovering alcoholic and that seeing his wife was merely a hallucination brought on by the alcohol withdrawal. What makes the episode even more satisfying is that, not only does Aidman save his son, but when all hope is lost that anyone would believe him, a couple of workers show up to back up his story since they also heard the cries of help from a woman....Aidman's dead wife.

A great episode all around with one really memorable scene of Aidman waking from a nap to discover his wife, covered in dirt, standing at his doorway screaming about their trapped son. It sends shivers down the spine.

Rating: ****

Best Source: Delta DVD

Bill Pissott
07-31-2005, 09:37 PM
"The Dream"
Episode 7, Season 1
Original Airdate: 3/3/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Reginald Owen

Set in England, just before Dunkirk in 1940, One Step Beyond introduces it's first period piece to no great effect. The story, involving an elderly couple who save each others lives thanks to seperate dreams, is dull and, for the most part, uninteresting. Of slight interest is the focus on wartime England and it's need for homefront volunteers from all walks of life and from all age groups and the one stand out scene involves a well staged and executed studio bound battle sequence. Other then that, the episode is a tedious affair and a rare misfire from the series.

Rating: *1/2

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
07-31-2005, 10:33 PM
"Premonition"
Episode 8, Season 1
Original Airdate: 3/10/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Pamela Lincoln

An 11 year old ballerina is paralyzed with fear after having a frightening vision in 1901 of the chandelier in her home falling from the ceiling and killing her. She is so frightened that she stays away from the room for 10 years until the day of her engagement. After nothing bad happens on that day, the incident is forgotten until 1947 when her granddaughter has her coming out party in the very room where the chandelier hangs.

This is a very interesting and involving episode featuring many memorable scenes. For instance, when the young ballerina has her vision, she is dancing rapidly in a circle when all of a sudden the premonition happens. Also, director Newland chooses to make the chandelier a character all it's own prominently featuring it as a constant, looming and ominous presence. The "psychic twist" is that the young ballerina's vision does come true, but it isn't her that is the victim but rather the child of the future generation. Well done.

Rating: ***

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Horace Cordier
08-01-2005, 10:13 AM
Thanks for this Bill. Good Job!

Just giving you a little encouragement - it can get lonely in this type of thread. And who knows, when you are done, maybe you can turn it into a ONE STEP BEYOND book? :D

Bill Pissott
08-01-2005, 10:46 AM
Thanks for the kind words Horace. Yes, it can get lonely in here but that's ok. I like the show enough to want to talk about it or express opinions even if no one is listening or reading. :)

As for the book thing, you can probably tell from the writing style that something like that ain't happening! :)

Horace Cordier
08-01-2005, 04:12 PM
As for the book thing, you can probably tell from the writing style that something like that ain't happening! :)

Thats why God invented editors Bill. Ever heard the story of what BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS looked like before the editor got a hold of it? :D

Bill Pissott
08-01-2005, 08:55 PM
Thats why God invented editors Bill. Ever heard the story of what BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS looked like before the editor got a hold of it? :D


No I haven't and I completely forgot about editors! There is hope! :)

Bill Pissott
08-01-2005, 09:02 PM
"The Dead Part Of The House"
Episode 9, Season 1
Original Airdate: 3/17/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Philip Abbott and Joanne Linville

Atmospheric and often eerie tale centering on a widower and his young daughter and there difficulty relating to one another after the death their wife/mother. The young girl finds solace in a room upstairs where her father hears her talking to herself. In reality, she is conversing with the spirits of three dead children who have inhabited her dolls.

A well done episode featuring fine acting and simple and effective direction. A sense of the bizarre hovers throughout the entire episode and while you may not feel the chills, you will definitely have a sense of unease while watching.

Rating: ***

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
08-01-2005, 09:31 PM
"The Vision"
Episode 10, Season 1
Original Airdate: 3/24/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Pernell Roberts and HM Wynant

Facinating tale set during World War I. On November 14, 1915, four French soldiers see a bright light in the sky. As a result, they abandon their posts and cease to fight. The soldiers are tried by their superiors for cowardice but each soldier continues to testify that they felt a sensation of peace and serenity after seeing the light. Their testimony is verified as reports come in from all sides in the war that a bright light did indeed appear when the soldiers claimed it did.

A real involving story featuring wonderful performances from the entire cast. Though this particular account has no record of ever happening during WWI, though it may have just not been recorded, there is an account of a strange occurance during the Vietnam War. Author Daniel Goleman tells of a strange instance where US forces were battling the Vietcong, exchanging heavy fire, when six monks walked through the battlefield. They didn't look right, they didn't look left. They walked straight through. It was strange because no one shot at them. After they walked out of view, both sides just quit. No one felt like fighting. This was later verified by a US soldier who fought that battle, David Busch.

