With a mere 20 episodes,
the 1974-1975 production of Kolchak: The Night Stalker eerily made several predictions of the future. Some, not seeing fruition for 40 years! This is another example of Kolchak being closer to science-fiction than camp horror. Read the 6 ways The Night Stalker predicted the future.
Smoking drugs and its effect on urban cities
In “The Spanish Moss Murders”, Kolchak interviews the basement superintendent about the hippie’s murder. He casually mentions “smokin’ cocaine”, something that haven’t entered modern vernacular until 1985 in an unnoticed article in The New York Times*. But the screenplay goes deeper than the delivery of a specific drug. It mentions how the city that “used to be somethin’” before plummeting into a crazy world of drugs, neglected kids, and gangs.
*citing Google Books search result
Once considered a weak episode, “Mr. R.I.N.G.” has become ever more prophetic with the passing years. Spinning a story of robotic or mechanical intelligence, it warns human aspirations of artificial intelligence comes with unintended consequences including yearning for independent and uncontrolled destiny from human masters.
Journalism’s decent into polemics
In “The Werewolf”, Paula Griffin opines how journalism is nothing more than controversies and arguments. Kolchak hits this prediction right on the head. If you don’t agree with me, then you don’t know what you’re talking about!
Chicago Cubs and the World Series
Kolchak was decades ahead of its time in “They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be”. In the seventies, there were heated debates which would happen first, visit from aliens or the Cubs returning to the World Series. The Cubs finally returned to the final, championship round in 2016 defeating the Cleveland Indians in 7 games.
In her attempt to revolutionize the mid-seventies, Madam Trevi introduces her vision of fashion. It includes capes and lots of feathers! “The Trevi Collection” saw the looming tidal wave of mainstream culture of cartoon T-shirts. Business will be brutal for Madam Trevi and anyone despising camp and kitch.
U.S. Air Force fighter pilots
It took another 40+ years, but Kolchak: The Night Stalker piece of fiction becomes reality when the U.S. Air Force has its first female fighter pilot. In “Legacy of Terror”, Capt. Timmons is nearly qualified for combat. Such a big event, INS considers an article to promote the historic event. (Links 404 over time)