Lately, I've been watching old Columbo episodes, and I made a comment on Twitter this weekend that made blogger buddy Snell exclaim that I had created a new kind of fanfic. That's as maybe, but I think you'll have to admit the 1971 pilot episode, "Ransom for a Dead Man", is directed just like a Kolchak: The Night Stalker episode! The murder itself is some spooky stuff! Look!
This was at least a year before Carl Kolchak made it to TV screens, but something was obviously in the air in the early 70s, something dark and creepy, something that only self-professed pests could handle. Columbo and Kolchak... would they become fast friends or annoy each other to early graves? YOU MAKE THE CALL.
(And no, Darren McGavin never appeared in a Columbo mystery. Too bad.)