The Changeling is one of those episodes that I remember from when I was a kid, and it's so unusual that I wondered if it was exactly the way I remembered. Was there really a Waltons episide about a poltergeist??
So when INSP began showing all of the episodes, in order, I was waiting for this one in particular. I consulted my Goodnight, John-Boy book to see exactly when it would show....and it never was shown! It seems that INSP skipped right over it.
I know that INSP is very careful about what the will show. I see lots of words being muted out, and I imagine it's because it doesn't fit in with their religious programming. But is it possible that they just decided not to show this one?
Post by camballogirl on Jun 10, 2011 15:22:15 GMT -5
In addition to it showing on INSP, it is also on the Hallmark Channel and GMC (Gospel Music Channel), so I watch it on all of them. Anywho...I did see the very end of "The Changeling," and indeed, it seemed there was a poltergeist, apparently brought on by Elizabeth's adolescence. I sure thought it was out of character for the show, which also had an episode with a (pronounced wee-gee) board. In that one, Olivia was in total denial about a spiritual visit. It was against her strong Baptist faith. I really want to know why that episode was made. Did Hamner have or know someone who had an experience like that? I mean, windows were going up and down, the piano was playing by itself, the lights went out, the wind picked up and blew like a storm through the house. It was a WEIRD Waltons epi, but I still want to see the whole thing.
I've seen the whole episode! (It's from Season 7 if you didn't know) I know this episode is almost universally hated amongst Waltons fans for being such a weird episode, but I, for one, think it's quite enjoyable to see the characters in a situation you'd never expect to see them in!
Post by lovewaltons on Aug 13, 2011 9:29:18 GMT -5
Everyone was fascinated by the Amityville Horror in the late 70s. I wouldn't be to surprised if that is the reason why The Changeling Episode was created. There are a lot of similarities between the two.
I'm so excited, I just saw The Changeling today for the first time ever. It was on the Hallmark Channel (not on the Inspiration Channel.) I had never seen it before but I was looking out for it because of the things I had read about it on this post. You are right, It was pretty weird for an episode of the Waltons. It didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the show to have them all running around while the lights went out and the windows wouldn't close and the piano was playing by itself and somehow the whole thing is because Elizabeth doesn't want to grow up?!!
I saw it over the weekend, too.... for the first time, I believe, at least don't remember it. CREEPY. Although it was probably not universally accepted very well, I still applaud writers for going "outside the box" here and there. Always good to stretch a bit, just in case something wonderful pops up (or falls off the mantel ;D)
Post by jasonpendleton on Nov 26, 2011 9:57:30 GMT -5
I also am of the opinion that The Changeling didn't fit and probably shouldn't have been made. I think we should remember, though, that it aired on October 26th and was a "Halloween" episode. Therefore, in it's original context it was probably viewed as more "fantastical" than an authentic Walton occurrence.
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I kind of think that it was intended to be an episode that never really happened. In a later episode Elizabeth is talking about ghosts with Erin (I think, it may have been somebody else) and she says she doesn't believe in them, even though they're quite overtly real in The Changeling.