A reprint of my review from January 30, 2015:
Police lieutenant George Miller notices that a series of violent events at a local museum are linked by a ceremonial robe being displayed there.
The Night of the Wolf was written especially for the Mystery Theater by Sam Dann, and starred Michael Tolan, Joan Shay, Evie Juster, Ken Harvey, and Russell Horton.
Not satisfied with the inappropriate native american appropriation he had done the night before, with the wretched, and wretchedly dull, Windandingo. Writer Sam Dann returns with yet another tale "inspired" by contemporary culture's appropriations of native american beliefs and practices.
The one compliment I can give The Night of the Wolf is that the story doesn't feature any offensive pidgin lingo getting passed off as a legitimate presentation of native american practices, or beliefs.
But a single improvement does not a good episode make. Especially when nothing else in the episode works all that well. This one's also a dog, I'm afraid.
The end of the first act tells the listener this episode is going to end on a tragic note. But it's a note that rings hollow, because Sam Dann populates his script with a cast of poorly developed characters that are unsympathetic, at best, or unlikeable, at worst. Not only is Detective Miller (Michael Tolan) an unsympathetic boor, but, with the lone exception of museum curator Polly Atkins (Evie Juster), all the other female characters are abusive nags and shrews.
Listening to Windandingo and The Night of the Wolf back to back reminded me why I had felt the need to take a break from my (almost) daily visits to the Mystery Theater.