The lure of space aliens and ghosts will likely pull in a respectable audience share for this latest special, which tells three stories of incredible events.

The lure of space aliens and ghosts will likely pull in a respectable audience share for this latest special, which tells three stories of incredible events.

The first and most interesting concerns wheat fields around the world, where there have been an increasing number of sightings of the crop circles phenomenon.

Crop circles are patterns that are literally being woven into wheat fields, consisting of geometric shapes–lines, circles–that have baffled investigators for the past several years.

As this special relates, it’s beginning to happen in fields in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, leading many to believe it’s a message from outer-space visitors. There are numerous aerial views of the varying crop circles shown here , with a re-created dramatic presentation of one scientist’s search to discover the origin of these events.

The second story concerns one man’s visit to a medium, in which he finds a group of his dead airman comrades from World War II there to send him a message. The story mixes testimony from the man, Trevor Ford, with a dramatic re-creation of the visit with the medium, including the ghostly apparitions. It blends to make an interesting story.

The third story is the least interesting. It concerns a Frenchman’s spotting of a UFO, which lands in his onion bed and leaves a big indentation in the earth. Even the dramatic re-creation fails to enliven this rather boring yarn.

Directed by Gilbert Shilton, with exec producers Mark Victor and Michael Grais scripting, the show moves along at a timely pace, taking time to make the most of posing those obvious, unanswerable questions. Is Earth being visited by aliens and ghosts? Are they sending us a message? Will audiences keep tuning in untilwe know the answers?

Visitors from the Unknown

(Fri. (14), 8-9 p.m., CBS-TV)

Production

A Victor and Grais Entertainment production in association with Grant Tribune. Exec producers, Mark Victor, Michael Grais; producer, Sharron Gayle; director, Gilbert Shilton; writers, Mark Victor, Michael Grais.

Crew

Camera, Jamie Thompson; music, Ross Vannelli; editors, Suzanne Mitus-Uribe, Charlie Randazzo, Will Kaplan; production designer, Sherman Williams.

Cast

Host: Martin Landau.
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