Though it wasn't a strange bright light that spurred the ceasefire in this particular case, the reactions of the soldiers is identical to the soldiers reactions in "The Vision".

Rating: ***1/2

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bob H
08-02-2005, 09:26 AM
Bill,

Great thread . . . just catching up on these. You should also consider posting these at the OSB group over at Yahoo. It's a small, but growing group. Here's the link:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ONE_STEP_BEYOND_FANS/

Mark Tay
08-02-2005, 09:25 PM
Bill - Keep up the good work.

If you don't already own it, I would recommend picking up the book "An Analytical Guide to TV's One Step Beyond" by John Kennith Muir. It is pricey but worth it for anyone who is a fan of the show. Muir also has an interview with John Newland which you can read online here. (http://www.johnkennethmuir.com/JohnKennethMuirsRetroTVFile_onestepbeyond.html)

Bill Pissott
08-02-2005, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys! And thanks for the links and info on the book.

More reviews this weekend. :)

Bill Pissott
08-13-2005, 12:15 PM
Hey Ian, can you sticky this when you get a chance so I don't have to search or scrawl through the "TV Forum" to find it? Thanks buddy! :)

Bill Pissott
08-13-2005, 12:28 PM
"The Return Of Mitchell Campion"
Episode 12, Season 1
Original Airdate: 4/7/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Patrick O'Neal

Very involving story of an "Out Of Body Experience" featuring a sturdy and believable performance from Patrick O'Neal. O'Neal's character, Mitchell Campion, takes a vacation to a small island near Spain. Once there, all the island's residents are very friendly with Mitchell and claim to have met him before even though it is his first visit to the island. They know all his details and to make matters worse, Campion seems to also be in trouble with a local girl over a past relationship. How could this all be happening when he has never visited the island before?

An interesting piece of psychic phenomena presented very matter-of-fact by Newland and company. It seems that Campion was actually in a coma following a car accident and was dead for four minutes due to cardiac arrest. Could Campion have had this out of body experience while in that coma or while being dead those four minutes? Pretty spooky stuff!

Rating: ***

Best Source: Delta DVD

Bill Pissott
08-13-2005, 12:36 PM
"The Secret"
Episode 14, Season 1
Original Airdate: 4/21/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring: Maria Palmer, Robert Douglas

Lackluster tale of a woman in a failing marraige with an uncaring husband, Her hubby even forgets her 40th birthday which sends her into a bit of a depression. Rummaging through the basement, she comes upon an old ouija board which she uses to summon a caring and respectful spirit named Jeremy, a French soldier killed 80 years earlier in 1870, who fills her life in some ways her husband cannot.

Not a favorite of mine and one of the rare times that Newland and company telegraph the "psychic punchline", which really takes away from the impact and the episode as a whole.

Rating: *1/2

Best Source: Delta DVD

Bill Pissott
08-13-2005, 12:48 PM
"The Burning Girl"
Episode 16, Season 1
Original Airdate: 5/5/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring: Olive Deering, Luana Anders, Edward Platt

Early on in it's series life, "One Step Beyond" hits a home run with the haunting and atmospheric tale, "The Burning Girl". The story centers around young Alice who has a history of being able to start fires when being harrassed by her cruel Aunt Mildred or when being pushed to far by sadistic fellow high schoolers. The young girl is able to do this with her mind, through pyrokinesis and when a doctor attempts to get to the bottom of the situation, it only angers the girl and causes yet another firery outburst.

A gripping, spooky episode that is one of the finest a supernatural anthology series can offer. Fine performances all around and superb direction by Newland make this an involving and surreal viewing experience. The similarities between this story and Stephen King's "Carrie" cannot be denied with the "OSB" tale pre-dating King's work by nearly 15 years. Here is a previous thread discussing both this episode and Carrie:

http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=14490&highlight=Stephen+King

Rating: ****

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
08-14-2005, 10:53 AM
"The Haunted U-Boat"
Episode 17, Season 1
Original Airdate: 5/12/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring: Werner Klemperer

One Step Beyond follows it's superb episode, "The Burning Girl", with another excellent, spooky entry entitled "The Haunted U-Boat". With the Allies closing in during the waning days of WWII, the Nazi Party tries to preserve their future leaders by attempting to wisk them away to safety aboard u-boats. One such leader is Bachman(Klemperer), a cold and sadistic individual. Once below the surface. German U-Boat #147 begins to experience a strange pounding on the hull. Though the u-boat initially escapes Allied detection, the pounding eventually leads a U.S. ship back towards the location of the sub putting the entire crew in danger. Even more bizarre is the fact that the pounding only seems to happen in Bachman's location on the sub. Finally, the cause of the strange "tapping" is uncovered, a wrench held in the hand of the skeletal remains of a laborer who died when the ship was under construction at a Nazi dock.

