Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - The Creatures Who Came on Sunday (1977)

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries

The Creatures Who Came on Sunday
In "The Creatures Who Came on Sunday" the Boys are driving their van across country to Las Vegas, but they decide to make a detour to Justice, New Mexico to check in on their old friend Bonnie who might be in trouble.  It seems Bonnie's boyfriend has disappeared, but no one in town is taking her story seriously.

 Bonnie is Run off the Road by a UFO
There are two reasons why nobody is taking Bonnie seriously:
  1. Bonnie thinks her boyfriend was abducted by aliens.
  2. Bonnie used to be a mental patient (but she got help and is much better now, thank you)
Bonnie is Ignored by the Sheriff
The Boys are split about what to do.  Joe wants to write her off as a kook, and continue on to Las Vegas.  Frank however, is willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, and convinces Joe to stay and investigate.  Joe and Frank are put under pressure from the local sheriff and a couple of federal agents to lay off the investigation and get out of town, but of course this has the opposite effect, convincing the brothers that there is a real mystery to solve.

Boys on the Road
Along the way, the Hardys encounter a lot of weird stuff.  Their van nearly gets run off the road by a UFO.  They discover an underground bunker full of people with bandaged faces.  They meet a pair of rifle-toting park rangers, who might actually be undercover military men or federal agents.  They meet a pair of federal agents, who might actually be mafia hitmen or foreign spies.

The Underground Bunker
Possibly the weirdest thing is when they discover a group of families in an isolated spot in the mountains playing baseball.  Frank asks someone what the score is, and is immediately treated with suspicion and marked as an intruder, because none of the people there actually know how to play baseball.  They are just going through the motions, imitating what they have seen other people do.  Creepy.

Strangers Pretend to Play Baseball
All of this weirdness with UFOs and government agents makes the episode play out like a low-rent version of the X-Files, although the episode concludes with the boys uncovering logical, non-alien related explanations for everything they encounter.  They do get in one final "maybe they are aliens after all" moment in, however, right before the screen freezes and the credits roll, making for a fun ending.

Watched by a Mysterious Man in Bandages

  • There's a cameo appearance in this episode from Tony Dow, famous for his role as Wally Cleaver in the 1950s sitcom Leave it to Beaver.  He plays the radar operator at the airport that the Hardy Boys talk to while they are investigating the UFO sightings.
"Gee, Beaver, there's no such thing as UFOs!"


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More Hardy Boys screencaps after the jump...

Justice, New Mexico

Mysterious Light in the Sky

New Mexico Sunset

A Barren New Mexico Road

Ranger Smith and Boo-Boo

Sheriff Buford T. Cletus

The Brothers Rub Their Shoulders Together

Driving in the Dark

In the Control Tower

Night Detective

"Hold Me, Frank, I'm Scared"

The Hardy Boys Break in to a Secret Military Installation
Justice Sheriff!  That's the Best Kind of Sheriff, If You Ask Me.

Alone in the Woods

Sleeping Man in Bandages

Looking for Clues

A Photo of Bonnie

Another Bandaged Man

Held Hostage

Drink the Kool-Aid

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