Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog Episode 66

Can anyone help me out here? I’m looking for a lost episode of the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

I’m sure some of you remember. If you’re from the northern part of Virginia, and watched The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, you may have seen this. Some backstory first: I saw this when I was eight, and it's when I first recall seeing this episode. The number of said episode is 66 of season one (there was only one season) and was only aired in northern Virginia, as the broadcasting station had ignored the notice not to play the final episode of the bundle due to its extreme adult content. This was the station's choice, as it had purchased the syndication rights in its area, but it was later sued by concerned parents after several children were diagnosed with light neural hemorrhaging, causing severe nightmares and vomiting. Nobody was killed by viewing this episode, and older viewers seemed immune to the effects of whatever caused the bleeding, but needless to say a freeze was put on the production of the series and was hushed up on the news, and the show was replaced by the series named simply Sonic the Hedgehog.

I started my search for the episode after the nightmares from watching the show returned after 16 years. The nightmare was vivid; it contained visions of people in a long line, all of them clutching their faces in despair. The people in this line spread the full length of the street and had seemingly abandoned their cars (leaving the doors open) to join the others waiting. Everyone was deathly thin, naked, and when they spoke they did so in what sounded like reverse tongues, but not much was said in between the helpless sobs.

Everything had a dark red tone to it, like the sun was burning out at sunset, but never fully went down. Those that were not in the line littered the street, dead. I can’t recall much from the dream other than that. Some other details hinted at looting, things like a line of dead riot police and smashed windows, upturned cars and even a collapsed skyscraper in the distance, but those in the line payed no attention to this. They simply sobbed as the line shifted forward. The nightmare ended with one of the members of the line looking directly at me. He said nothing, but shifted to an unnatural pose, his arms bent at 45 degree angles and his legs spread into a box over the ground, his mouth agape. As he did this, the rest of the people in the line did the same, striking a slightly different twisted pose, all looking at me. I then awoke with tears in my eyes.

My first logical step to finding this lost episode was the station which originally aired it. There is nothing odd about the station- its old management had long since moved on, committed suicide, as the new manager pointed out to me. Over a cup of coffee, the new manager and I discussed the station's past. I intentionally eased into the subject of the lost episode, and as it turned out, I was right to do so. When I brought up the subject, John (as he will now be known), the manager literally spilled his coffee on his lap.

He told me that this subject was a personal one to him, and as it turns out, John was the original owner's son. He was kind enough to explain to me that the legal fees he was receiving, in conjunction with the mail he was receiving from children and parents alike, had pushed him too far and he had hung himself in the family kitchen. I was a little taken aback by this news, so I figured maybe I was digging too deep and decided to drop this madness and just call it a day, but before I could exit John’s office he told me that he would send me the mail, his reasoning… That he wanted me to know what happened. His curiosity was almost as deep as mine- not surprising, considering this episode killed his father. So I told him I’d take a look deeper into the subject and get back to him on anything I dug up.

The letters were as you would expect, angry mothers asking what kind of station would air this filth, legal fees ranging in the hundreds of thousands of dollars (enough to send any station broke in the 90’s) and of course drawing from children depicting scenes from the episode. Distinct things like the blood and the unusually dull colors that persisted throughout the episode. Horrible things, things like Robotnik vomiting blood and Tails crying over the corpse of a feathered, headless bird. But one letter caught my attention specifically. It was a letter from the studio which produced the series:

“Thank you for purchasing the rights to air Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (c) Sega 1993-1994 all rights reserved. Enclosed is the series list, episode descriptions, Episodes 1-66 the entirety of season 1 and legal information regarding ratings and air times.”
In poor hand writing, at the bottom of the page, a scrawled note was placed with the words “Episode 66 is not to be aired! This is a database error and contains corrupted material”. The initials JS followed. I set out to find this episode, but to no avail. My second plan was to ask the people who sent the angry letters about the episode about their take on it. Those who had not moved away since then gave me canned “I don’t know” or “Not this again” responses, but I did chance upon one man around my age who remembered and taped the episode. He invited me in and showed me his VHS copy of the episode. It was badly decayed from years of neglect in his garage, though, and the only bits I could make out were Tails screaming at Sonic, with tears in his eyes, “How could you, Sonic? What have you done!?” The rest of the episode on the tape was just static, the occasional scream and twisted figures, not animals or people but figures staring at viewer, their circular mouths and open black eyes emitting a slight screech. The tape sent chills up my spine and I asked if I could take the tape for research I was doing into the episode. He agreed quite readily and I promised to keep him updated, as well as John.

I took the tape back to John and we watched it up to about 15 minutes, when John just jumped back in his seat. He told me he saw the figure with black eyes, but it spoke for brief moment. John claimed that its lips moved, mouthing a word he though was “eternity”. We watched that same one second flash for what must have been thirty times, and each time we both attempted to freeze the frame on the figure, only to have it disappear when we did so. I called it a day there. We needed a better copy of this episode if we were to find out why this episode ended the entire series and caused me nightmares for much of my childhood.

Instead of traveling to France and talking to the animation studio, I gave them a call. They bluntly told me that there was no episode 66 and that 65 was the full season. Knowing this for a dead end, I called again from another phone and asked for the contact information of the voice actors. All of the information was out of date it seemed. The actors for Robotnik, Scratch, Grounder and Sonic all gave me “Number not in service” errors. However, I did manage to contact Christopher Evan Welch (the voice of Tails) and hook him for a fake interview about his roles in 90’s television. Chris turned up as you would expect, casual clothing, smile on his face, your average guy in his late 20’s. As he sat down I asked about some of his roles in bands and television and worked my way to Sonic. When I did get there, however, he got really quiet and evasive. I asked him specifically about episode 66 and halfway through taking a breath he just stopped. His pupils almost retracted into nothing, and he looked at me and told me that the episodes only go up to 65. Of course I knew better and asked him about his script talking to Sonic and what he had done. He grabbed his face, not in frustration but to wipe back his eyes, which were begging to well up. He took a deep breath and told me that the episode was written by Jeffrey Scott. He told me the usual- that he was always a nice man and was very patient with him as he read the script (being 11 at the time) but as the first season drew to a close, Jeffrey had become very angry with everyone, including 11 year old Chris. The voice actors for Robotnik and Sonic threatened to quit over his behavior, but the executive producer paid them both large sums of cash in hand right there to read from the script Jeffrey had written. Apparently Jeffrey had an order from high up, the top of Sega, or as far as Chris knew at the time, to produce this episode, listed as a business priority.

Chris explained to me how as they read the script he felt great sorrow and terror, as if he had lost a close friend or family member, or had seen them die before him. He told me of the scarring to his vocal chords from the screaming that was invoked by reading the script. He told me of the blood that leaked from the mouths of the actors of Robotnik and Sonic. The session ended with the security pulling the actors from the studio before they died in the process of recording from blood loss. His mother pulled him from the show the next day, fearing for his safety. I stopped the interview there and asked for a copy of the episode, but a copy was never sent back to the actors.

That is as far as I have come in the search for episode 66. I’ve heard that there may be a copy in the studio in France, but I have no way of getting there on my budget. But I know it exists and I know many more out there must have a VHS copy, so this is why I ask the Internet. Help me in my search.


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Story Title or Titles: Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog Episode 66
Original Source: 4chan image board
Date: Unknown. Posted by seisatsu at the Foundation wiki on 6 Mar 2010.
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Note included in original archive: I realized that I forgot to state that I DID NOT WRITE THIS. I deleted and recreated the page because the compliments were making me uncomfortable. This is a creepypasta that showed up on 4chan a while ago, and I thought that it definitely deserved a place in our archive. That is all.
-Seisatsu

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