An atmospheric, haunting tale with a great performance from Klemperer. As the pounding first begins Klemperer basically tries to blow it off as an onboard malfunction of some kind. But as the poundings pace and volume picks up, Klemperer's decent into madness is very convincing. Director Newland does a great job in depicting the claustrophobic setting and close quarters of the u-boat. It is a brilliant episode, sometimes difficult to watch due to the uncomfortable closeness of the crew in the tiny u-boat.

Some of you probably think this sounds familiar and that you saw it on "The Twilight Zone". Well, you did in Rod Serling's episode, "The Thirty-Fathom Grave". However, while Serling's entry aired on 1/10/63 and is probably remembered more, One Step Beyond's episode aired almost 4 years earlier! Again, with this episode and the previous "Burning Girl" entry, "OSB" again proves that it was ahead of it's time and pre-dates the "more famous" King and Serling stories by some time. Yet more reasons why Newland's series was truly the grandfather of all supernatural series that came after it, including "TZ".

Rating: ****

Best Source: TV VHS Dupe

Bill Pissott
08-14-2005, 12:16 PM
"The Captain's Guests"
Episode 19, Season 1
Original Airdate: 5/26/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring: Robert Webber, Nancy Hadley

A combination ghost/possession story that is mildly entertaining at best. A married couple moves into a vacant house on the New England coast. Despite the warnings of residents that the house is "unfriendly", the couple move in anyway. As a result, Andy, the husband, becomes possessed by the former inhabitant, a bitter sea captain, and begins to exhibit both physical and mental traits of the former resident.

A decent episode that is well acted and creepy in spots. Not the best that "OSB" has to offer but, again, director Newland conjurs up a nice bit of atmosphere to make the segment at least enjoyable.

Rating: **1/2

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
08-14-2005, 04:25 PM
"Echo"
Episode 20, Season 1
Original Airdate: 6/2/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring: Ross Martin

The second closest that One Step Beyond gets to film noir. An atmospheric and spooky tale centering one a man(Ross Martin) acquited of his wife's murder(though he is guilty) who decides to leave town and start anew. While staying at a quiet hotel, Martin see's a vision in the mirror of a strange gunman opening fire and killing him. Is it Martin's guilty concience? Or is it something else entirely?

Very interesting episode to say the least with a strong performance by Martin. The real star of this episode, as is almost always the case, is director Newland. The episode is injected with some film noir standards, especially shadows. The shadows are almost a character all it's own. Again, "OSB" shows it was ahead of the game as "The Twilight Zone" used a similar concept in the Peter Falk episode, "The Mirror". The "TZ" segemnt origianlly aired on 10/20/61, more then 2 years after the One Step Beyond entry. A fine segment as One Step Beyond inches closer to closing out a very successful freshman campaign.

Rating: ***

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
08-14-2005, 07:21 PM
"The Riddle"
Episode 22, Season 1
Original Airdate: 6/16/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring: Warren Stevens, Barry Atwater

One Step Beyond closes it's first season with a bang featuring the mysterious and suspenseful episode, "The Riddle". During a train ride in India, an American man(Stevens) begins to act strangely, scared and angry towards an old villager carrying a rooster in a cage. He leaves the train to go after the old man, while Stevens' distraught wife follows. When a nasty confrontation takes place, a local constable tells Steven's wife about a bizarre love triangle that ended violently on the very day of her husbands birth, July 17, 1925.

A steamy, sweaty and bizarre episode dealing with reincarnation and the continuous cycle of life. Well acted by Stevens and company and nicely directed by Newland. The episode is gripping and involves the viewer from start to finish. A nice way for "OSB" to wrap up it's initial season.

Rating: ***

Best Source: Movies Unlimited VHS

Bill Pissott
08-16-2007, 12:35 PM
Decided to break out a couple of episodes on VHS last night. THE DEATH WALTZ and TIDAL WAVE. Both still spooky to this day and further enchancing ONE STEP BEYOND as my favorite supernatural TV series.

TCPerconti
08-16-2007, 09:03 PM
I don't know if anyone is aware, but Walmart has a boxset of One Step Beyond (50 episodes) in their dump bin for $5. Yes, the quality is what you would expect, but it's a great and inexpensive way to watch this show...when your local cable company doesn't carry a channel that shows it...like mine. :( The best $5 I've spent in a long, long time.

Bill Pissott
08-21-2007, 10:44 AM
Can you view this set online to get an idea of what episodes are on it?

Bill Pissott
08-21-2007, 11:01 AM
Could this be it?

