Abbott, Marsha Hunt, Joanna Frank, Booth Colman.
A queen bee transforms into a woman, with the intent of mating with
a male scientist.
The "buzz" on this episode is pretty good. Check
out Joanna Frank, who is impressive as the queen bee who becomes
a woman. Fans of TV's, "The FBI," will appreciate Philip
Abbott's solid performance as a bee expert.
A Queen bee transforms into a beautiful, young woman who mysteriously
appears in the garden of a bee scientist. The scientist is quite pleased,
as he needs an assistant in his work. His wife, on the other hand,
is not thrilled, since the new assistant will be living in their house.
The bee woman wants to mate with the scientist. His wife gets jealous.
The scientist's wife dies from multiple bee stings. In a struggle
with the husband, the bee woman accidentally falls off a balcony.
She transforms back into a bee and flies away.
Director John Brahm's, "Z Z Z Z Z, "
is a hummdinger of a Sci-Fi episode.
Philip Abbott ("The FBI") is persuasive as the dedicated
bee man. His sincerity and credibility helps sell what could have
been a thoroughly silly episode.
Joanna Frank is dazzling as Regina, the queen bee/human. Her delivery
on lines like, "You have an orderly, organized mind. That compensates
for your tie and fingernails", is tart and teasing.
Marsha Hunt lends strong support as Abbott's wife. The shocked look
on her face, when she sees Regina (Frank) transform into a bee in
the garden late at night, is quite convincing.
An early scene, depicting Frank's transformation from a bee into human
form, is not done very well. Project Unlimited Inc., and the Optical
Effects Unit take the blame.
My favorite scene depicts Regina/Frank in the garden at night, going
from flower to flower, licking off pollen. The scene is both bizarre
Director of Photography, Conrad Hall, does strong work here. Particularly
good is a shot of Frank, her reflection seen on a glass-walled bee
enclosure as they swarm about.
The music, primarily utilizing violin and harp, is an effective mood
builder. Dominic Frontiere is the responsible party.
Z Z Z Z Z should be fairly watchable for most Sci-Fi viewers. Bee
enthusiasts will get a real buzzzz out of this one! Z Z Z Z Z won't
put you to sleep!
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