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When a man discovers the secret of the wind, it tries to absorb him to protect itself from his knowledge.

Episode Info


Episode number: 4x4
Airdate: Friday July 28th, 1989

Director: Grahame McLean
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


Guest Stars
Michael SarrazinMichael Sarrazin
As John Colt
Recurring
Ray HenwoodRay Henwood
As Herb Thompson

Co-Guest Stars
Vivienne LaboneVivienne Labone
As Susanne Thompson
Keith Richardson (1)Keith Richardson (1)
As Keith Parkinson
Anne LaceyAnne Lacey
As Anne Parkinson
Main Cast

Recap

John Colt is working at home as the wind blows outside. When Colt notices, he goes to the window and the breeze dies down. He shuts the window anyway and looks nervously outside. He then goes back to work, poring over weather charts and maps. A sudden wind disturbs his papers and Colt addresses someone, saying that he knows they are there. He goes to the phone and calls his friend, Herb Thompson. Herb is having a bridge party with his wife and another couple. Colt hears the wind and looks around nervously, and then asks Herb come over. Herb says that he can't because of the party as Colt notices the wind blowing beneath the door. Herb invites him over but Colt insists he doesn't want to get him hurt by involving him...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Wind". This story was first published in Weird Tales (March 1943).



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Alan BroadbentFurther Down the Road 
Martin WinchGuitar Calypso 


Episode Quotes
Host: Clocks, hourglasses, barometers. Who has not lain on his back and wondered where the weather was born, and how it traveled, and why along the way it sometimes ate people alive. And then again late nights doesn't the wind outside your house scratch at your screen like a cat needing to be fed. And what then? Do you let the wind in, and what happens if you do?

John Colt: This tape's for you, Herb. If you find it. Herb, you know I've studied the wind, recorded its violence, all of my working life. The great storm here in New Zealand in '68. Hurricane Gina in the Fijis. Right up to the most recent Gilbert in the Caribbean. Massive devastation. I've followed the weather everywhere. And now... the weather's following me.

John Colt: In Tibet, I climbed up into the mountains, to the Valley of the Winds. The place where the winds gathered to plan their destruction. It was a vast evil mountain, hard, bony rock. Blasphemy to touch. I touched it. I climbed 7,000 feet to see what I should never have seen. It was terrifying. Not one wind, but hundreds. I hid in a cave, hearing the sound. But I sensed too much.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* Allin in the short story is renamed John Colt in the episode.
* The story takes place entirely from Thompson's point of view. Everything that happens to Allin is related second-hand over the telephone, and Thompson only has his friend's word as to what is going on. The TV adaptation shows everything that happens to John, subtly changing the emphasis in the story. In the episode it's made clear that the wind is out to get John, while in the story it is not clear if he's delusional.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerGrahame McLean  |  Jonathan Goodwill
EditorJohn Gilbert (2)
CastingFrances Walsh  |  Susan Forrest  |  Mary Ann Barton
Line ProducerNarelle Barsby
First Assistant DirectorBrian Wickstead
Second Assistant DirectorCharlie Haskell
MusicMichelle Scullion
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripDennis Thompson
Location ManagerJonathan Tapley
Property MasterKirsty Clayton
Production CoordinatorNicky Saggers
GafferNeil Taylor  |  Brendan Shadbolt
Director of PhotographyRichard Bluck
Production SecretaryLesley Turner
Art DirectorMatt Murphy (2)
Post Production CoordinatorJohannes Konigstorfer  |  John Harcourt
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorKit Rollings
Dubbing MixerMike Hedges  |  Chris Verburg
Sound RecordistKen Saville
Boom OperatorKim Shaw-Williams
Production AccountantAnne Marie Cormier  |  George Wilson (2)
Assistant Film EditorMorgan Reid
ContinuityPat Robins
Construction ManagerRobbo Outterside
Wardrobe SupervisorNancy Seaton
Assistant GripDeane Cronin
Scenic ArtistDave Cleary
Costume AssistantJane Woodhill
Legal AdvisorLon J. Hall
1st Camera AssistantCameron McLean
Assistant Script EditorPenelope Sinclair
 
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