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=99365879526004&item_id=1326170&searchID=354525

TCPerconti
08-21-2007, 09:03 PM
Could this be it?

http://www.dvdempire.com/Exec/v4_item.asp?userid=99365879526004&item_id=1326170&searchID=354525
Comparing the list of episodes on that link with what is listed on the box, I'd say that it is the same set. (Mills Creek Entertainment made both) The only difference is the coverart. $9.98 @ DVDEmpire would be a good price, $5 @ Walmart is even better. :D

Bill Pissott
08-21-2007, 09:09 PM
Very true. I have almost every episode on VHS from various sources and from what I've seen of most of the PD DVD releases of the series, the quality is comparable to my tapes so I'm hesitant to update to disc. The lone exception being VCI's "One Step Beyond", Collection #1. Quality was much better for most of those 12 episodes from any other DVD or VHS source I have come across and the episodes were completely uncut. Problem is, VCI only put out the First collection and stopped there. I guess the set just didn't sell well enough to warrant additional releases :(

TCPerconti
08-21-2007, 09:52 PM
Very true. I have almost every episode on VHS from various sources and from what I've seen of most of the PD DVD releases of the series, the quality is comparable to my tapes so I'm hesitant to update to disc.
True. I wish someone would restore and remaster them the way Elite Entertainment restored Night of the Living Dead.

Bill Pissott
08-23-2007, 09:05 PM
Well, after about a year and a half, when all hope was lost, I finally found most of my holy grail!! For the last 1 1/2 years or so I have been unable to locate all my ONE STEP BEYOND VHS tapes. I had 33 tapes and all 97 episodes but for the last year plus, all I've been able to locate was one tape with 4 episodes on it. Today, I searched deeper in one of the crawlspaces in the front hall. I noticed a bag I didn't recognize during previous searches tucked way in the back. I crawled in and grabbed the bag and, viola, it was chock full of OSB tapes!!! Not all mind you. I'm still missing 5 tapes and 23 episodes but, instead of just one tape and four episodes, I now have, for the time being, 28 tapes and 74 episodes. And since I finally came across this treasure, I'm sure the other 5 tapes can't be far behind. Anyway, this is where my collection stands.

One Step Beyond Episodes:

NIGHT OF APRIL 14TH
THE DARK ROOM
EPILOGUE
THE DREAM
PREMONITION
THE DEAD PART OF THE HOUSE
THE VISION
THE DEVIL'S LAUGHTER
THE RETURN OF MITCHELL CAMPION
THE AERIALIST
THE BURNING GIRL
THE HAUNTED U-BOAT
IMAGE OF DEATH
THE CAPTAIN'S GUESTS
ECHO
FRONT RUNNER
THE RIDDLE
DELUSION
ORDEAL ON LOCUST STREET
BRAINWAVE
NIGHT OF THE KILL
THE OPEN WINDOW
MESSAGE FROM CLARA
FORKED LIGHTNING
REUNION
DEAD RINGER
THE STONE CUTTER
FATHER IMAGE
MAKE ME NOT A WITCH
EARTHQUAKE
FORESTS OF THE NIGHT
CALL FROM TOMORROW
THE DAY THE WORLD WEPT - THE LINCOLN STORY
THE LOVERS
VANISHING POINT
THE MASK
THE HAUNTING
THE EXPLORER
THE CLOWN
I SAW YOU TOMORROW
ENCOUNTER
THE PETER HURKOS STORY PART 1
THE PETER HURKOS STORY PART 2
GYPSY
HOUSE OF THE DEAD
GOODBYE GRANDPA
THE STORM
TIDAL WAVE
ANNIVERSARY OF A MURDER
THE DEATH WALTZ
THE RETURN
IF YOU SEE SALLY
MOMENT OF HATE
TO KNOW THE END
THE TRAP
THE VOICE
THE PROMISE
TONIGHT AT 12:17
WHERE ARE THEY?
LEGACY OF LOVE
RENDEZVOUS
THE EXECUTIONER
THE LAST ROUND
DEAD MAN'S TALE
THE GIFT
PERSON UNKNOWN
NIGHT OF DECISION
THE STRANGER
JUSTICE
THE FACE
SIGNAL RECEIVED
THE AVENGERS
THE SORCERER
THE TIGER

These VHS tapes are from various sources. Movies Unlimited, 16MM, Sci-Fi Channel, Local Independent Stations, etc....

I'm very pleased to have come across these again. Think I'll celebrate with a weekend long ONE STEP BEYOND marathon soon :)

Gary Banks
08-27-2007, 11:52 AM
Bill have you seen the 50 episode set from Mill Creek? I saw this at a Fred's for $8 and almost picked it up. Wasn't sure what the quality would be like though.

Bill Pissott
08-27-2007, 01:56 PM
Yeah, Gary I saw that. We've been talking about it in another OSB thread and it seems the quality is on par with basically just about anything else that is out there. Still, I've been tempted to get it because the price is so cheap for 50 episodes and because I'd at least get to be able to throw them in an DVD player at home. There are folks who have DVD-R's available of the entire series with nice packaging and artwork but for now, the price is too steep. Told the Wife that it would make a nice X-Mas gift :)

Gary Banks
08-27-2007, 02:53 PM
Thanks Bill. May pick that set up one of these days.

