The Third Eye (1983 series)

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Title screen of Children of the Stones, one of the serials presented as part of The Third Eye (1983 series)...

Summary

"Somewhere in the crowd... sometimes you find someone very special. Someone who hears the unheard. Someone who understands the mystery. Sometimes, there's someone who sees with the third eye!" The Third Eye was a miniseries that aired on Nickelodeon in the early 1980s, consisting of a handful of serials made (and previously released) in Britain and New Zealand. The unifying theme of the show (and hence the name of the title, and opening montage sequence) was that of children with psychic powers.

  • "The Haunting of Cassie Palmer" (1981)
  • "Under the Mountain" (1982)
  • "Children of the Stones" (1977)
  • "Into the Labyrinth" (1981)
  • "The Witches and the Grinnygog" (1983)


Details

  • Release Date: 1983 (made from serials originally released in 1977, 1981, 1982, and 1983)
  • Country/Language: UK/New Zealand/US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Family, Anthology
  • Runtime: (apparently formatted for a 30-minute(?) commercial television slot)
  • Starring: (various)
  • Director: (various)
  • Writer: (various)
  • Producer/Production Co: Nickelodeon, Harlech Television (HTV), HTV West, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), TVS Television,
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB: (Haunting of Cassie Palmer), (Under the Mountain), (Children of the Stones), (Into the Labyrith), (The Witches and the Grinnygog)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to a TV-PG for mild Violence)

Generally "kid-friendly", but note that at least one of the anthologized serials ("Children of the Stones") has been referred to as "the scariest programme ever made for children".

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Generally not very "Lovecraftian", though there are some disparate elements from the different stories that wouldn't be incompatible with Lovecraft's universe: ancient and buried secrets, sinister mysteries, witches and sorcerers, aliens, standing stones, the blending of science and the supernatural, intrusions upon this world from other times and places and dimensions, psychic journeys through space and time, and apparently a suitably dark and ethereal atmosphere in a couple of the serials.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

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Synopses

  • "Children of the Stones" - The adventures of the young, psychic son of an astrophysicist after they arrive in a small village built in the midst of a megalithic stone circle, under the influence of a "time circle" and "psychic bubble".
  • "The Haunting of Cassie Palmer" - A young girl, a seventh child of a seventh child, begins to manifest psychic abilities in spite of her desire not to. After her mother, who makes a living as a psychic, is revealed as a fraud and is threatened with prosecution, the girl tries to help by attempting to summon a harmless spirit, but instead conjures the dark and threatening spirit of "Mr. Deverill".
  • "Into the Labyrinth" - Three children are lent psychic powers by a sorcerer and sent into a labyrinth on a quest through time to free prisoners held by the sorcerer's evil counterpart. (Only the first of three seasons/stories of this serial were broadcast on Nickelodeon.)
  • "Under the Mountain" - Two young twins with limited telepathic abilities, an alien called "Mr. Jones", and a pair of sentient stones in a parallel world join together to defeat an evil alien living under a mountain.
  • "The Witches and the Grinnygog" - An ancient English church is moved to a new site but one stone - a strange statue called the Grinnygog - is found to be missing; its accidental rediscovery leads a group of children to solve a mystery and make amends for an ancient injustice.


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