American Gothic, Episode "A Tree grows in Trinity" (Season 1, ep. 2)

Horror / Crime. The series (cancelled after one season), plays in the fictional town Trinity and features the sheriff, who is gifted with evil supernatural powers and uses them for murder and rape, and his opponent, the boy Caleb Temple. In this episode, Caleb seeks shelter in an an abandoned hunting lodge, and is shocked when he discovers a man kept prisoner inside.

 

 

 

 

Episode rating:

Solid display of the genre's ingredients, as there are: graveyards, blood-written scriptures and poltergeist effects.

Rating for Arnold:

Well, this was a mini appearance. He only appeared to die and could not even speak one word, but in those little scenes, he showed enough emotion to make this character 'alive'.

 

 

Fallen Angels, Episode "Fly Paper" (Season 2, ep. 13)

Neo-Noir / Crime. The series (running for two seasons from 1993-1995) plays between the end of World War II and the election of Kennedy for President and features various crime investigations in Los Angeles. In this episode, set in 1929, a private detective investigates the death of a wealthy heiress that was killed by poisonous fly paper.

 


 

 

 

Episode rating:

Interesting twists, but the best of this episode is the wonderful vitage feeling: the locations, lighting, the constantly smoking detectives, even the piano music-everithing fits. It is only a bit short with 30 minutes to evolve characters.

Rating for Arnold:

There was not much to do for his character (except to look good) and we don't get any background. But - hey! - he's a good guy in this one!

 

 

Nash Bridges, Pilot-Episode "Genesis"

Crime. The series (running for 6 seasons from 1996-2001) features the police department in San Francisco and it's special investigation unit. In this pilot the hero, played by Don Johnson, is on the hunt for some gangsters who stole computer chips and want to sell them to the Chinese. In the background, the hero`s two exwifes prepare emotional stress.

 

 

 

Episode rating:

Crime time without the special kick. And Don Johnson as "Mr. Super-Cool-Cop" sometimes acts as if he has swallowed some ecstasy-pills. At least for me, this pilot did not make appetite for more.

Rating for Arnold:

Mini-appearance, and of course some evil killer guy and ex-con.

 

 

Strange World, Pilote-Episode

Science-Fiction / Thriller. The theme of the series (only 13 episodes were produced) is about military investigations into criminal abuses of science and technology. The pilot tells, how the hero of the series, ex-soldier Paul Turner, gets infected by a bio-engineered virus during the war in Iraq. The following years he is kept alive by secretely delivered drugs. On one day, one of his old comrades is accused of having killed a little child. Investigating, Turner discovers an illegal embryo-breeding program for pharmaceutical research - the one that is used to produce the drugs he needs.

 

 

 

Episode rating:

Created an interesting start for the series, with a sinister conspiracy in the background and a big portion of military-critics. Good, that the hero is not a superman-type, but a desillusioned and moreover very sick veteran.

Rating for Arnold:

This was only a mini appearance, he could scowl into the crowd and prepare for shooting, that was all.

 

Strange World, Episode "Spirit Falls" (ep. 6)

 

Charmed, Season 2, Episode "Murphy's Luck"

Fantasy. The series features the adventures of three witch-sisters in modern times. In this episode, a young girl seems to be cursed with bad luck and tries to commit suicide. Prue, one of the 'Charmed'-sisters, rescues her. Soon it is discovered that a darklighter-demon is behind all this, but now he has already Prue in his grip. Her sisters hurry to rescue her and destroy the demon.

 

 

 

Episode rating:

Hurt & Comfort afternoon entertainment without much depth in every direction and of course a happy ending.

Rating for Arnold:

The portrayal of this dark demon compelling people to suicide reminds much of Imhotep from the "Mummy". He seems to have enjoyed this part and - considering the limits of this show, did a good job.