Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Classic Nick Wed. 7 – Into the Labyrinth

To begin our look at the Third Eye series this week I will start with my least favorite show, it is also the show that I remember the least about so I am posting the Synopsis straight from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

Synopsis – 
The series was based around the struggle of two timeless, feuding sorcerers – the noble Rothgo (Ron Moody) and the evil Belor (Pamela Salem). Each determined to obtain possession of the Nidus, a magical object of limitless power. The Nidus actually belonged to Rothgo and was the source of his power, but it was stolen by Belor who used her own magic to send it through time and space so that Rothgo would not be able to find it. Without the power of the Nidus, Rothgo would ultimately die.

The first two seasons followed a group of modern-day children (Phil, Helen and Terry) who find Rothgo, almost lifeless, in a labyrinthine cave. Rothgo sends the children through different periods of time to search for the Nidus, which is disguised as a different object in each time period and can only be seen in reflection.

The children arrive at various points of history (the French Revolution, Ancient Greece, English Civil War, etc.), however their attempts are constantly thwarted by Belor who also appears in each time period, and who uses her magic to hurl the Nidus further through time to prevent Rothgo and the children from obtaining it (using her magical incantation, "I deny you the Nidus!" as a bolt of lightning emanates from her fingertips).

Belor cannot actually touch the Nidus whilst Rothgo still lives, and so she can only hope to deny him possession of the artifact until he eventually dies. At the end of the first series, the children locate the Nidus (now in the shape of a sword) and finally manage to outwit Belor and return the Nidus to Rothgo, leaving Belor defeated.

Video/DVD Release

The first series was released on VHS (on two cassettes) in the 1980's. Network DVD released the complete series in a three-disc DVD box set on the 14th July 2008.

Ron Moody – Rothgo  (1981)
Pamela Salem – Belor
Simon Beal – Phil
Lisa Turner – Helen  (1981)
Simon Henderson – Terry  (1981)
Chris Harris – Lazlo  (1982)
Howard Goorney – Bran  (1982)

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