Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.Fictional stories are told in this television series by The Hitchhiker. Each story is usually a mysterious thriller.
The stories are an uneven mixture. Some of them are pretty creepy, while others are more silly, and still others are downright stupid. Some of the best are "Man's Best Friend" with Michael O'Keefe, "WGOD" with Gary Busey, and "Face to Face" with Robert Vaugn and Sybil Danning in red lingerie (the better for Vaugn, playing a hedonistic plastic surgeon, to cut off with a scalpel so he can snort cocaine off her breasts). Both the good and bad episodes contain a lot of second-tier stars mercilessly chewing the scenery and sometimes each other (i.e. Vaugn and Danning). There's also some unusual appearances by European-based actors like Ornella Muti or Susan Anspach, or some actors who later went on to bigger things like Bill Paxton or Michael Madsen. If you look closely you'll also recognize some name directors in the credits like the Australian Philip Noyce back in his pre "Dead Calm", pre-Hollywood days.
The best way to see this series ironically is to buy the used, out-of-print VHS copies which mostly focus on the early seasons; the three US DVD compilations are totally random and have a pretty sorry good episode/lame episode ratio. The show was apparently Canadian and is also available there, but--buyer beware--the Canadian DVD seasons are completely different than the American ones (although I guess if you ARE Canadian you don't really need to beware). Not recommended for everybody, but you know who you are.
- Feb 6, 2008