Bill Pissott
08-27-2007, 02:55 PM
You probably can't go wrong with it Gary. Though you could take advantage of this offer :)

http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=31891

Sorry. Had to do it :)

Bill Pissott
09-03-2007, 10:11 AM
Broke out the VHS tapes last night and had a ONE STEP BEYOND marathon with the family. Episodes we watched:

NIGHT OF APRIL 14TH
THE DAY THE WORLD WEPT: THE LINCOLN STORY
THE DEATH WALTZ
TIDAL WAVE
THE FACE
EARTHQUAKE
ANNIVERSARY OF A MURDER

Can't stress enough how good and how creepy these episodes are when watched in the proper frame of mind and when taken for what they were back in the late 50's and early 60's. One thing about these shows is that just about every episode has this uneasy, creepy feel to it. Like an uncomfortable dream you can't wake up from just yet. My family loves TIDAL WAVE. They watch that one over and over. For me, there is nothing more creepy in the OSB cannon then THE DEALTH WALTZ. That just chills me to the bone.

Gary Banks
09-14-2007, 04:06 PM
"Night Of April 14"
Episode 2, Season 1
Original Airdate of 1/27/59
Directed by John Newland
Starring Patrick Macnee and Barbara Lord

An episode that IMHO, epitomizes what One Step Beyond is all about. In April of 1912, a young bride to be has recurring nightmares of drowning in icy water. To her shock and surprise, she then finds out that her fiancee has booked them passage on the Titanic for their honeymoon.

Dark, brooding and atmospheric, this early episode features more then adequate acting, terrific writing by Collier Young and a fine directorial touch by John Newland. Fog bound and eerie, the episode's "psychic twist" occurs when it becomes clear that the bride to be's dreams were indeed a premonition but not entirely correct as it isn't she who perishes in the icy water but her fiancee.

The double kick here is host Newland's closing monologue which reveals the psychic twists that occured around the globe preceeding the disaster. For example a methodist minister in Canada who suddenly changes a hymn for that evening to #446, "Pray For Those Who Peril On The Sea" and a magazine cartoonist in Pennsylvania who sketches the specifics of the disaster as it happens. The real kick is a book Newland reveals which was written in 1898 about an ocean liner disaster. The book was called "Futility" and concerned a ship called "Titan" which was deemed unsinkable but struck an iceberg in April and sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

Rating: ***1/2


Thanks to Bill I've been able to start looking at this series myself. I'm going to chime in on the episodes I've seen and compare notes. At this point I've only watched a few episodes but I find it more accessible than Thriller, Outer Limits or Twilight Zone at this point. Great theme music by the way.

As far as this particular episode I don't like it as much as Bill does. It still is a worthwhile episode as the series was trying to get its legs under it. The couple were doomed from the start and that is very much a given due to ths subject matter. What adds to the flavor of this is as bill mentions, the eeire ESP emanations that others around the globe felt. In fact I wanted more focus on these people than on the doomed couple. But in a 25 minute running time you have to go with the leads.

5 out of 10

Gary Banks
09-14-2007, 04:18 PM
"The Vision"
Episode 10, Season 1
Original Airdate: 3/24/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Pernell Roberts and HM Wynant

Facinating tale set during World War I. On November 14, 1915, four French soldiers see a bright light in the sky. As a result, they abandon their posts and cease to fight. The soldiers are tried by their superiors for cowardice but each soldier continues to testify that they felt a sensation of peace and serenity after seeing the light. Their testimony is verified as reports come in from all sides in the war that a bright light did indeed appear when the soldiers claimed it did.

A real involving story featuring wonderful performances from the entire cast. Though this particular account has no record of ever happening during WWI, though it may have just not been recorded, there is an account of a strange occurance during the Vietnam War. Author Daniel Goleman tells of a strange instance where US forces were battling the Vietcong, exchanging heavy fire, when six monks walked through the battlefield. They didn't look right, they didn't look left. They walked straight through. It was strange because no one shot at them. After they walked out of view, both sides just quit. No one felt like fighting. This was later verified by a US soldier who fought that battle, David Busch.

Though it wasn't a strange bright light that spurred the ceasefire in this particular case, the reactions of the soldiers is identical to the soldiers reactions in "The Vision".

Rating: ***1/2

There have been variations on this story as Bill mentions. One of my favorites was a Twilight Zone comic story about a young private in WWI wanting the war to stop. Everything around his foxhole froze in time except for him. Of course he was dead and didn't know it but...

One thing that isn't mentioned is the fact that the soldiers didn't get a scratch as they walked away from a hellish firefight. That in itself would also strike an observer as odd and adds to the mystery. Seeing what they did in the flare/vision was not only "warm and fuzzy" but a tad creepy as well.

