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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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11 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.

Jacey Jr.

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.

Jett Arnold

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.

John Lloyd

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.

Andy

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.

Bryan

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.

jpc

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.

Alec

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!

pooket

Sorry, but I'm in hysterics over all the judgement being bestowed on characters in a 40+-year-old radio play by some of the commenters here. Goodness, it seems several of you got the vapors over this episode. Did you have to recline on your fainting couch because your sensibilities were so overcome? My gosh, I wonder how some of you can possibly cope with real life. An interesting episode, I loved how sordid and naughty it was.

EmKay

This is just another weird episode by Elspeth Eric, where the listener isn't sure what she is trying to say in her story, and her characters are weird and almost not believable. I don't like Tessa either, lol! She is selfish and totally pathetic, as stated above, when she doesn't understand Adam's abilities and gets all scared and panicky about it, to the point of abandoning her own son! That's the worst part. The poor kid will probably grow up to have "mommy issues," and I'm sure Elspeth Eric would love to explore that, since she is a wanna-be psychologist, lol! I can understand why Tessa would want to leave Adam, the jerk, (not because of his powers, but because of his selfish attitude), but she thinks nothing of her child. This is a case where she would at least want to stay to take care of her son, and if she is so afraid of Adam, why wouldn't she want to take her son with her? WOW! (Btw, I've noticed that people's children are often mentioned in many episodes of the show, but they are often not in it, and they are treated like a mere afterthought, and they aren't important in the lives of their parents. SO why do they even write in the children if they are not going to be part of the story?) Back to the topic...Several people here expressed dislike toward Tessa's mother, but I think she is kind of a cool character. She thinks astral projection is interesting and she seems to get along with Adam much better than his own wife does, lol! Also, she knows how to put her foot down and handle him when she tried to make her ill, and the other evil stuff he does, etc. I think they would have made a better couple, despite their age difference, ha, ha! They seem to *get* each other on a deep level, so they should have been married. Tessa is so childish. As for Adam as a character, he is also a childish, self absorbed, truly selfish jerk, who loves Tessa in an obsessive, controlling sort of way. Adam and Tessa deserve each other.

Amy

Follow up....The most annoying part of the whole episode for me is when Tessa is talking to her mother about Adam leaving his body. It's annoying because the dialogue is so stilted and unreal, when she talks about how Adam's astral self is "not the flesh lying in her bed." Yikes! People don't really talk like that in everyday life! I know Elspeth Eric can do better than that. She has written some very good episodes, but when they are bad, they are VERY bad, lol!

Amy


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