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The Stranger - In Memory Alone

episode 3

UK 1993
produced by
BBV
directed by Bill Baggs
starring Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Nicholas Briggs
written by Nicholas Briggs, music by Harvey Summers, special effects by Crawford Wilson

featurette
Stranger

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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With no recollection of their past, the Stranger (Colin Baker) and Miss Brown (Nicola Bryant) wake up at a train station where something seems to be oddly wrong, somehow artificial, and even though he has no memories of his former self, the Stranger can't help it but starts investigating - and finds out they are in some kind of holographic alternate reality. But there's a robot after them ...

Eventually, the Stranger and Miss Brown make it to the conjurer of the whole illusion, a dead spacetrooper whose brain is kept alive in his containment suit that's directly linked to the computer that runs the whole place, and it turns out the whole trainstation was just a mundane alternate reality for the space soldier looking for normalcy besides his life as a space marine.

The Stranger detaches the dead spaceman from the computer, but since his containment suit keeps his vegetative system alive, he now becomes a killing machine, and to end the horror, the Stranger has to connect himself to the computer to put things right again ...

 

One of these (short) pieces of science fiction that keep you guessing for most of the time before bringing everything to an almost ridiculously convoluted but nevertheless in itself completely logical solution. And while expertly handled on a directorial level (especially considering the low budget at hand) and well-acted, it's somewhat disappointing that only little emphasis was put on the story's satirical undercurrents (a space soldier longing for the normalcy of waiting for a train), but on a whole, the whole thing works pretty well nevertheless.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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