There is also a real sense of urgency and frustration in this episode as the court martial proceeds to doom the men. Only a twist of fate intervenes.

I give this one 8.5 out of 10.

Bill Pissott
09-14-2007, 04:55 PM
Thanks to Bill I've been able to start looking at this series myself. I'm going to chime in on the episodes I've seen and compare notes. At this point I've only watched a few episodes but I find it more accessible than Thriller, Outer Limits or Twilight Zone at this point. Great theme music by the way.

As far as this particular episode I don't like it as much as Bill does. It still is a worthwhile episode as the series was trying to get its legs under it. The couple were doomed from the start and that is very much a given due to ths subject matter. What adds to the flavor of this is as bill mentions, the eeire ESP emanations that others around the globe felt. In fact I wanted more focus on these people than on the doomed couple. But in a 25 minute running time you have to go with the leads.

5 out of 10


I think one of the things I liked most about this episode is that it "sets the tone" for the series, more so then the pilot, THE BRIDE POSSESSED. Here, OSB is on firm ground as it presents it's psychic twists and that alone is the blueprint for what this show is all about.

Bill Pissott
12-08-2007, 11:34 AM
I recently purchased the entire series of ONE STEP BEYOND on DVD from E-Bay and decided to start watching them again in order. I'll be posting more reviews/thoughts as I go along. Can either Tolch, Ace or Gargo sticky this thread for me so I don't have to search it out and it's easier to find? Thanks!

Bill Pissott
12-08-2007, 02:13 PM
"The Bride Possessed"
Episode 1, Season 1 (Pilot)
Original Airdate: 1/20/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Virginia Leith and Skip Homeier

Surreal, gripping tale of a new bride who, on her way to her honeymoon, inexplicably becomes possessed by the spirit of a girl who just committed suicide by jumping from a rocky cliff. Through the newly married young woman, the spirit tries to convince everyone that she was actually murdered setting off confusion, frustration and heartbreak for her new husband, the psychiatrist and the dead woman's mother.

This is actually the first time I have watched the first/pilot episode of OSB. I did see it many, many years ago but didn't remember much of it. From what I did remember, I didn't much care for it. Boy, was I wrong! This just may be the series most involving, dramatic and well acted half-hour. The story is solid and well written. The acting is top notch and Newland's direction is flawless. A truly brilliant episode that makes it quite clear why ABC gave the series a go after viewing the pilot. It's that good IMHO.

Rating: ****

Source: Barkview Entertainment DVD-R

Bill Pissott
12-08-2007, 02:19 PM
As a side note, I re-watched the "Night Of April 14th" episode and without a doubt, the Barkview Entertainment DVD-R copy of that episode is the best I have ever seen. I've watched that episode countless times from many other sources and those sources presented a copy that was almost impossible to watch during the night scenes on the Titanic. Way too dark to where you just couldn't see what was going on. The Barkview print was much, much brighter making the night scenes easily visible, allowing one to see things they didn't see before and and thus, makes the episode much more enjoyable then it already was. Well done!

mark t
12-08-2007, 03:09 PM
Stuck. It's a sticky day. :)

Bill Pissott
12-08-2007, 06:09 PM
You're a good man T! :)

Bill Pissott
12-08-2007, 07:12 PM
"Emergency Only"
Episode 3, Season 1
Original Airdate: 2/3/59
Directed By John Newland
Starring Lin McCarthy and Paula Raymond

A skeptic is given a series of predictions by a psychic at a New York cocktail party which details a series of pitfalls and potential dangers for the man as he travels from The Big Apple to Chicago.

A decent episode as director Newland shows how to build the tension as each minute passes. The one problem I had with the episode is how unlikeable the lead(McCarthy)is. Makes it difficult to get behind him and also makes you kind of wish everything that was predicted by the psychic comes true. Again, the tension can be felt but the ending seems a bit hokey and more in line of The Twilight Zone then OSB.

Rating: **

Source: Barkview Entertainment DVD-R

Bill Pissott
12-09-2007, 01:29 PM
"Twelve Hours To Live"
Episode 5, Season 1
Original Airdate: 2/17/59
Directed By: John Newland
Starring Jean Allison and Paul Richards

Dramatic, tension packed episode dealing with a bickering couple who have a nasty fight after a party. The husband goes storming off and drives away in the rain. As he rests his car atop a hillside to collect his thoughts, the driving rain loosens the earth beneath him causing his car to topple down the hill trapping him underneath in a rising puddle of water. His frantic wife tries to find him through telepathic cries of help from her husband despite the best efforts of the police to stand in her way.

