Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tales From The Cryptkeeper S2 Ep.03: Avenging Phantom/Myth Conceptions (1994)

Tales From The Cryptkeeper
Season 2, Episode 03
The Avenging Phantom/Myth Conceptions

The Cryptkeeper's shadow play is interrupted by the Vaultkeeper, and they engage in a little un-friendly competition before Crypty introduces his story The Avenging Phantom.

Jimmy is way too old to be afraid of the dark, at least according to his older sister. In fact, he seems to be afraid of everything, probably because he's constantly harassed and mistreated by those around him. But when his wish for a protector comes true, he gets more than he bargained for.

It's more about conquering fear than the dangers of vengeance, and it's a pretty weak story with a lot of disconnect.

Luckily the Cryptkeeper has a second tale up his sleeve, this one called Myth Conceptions.

An archaeologist is on a dig in Greece, seeking out the golden shield of Perseus from the ancient myth of Medusa. He finds proof that it was more than just a myth when he stumbles into her fabled temple, and steals the shield with obvious diabolical intent. Too bad that means Medusa was real, too.

It's nice to see them pulling from the rich tapestry of mythology, and I really enjoyed the brief retelling of the legend. Unfortunately the rest of the episode seemed rushed, part of a double feature as it is.


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