After two legitimately great episodes in “Dark Vengeance” and “Earth, Air, Fire and Water,” Circle of Fear (1973) falls back to Earth with a middling and lethargically-paced episode titled “Doorway to Death.”
While exploring the building, the children discover a vacant upstairs apartment, and a doorway that leads into a wintry landscape. There, they meet a strange man who likes to chop wood…as well as other things.
Now, he’s lonely and haunting the apartment, waiting to take a new bride. This back-story is told in tremendous detail, but then Nelson’s character just brushes it off cavalierly, without offering his own interpretation of the things that occurred. How, I wonder, can he justify his willful blindness? I mean, who else does he think bricked-up his daughter in the closet? It’s one thing not to believe in the supernatural. It’s another not to believe your own eyes.