First time I have seen this and it's a very good episode with an eerie ambience and lot's of dramatic turns. Jean Allison is two for two on OSB as her top notch performance rivals that of her turn in the infamous season three episode TIDAL WAVE. She is convincing, resiliant and tough as she stops at nothing to locate her husband while all the time hearing his pleas for help as he lies trapped under his car. Director Newland again shows a masterful touch behind the camera and in building tension. Harry Lubin's haunting score is featured prominantly in this episode. Very good!

Rating: ***1/2

Source: Barkview Entertainment DVD-R

Phil B.
12-09-2007, 02:14 PM
Thank you for this wonderful resource Bill P.
I recently purchased a 50 episode set from Mill Creek and look forward to reading your reviews as I go along.

Bill Pissott
12-09-2007, 02:37 PM
Thanks Phil. Enjoy. Be cautious though because, even though I try to avoid them, I can't promise that there won't be any spoilers :)

Hope you enjoy that Mill Creek set. I was going to watch these in order but I think I'm going to skip around eventually because there are still a handful of episodes I haven't seen yet and another handful I have but don't remember too well. I'm anxious to get to those.

Bill Pissott
12-09-2007, 02:50 PM
"The Devil's Laughter"
Episode 11, Season 1
Original Airdate: 3/31/59
Directed By: John Newland
Starring Alfred Ryder

A quirky "dramedy" about a condemned man sentenced to hang in 1895 London. After two tries in which the rope broke and the trap door wouldn't open, he is set free because he "suffered enough" only to meet his strange, preordained fate.

Though this was series host and director Newland's favorite episode and is highly regarded in John Kenneth Muir's indespensible book, AN ANALYTICAL GUIDE TO TELEVISION'S ONE STEP BEYOND, 1959-1961", it's one that I don't really care for. Again, it seems better suited to the quirky, twisty TWILIGHT ZONE instead of OSB. I found it to be a bit silly and I just couldn't get past lead Alfred Ryder's performance. I thought is was quite bad, quite over the top and quite hammy. I just couldn't get into it. A minor episode IMHO.

Rating: *

Source: Barkview Entertainment DVD-R

Bill Pissott
12-09-2007, 03:12 PM
"The Navigator"
Episode 13, Season 1
Original Airdate: 4/14/59
Directed By: John Newland
Starring Don Dubbins

Eerie, fog shrouded maritime story concerning a ship who's course is mysteriously changed. A search for the culprit nets a stowaway aboard the ship found soaking wet with a piece of chalk in his hand which was used to change the course. Due to this change, the ship stumbles across survivors of a vessel that struck an iceberg. Three survivors and one dead - the dead man was the same one found on the rescuing ship with the chalk in his hand!

Well done, mysterious and spooky episode set aboard the tight confines of a ship sailing the unknown that is the open sea. Lot's of atmosphere and strangeness make this one episode best viewed late at night with the lights out. Nicely done.

Rating ***

Source: Barkview Entertainment DVD-R

Phil B.
04-29-2008, 05:01 AM
"The Devil's Laughter"

I thought is was quite bad, quite over the top and quite hammy. I just couldn't get into it. A minor episode IMHO.

Rating: *

Source: Barkview Entertainment DVD-R

Agreed

Bill Pissott
04-29-2008, 07:51 PM
Damn. I forgot all about this thread :)

Jonathan Douglas
11-21-2008, 03:56 PM
And a great thread it is. I've gotten a renewed fondness for OSB, having become infatuated watched some episodes on liketelevision.com recently, now I better get me some of those seemingly endless DVD releases out there. I find the feel of it somehow 'creepier' and more intimate, than the very obviously bigger-budgeted TZ, or even TOL, those two shows are conceived lot more like (small) films. OSB feels almost like TV plays compared, with its I suppose limited studio setting, but this only increases the eeriness that otherwise would be more 'superficial' in expensive productions. I'm thinking one of these sets would be an ok starting point.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519r1XkZm5L._SL500_AA240_.jpghttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51T8THGY75L._SL500_AA240_.jpg

Bill Pissott
11-21-2008, 04:28 PM
Either one of those would be good starting points. I recently bought the entire series on DVD-R off of E-Bay. A bit pricey but something I had to do :)

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:35 AM
Since I don't have the desire to review episodes anymore, I thought I'd post some episodes that I uploaded to YouTube in this thread. Had to break them down in parts due to YouTube's time policy but hope you enjoy! :)

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:38 AM
This episode is a spooky little entry called THE DEATH WALTZ with Elizabeth Montgomery. I first saw this in 1972 as a 10 year old and it scared me witless! Still spooky late at night with the lights off. This is in 4 parts as I made it one of my NY Metro Area recreations.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:39 AM
edited.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:44 AM
This is a REAL actual event regarding the British warship HMS Hood. One of it's men turned out to be a fairly popular actor later on. Robin Hughes, who many may remember as the prisoner/satan in the TWILIGHT ZONE episode entitled THE HOWLING MAN, was a member of the HMS Hood and appears at the end of this OSB episode to chat briefly with John Newland. In 4 parts, this is SIGNAL RECEIVED.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:45 AM
edited.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:47 AM
This is a sentimental tale that, while not one of my favorites, seems to be a favorite among other OSB fans. In 3 parts this is GOODBYE GRANDPA.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:48 AM
edited.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:50 AM
Finally, one of my all-time favorites. A REAL, actual event that took place in May of 1960 and rushed into immediate production by OSB for it's third and final season. The person who actually experienced this event as dramatized in the episode appears at the conclusion with John Newland. In 3 parts, this is TIDAL WAVE.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:52 AM
edited.

