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Title:
Adam's Astral Self
Plot:
The ability to project his spiritual self to other places while asleep annoys Adam Farr's wife to no end. When she finally leaves him, he comes up with the perfect plan to woo her.
Episode:
0122
Air Dates:
First Run - July 23, 1974
Repeat - December 7, 1974
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9 Responses to Episode 0122


Adam Farr is able to project his "astral self" to other locales while asleep. This drives his wife crazy and she leaves him. But he has a plan to get her back.

Adam Farr is able to project his "astral self" to other locales while asleep which drives his wife nuts. She leaves him; but he has a plan to get her back.

A successful actor has the ability to transport his ‘astral body’ to any place, and does so as part of his job. His wife is uncomfortable with it and leaves him. He uses his powers to try to bring her back. While she is away, she meets another ordinary man and falls in love with him, but she can’t keep it secret from her husband with his special powers. Lots of potential but the story fell flat.

A woman breaks up with a spiritualist who threatens to use his telepathic powers to kill her new lover.

I'm not sure Adam was completely sane. I have a hard time judging him too harshly. I don't approve of murder, even in case of infidelity, but I'm not entirely sure he was consciously aware of what he was doing. Astral projection.

I hate Tessa. She is a selfish b@#*h! She is totally disrespectful and has no understanding in the vows she took. She leaves her son behind and was separated from her husband for short time and has already found a lover? I wish Adam fell on her.And I like her mother even less. The mother has no sense of values or how to instill them. I can't for the life of me understand why she didn't try to reunited her daughter and Adam. Or why she felt such loyalty towards her when Tessa reasoning was childish.

This one seems like an Elspeth Eric paint-by-numbers piece: take something out of the spook press (in this case, astral projection), prop it up with dubious "historical proof" ("Everybody knows about the Flying Monk!"), and build a 40 minute radio play around it. But it manages to aim a bit higher. The obvious, coarse flaws in both Adam and Tessa's characters actually make this one more interesting than it otherwise might have been. Tessa's dissatisfaction seems difficult to relate to, but so does Adam's destructive petulance. Still not good, but I'd recommend giving it a try to Eric auto-skippers.

I had many problems with this episode. The first is the sound effects at the beginning - wind sounds that continue the same amount even after a door is shut (is it blowing inside the house?), but this happened in many episodes. The second was the husband - sure he pines for his wife, but trying to make someone ill or injured to lure her back? That's not a good kind of love. Third was the wife - she's just "separated" from him and already meets someone and wants to go away with them leaving her son at home (we don't know anything about him, either, just that he exists). She's not the best wife nor mother. Finally, the mother-in-law - she is fine staying with her son-in-law to watch her grandson (which could be considered admirable), but is also fine when her daughter says in the few days she's been away she met someone and wants to leave with him (no mention of whether or not she'd take her son). Definitely not a family friendly story nor a very good one.

This has to be one of the WORST programs in the history of radio drama. The wife is the most self-absorbed, selfish people ever created. She leaves her husband and HER child because she's too pathetic to understand Adam's ability to leave his body. Then, after she goes to stay in a motel, she calls her mother and talks about a bunch of nonsense for 5 minutes before inquiring about the well-being of HER child. It's like her child is an inconvenience and an after thought. The whole episode revolves around her weakness and selfishness, but she never pays the price. This one has a really bad concept, and Elspeth Eric should've been fired for this piece of crap!

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