"SEPULCHRE OF THE UNDEAD"
Written by Myla Lichtman
Directed by Sutton Roley
Dracula asks Mary to meet him at the Arriba bar. "Arriba" is a
Spanish exclamation of approval or elation.
At the bar, Dracula entertains the patrons with fantastic piano
playing. An old man asks him to play "Moscow Nights". "Moscow
Nights" is a Russian song originally titled "Leningrad Nights"
written in 1955. Later, the Soviet Ministry of Culture produced
a modified version called "Evenings at Moscow Riverside" which
has become popular in the West as "Moscow Nights".
A barfly asks Dracula to play "Peg o' My Heart", a 1913 song
written for the musical play Ziegfeld Follies. The
lyrics are quite simple:
Peg O' my heart, I love you
Don't let us part, I love you
I always knew, it would be you
Since I heard your lilting laughter
It's your Irish heart I'm after,
Peg O' my heart, your glances
Make my heart say "How's chances?"
Come, be my own; come, make your home in my heart.
As Mary walks into the bar, Dracula is playing "As Time Goes By"
by Herman Hupfeld (1931). It is best known as Rick and Ilsa's
song in the 1942 classic film Casablanca. When he spies
Mary sitting down, he changes the tune he's playing and, though
the music is familiar, I can't place the title; it sounds like a
classical music piece.
Dracula's minions drug Kurt outside the bar and drag him into a
museum, where they entomb him in a stone sarcophagus in the
Thebes exhibit (the ancient Egyptian city). But how did they get
in there? It's the middle of the night! Is the museum owned by
This week's cliffhanger: Kurt is drugged and
entombed in a stone sarcophagus in a museum exhibit!
Don't miss Chapter XI: THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
"ATTACK OF THE PHANTOM RIDERS"
Written by David Carren
Directed by Tony LoBianco
There are constant overhead announcements in Chimera throughout
the chapters of The Secret Empire. The one at 24:56 in
the episode is amusing: "Cancellation notice. Cancellation
notice. There will be no meeting of the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Subforms. This meeting has been
canceled due to lack of interest." (In Episode 4, Maya referred
to Taz as a subform.)
This week's cliffhanger: Donner and Millie are seemingly
crushed by a collapsing water tower!
Don't miss Chapter 8: SIZZLING THREAT
As it begins, this chapter is mistakenly labeled Chapter Seven.
The words "Chapter Seven" are also in a
different font than previously used. At the end of the chapter,
the teaser advertises Chapter Eight instead of Seven (though at
least the font is back to normal!).
This week's cliffhanger: Susan and Jack's car is run off the
docks into the ocean, sinking to a watery grave!
Don't miss Chapter Seven: CAULDRON OF FIRE