Bill Pissott
02-12-2009, 11:53 AM
That's it for now though the possibility exists for more episodes being uploaded in the future :)

Bill Pissott
03-01-2009, 12:42 PM
Uploaded another episode this morning. Based on George Washington's visions in 1777. This is NIGHT OF DECISION.

Nick Schwartz
06-15-2009, 11:54 AM
Not to spoil the thread, but TV Shows on DVD is reporting that CBS/Paramount are putting out the first season of twenty-two episodes on September 15th. Finally, a legal release that's been cleaned up:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Step-Season-1/12104

Bill Pissott
06-15-2009, 12:01 PM
Nick, this isn't spoiling a thread, this is FANTASTIC news!!! Finally a legit release for this criminally underrated series!! I am stoked! Thanks for the news.

Ray Kanne
06-16-2009, 10:13 AM
I've never heard of this show before. I don't think they ever aired it over here. At least not in my lifetime. If it did air it somehow flew by my radar. From the mini reviews posted by Bill it sounds very interesting.

Bill Pissott
06-16-2009, 10:46 AM
Spooooooky :)

Mark Tay
06-25-2009, 11:25 PM
I can't wait for the official release of One Step Beyond season 1!!! I too never thought we would see a legit release for this great series. This was shot on film during the same era as Twilight Zone and just look at how great the image quality is on those Zone DVDs. Might we be so lucky as to finally see OSB in the same beautiful quality? Sept 15th can't come soon enough for me.

Bill Pissott
06-26-2009, 10:00 AM
That's also the one main thing I cannot wait to see. After decades of seeing these episodes in faulty quality, though it of course has it's charms, I'd like to get a peek at how they look cleaned up.

Steve R
06-26-2009, 10:48 AM
How do you rate the first season, compared to the others?

I've really been enjoying the Alfred Hitchcock TV series, so this one seems like a good follow up. The Hitch series seems to have stalled at season three though. I am so over familiar with Twilight Zone that these others are more fun to re-discover. However there are tons of epsodes I never saw

Bill Pissott
06-26-2009, 10:53 AM
While I think all three seasons are solid and all have memorable episodes, I would say that Season 1 is a must have. OSB really hit the ground running and put together some of it's most solid episodes in the early going.

Mark Tay
07-01-2009, 11:55 PM
Has anyone encountered episodes, besides those listed below, that circulate with the original "Alcoa Presents" opening and closing credits?

Night of April 14 (as seen on the Delta set and others)
Brainwave (as seen on the VCI set)
To Know The End (as seen on the VCI set)

Mark Tay
09-25-2009, 04:15 PM
My “Official First Season” DVD set arrived in yesterday’s mail. I watched the entire first disc last night and am happy to report that the quality is amazing. This official set blows away all of the various public domain DVD releases of this series. Episodes on this official release are uncut (finally!), even including Newland’s pitch for next week’s episode at the end of each show. Highly recommended.

Bill Pissott
09-25-2009, 05:41 PM
Thanks for the update. This is long awaited, great news to OSB fans.

Bill Pissott
11-08-2009, 07:25 PM
Here are my top 25 OSB episodes. Some spooky ones here. In no particular order:

NIGHT OF APRIL 14TH
EPILOGUE
THE DEAD PART OF THE HOUSE
THE VISION
THE BURNING GIRL
THE HAUNTED U-BOAT
ECHO
MESSAGE FROM CLARA
MAKE ME NOT A WITCH
EARTHQUAKE
THE DAY THE WORLD WEPT - THE LINCOLN STORY
VANISHING POINT
THE HAUNTING
THE EXPLORER
THE CLOWN
GYPSY
HOUSE OF THE DEAD
TIDAL WAVE
ANNIVERSARY OF A MURDER
THE DEATH WALTZ
IF YOU SEE SALLY
THE VOICE
TONIGHT AT 12:17
THE SACRED MUSHROOM
NIGHT OF DECISION

I think the first half of the third and final season was OSB's strongest.

Richard Carter
11-25-2009, 09:50 PM
This show didn't make much of an impression on me and I can only remember one episode:

a stain begins to show on a wall and every day the stain takes on a little more clarity until it begins to look like a face and scares the bejesus out of the man and woman who are living in the house