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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 8) Sapphire & Steel
Assignment Two
"The Railway Station" Part 8
TV episode
Writer: P.J. Hammond
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Original air date: November 8, 1979


Steel's macabre plan comes to fruition.


Read the episode summary at the Sci Fi Freak Site or Watch it at Shout Factory


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode




spirit soldiers

fighter pilot (unnamed, spirit form)

Pvt. Sam Pearce (spirit form)

George Tully (dies in this episode)

the darkness


Didja Notice?


Twin Peaks note: The "darkness" here is said to feed on the resentment of the dead. Steel tells the dead Pvt. Pearce that if the other spirits arrive, the darkness will start it all over again, with Pearce first arriving, keeping everything in a loop so it can keep feeding. "You will arrive here again and will start to wait for the others. It's like a loop, a circle. It is feeding on you so it cannot let you go. Forever, Pearce. You'll never see those green fields or summer days. Forever. The same motions, the same actions, same circle." This sounds similar to the denizens of the Black Lodge feeding on pain and sorrow (garmonbozia) in Twin Peaks and the time intortion elements that occur in that series.


Steel tricks Tully into giving up his life to appease the darkness. Steel, already a morally ambiguous character, becomes even more so here.


Having dispelled the darkness from the railway station at the cost of Tully's life, Sapphire and Steel take their leave, each suddenly vanishing. Where is it they disappear to at the end of an assignment?


Memorable Dialog


we'll jump off at 11.mp3

havoc in high places.mp3

a ghost that has feelings.mp3


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