Brimstone - The Final Six
(This letter was sent by Cyrus Vance, co-producer of the Brimstone TV series. He placed it on the
www.brimstonetv.com Message Board site. It is repeated here in its entirety.)
Hey, Kids. So as the final fate of Brimstone (at least as a network TV show) draws to a close,
Ethan and I wanted to leave everyone with the answer to a question that's been posed to us quite a
few times -- Fox initially ordered SIX more episodes of Brimstone, episodes which were in various
stages of preproduction before the plug was pulled -- WHAT WERE THOSE EPISODES? What happened to
Stone & Roz? What about Ash? Well, here goes...
- ep 14) RIVALS
- Shut down a mere three hours into production, episode 14 pitted Stone with two
dilemmas: an escaped damned Soul who is killing illegal immigrants and a beautiful kick-ass damned
woman, late of the Irish Republican Army, who the Devil has brought back in order to test Stone.
The Deal? Whoever sends this week's Damned Soul to Hell FIRST gets to stay on Earth and hunt the
down the rest of the 113 - whoever fails gets a one-way ticket back to Eternal Damnation! Zeke wins,
but not before getting somewhat PHYSICALLY involved with the IRA woman, who proves to be almost
his match in every way, shape & form.
- ep 15) DEADLINE
- An episode with a BACKWARDS structure. A Reporter shows up on the scene just in
time to witness Zeke sending a Damned Soul back to Hell, then tracks the story BACKWARDS in his attempt
to find Stone and find out what's up...
- ep 16) ANGEL
- Stone tracks down what he THINKS is a Damned Soul, but turns out instead to be a Rogue
Angel bored with heaven, desperate to taste everything life has to offer -- including Sex, Drugs, Rock
& Roll, and murder! Stone has to figure out how to trick the bad Angel into going back to Heaven --
with a little help from someone who 'aint the Devil and prompts the Devil into yelling at the Heaven's:
"He's working for me, not you!" Also in this episode, a mysterious woman shows up and starts asking
questions about Zeke Stone -- it's ROSALYN!
- ep 17: PARTNERS
- Stone tracks another Damned Soul, but this time the Devil shows up and wants to tag
along on Stone's investigation! This one's personal for ole' Lucifer, 'cause this is the one guy who
never broke, the one guy who never begged for mercy, who did his time in Hell defiantly, always telling
the Devil to F-off. Who is this tough-as-nails Damned Soul? None other than a meek, mild-mannered
CLERK who looks like he wouldn't hurt a fly! Lots of darkly comic antics with Stone showing the Devil
how to be a detective, etc. Also more on Roz tracking down the husband she was sure was dead...
- ep 18: INNOCENCE
- Stone tracks down a Damned Soul who turns out to be none other than one of his
relatives, a beloved Uncle from Stone's childhood who claims that he was innocent, that Somebody Up
There made a mistake! Stone embarks on a bizarre quest -- not to hunt down this week's Damned Soul --
but to try to clear him and find the real bad guy...
Anyhow, that was it, folks. The remaining never-produced Brimstone episodes. What might have been...Ah,
well, before I get all misty-eyed, another huge thank you to all the fans for following and supporting
this show for it's all-too-brief run. It's been a blast -- and rest assured Ethan & I will be
back with another show for another season (and maybe a feature film version of "BRIMSTONE").
- ep 19: BIRTHDAY
- The Season Finale. Maxine finds out that Stone's birthday is coming up and tries
to throw a party for her loneliest hotel guest. Problem is she can't find any friends or relatives,
except those that claim Zeke Stone has been dead for 15 years! Plus the return of ASH, the return of
Zeke's CAT and a stunning cliff-hanger: Max brings a a special, suprise guest to Zeke's
Birthday Party -- a guest whose arrival was to serve as our season-ending finale -- his wife,
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- NEW!! "Unknown"
- Steve's Note: A writing associate of mine, B.D. Flory, mentioned he had submitted a script that would have featured
Doc Holliday as the Escapee of the Week. In his lifetime, Holliday was purportedly afraid of death because he was dying
of tuberculosis. Stone is able to beat him because this time Holliday does have something to fear: being "killed" and
sent back to Hell.