It’s not an exaggeration for me to say that this show was a big defining point in my life. I didn’t realize at the time just how much so. It was so far ahead of its time, yet so much a part of the decade when it appeared, too. It was 80s all the way through, but transcended the 80s, too. Not the first example of the bloodthirsty werewolf portrayed as the hero—not the tragic hero common to all werewolf stories but the actual “good guy” of the series—WEREWOLF took the concept of THE INCREDIBLE HULK (and THE FUGITIVE before it), the wrongfully accused hero on the run, and introduced the “ticking clock” to it: if hero Eric Cord couldn’t find a cure to his curse in time, his werewolf nature would overpower him. While he retained enough of his consciousness when he transformed to refrain from killing, except for the bad guys, he would eventually become evil. It was the first time I’d ever experienced this approach to the telling of the story, that’s for sure. And since they had a hero werewolf, they had to have a heel, too, and oh what a heel they offered in Chuck Connors’s pirate werewolf Skorzeny.
I’d probably be more excited about the news that this show is finally getting an official release on DVD, a special six-disc set due out at the end of October, if I hadn’t already been in possession of a good bootleg transfer for some years now. Hypothetically.