When his beloved's father demands that his daughter only marry a hunter, clerk William Berger is compelled to make and use enchanted bullets, so that he can become a crack shot.
The Fatal Marksman was written especially for the Mystery Theater by Ian Martin, and starred Michael Wager, Suzanne Grossman, Ian Martin, Bryna Raeburn, and William Johnstone.
This gothic tale of terror ends tragically, of course. How could it not?
What's that you say? Spoilers!?!
Now that we are well over half way through the first year of the Mystery Theater's nine year run, (Only 1,259 episodes left for me to review!) and the show's format and story style have been "perfected" and locked in. I think that, even "way back" in 1974, the most naive of new listeners would have been screaming "Don't do it!" at their radio speakers, because they would have known Something Bad was sure to happen. Hell, the title of the episode let's the listener know that Something Bad is going to happen.
That being said, I think, for an easy to second guess Morality Fable, The Fatal Marksman is atmospheric enough, and hits its familiar story beats well enough, that it doesn't feel like a complete waste of time and effort. Damning with faint praise, I know, but, by this time, any frequent listener should be resigned to the fact that not every episode of the Mystery Theater was going to be unpredictable or surprising.