Night Gallery season 2 episode 20: I’ll Never Leave You – Ever/There Aren’t Any More MacBanes

There aren’t many episodes left in season 2 of Night Gallery. With each new installment, I feel a pang of sadness, as only one season remains.

“I’ll Never Leave You — Ever” was directed by Daniel Haller and written by Jack Laird from a story by Rene Morris. It starts in the middle of lovemaking between Moragh (Lois Nettleton) and Ianto (John Saxon) and we quickly learn that she’s married to a dying man, Owen (Royal Dano), and the two wish that he would just take that turn for the worse so they could finally be together.

As she returns home, we can feel both her guilt and her disgust at the man she once loved slowly succumbing to illness. I don’t know if you can blame her for going to an old woman (Peggy Webber) and receives a doll that she can use to destroy her husband once and for all.

As you can imagine, nothing goes according to plan.

I loved that Laird actually concentrated on making an actually eerie story instead of a joke. Wow — it feels like more than one episode now that I’ve said something nice about him.

“There Aren’t Any More MacBanes” was directed by John Newland and written by Alvin Sapinsley from the story “By One, by Two and by Three” by Stephen Hall.

Bard College is celebrating graduation, which includes Elie Green (Darrell Larson), Mickey Standish (Barry Higgins) and — if he can pass his classes and earn his Master’s in Philosophy — Andrew MacBane (Joel Grey). Yet it may never happen, as the man paying his way, his Uncle Arthur (Howard Duff) is frustrated by his progress. He finally delivers a new rule: Andrew must find a job within six months or be completely cut off, not just for his stipend but for his inheritance.

Yet Andrew doesn’t care. He’s more concerned with discovering the ten pages that are missing from the spellbook of his ancestor Jedediah MacBane, who died after using a spell to murder his worst enemy, his best friend and his best friend’s wife — yes, three people, all at the same time — centuries ago. The friends laugh about this and plan to meet in six months.

As you can figure, Andrew doesn’t have a job in six months. Instead, his uncle soon is torn to pieces by something that seems like a wild animal. Mickey dies next as he works in Africa. And now, the creature is coming for Elie and, as you may have surmised, Andrew.

The messenger who delivers the letter for Elie? Mark Hamill.

This one has some real tension but the final reveal is laughable when it should terrify.

This is one of the few episodes I’ve seen where Rod Serling hostd and didn’t write anything. The stories are fine, but this show should be better than just simply good. It aspires to be great at times and when it just coasts, it feels like a waste.

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