Friday, October 21, 2011

Nightmares & Dreamscapes Ep. 01: Battleground (2006)

Nightmares & Dreamscapes Ep. 01: Battleground

Hitman Jason Renshaw (William Hurt) promptly disposes of his latest target, Hans Morris, the executive of a major toy manufacturer.  Another job successfully completed, he collects his cash and returns home.  But when he gets there, he finds a package waiting for him--an ammo box full of toy soldiers, those little green men that have been tortured and destroyed by young boys for decades.  They are, apparently, pretty pissed off about their lot in life, because they've brought some pretty heavy artillery, and they're shooting to kill.

Hitman versus toy soldiers may seem pretty far-fetched...and that's because it is; especially since no real explanation is given regarding their existence.  But if you're willing to suspend disbelief for an hour, you'll probably dig on this pilot episode as much as I did.

Hurt as Renshaw did a remarkable job, and there was some pretty great special effects and miniatures work.  Not what I would call scary by any stretch of the imagination (except maybe for that last surviving soldier; that cat was harsh), but a lot of clever action to keep you entertained.

One thing you should know about this episode, though, is that it would be a silent movie if there wasn't so much noise.  Meaning that there is NO dialogue whatsoever, just background noise and (eventually) a musical score.  It makes it pretty easy to get distracted at first, but once the real action kicks in, I doubt you'll even be glancing away from the screen.



  1. I liked this episode. I only caught the second half when it aired since my wife and I were coming back from a doctor appointment, but I thought it was fun. The story its based off of is a great one too. It had a few more details on the why of everythign if I remember correctly.

  2. This and "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" were by far the best eps of this short-lived series, imho.

  3. I wonder if they have this on Hulu. Your review makes me intrigued and eager to watch it. Thank J! :)

  4. The story King wrote all those years ago was obviously a homage to Richard Matheson's "Prey." That is evident when the stalking doll from Prey is show getting blown away in one of the scenes.

    King is the master, but all that he does flows back to Matheson.


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