Cool TV V

2 January, 2009
Rat Fink

However, the stomach flu is definitely *not* cool. Ugh. It’s been a long night. But hey, the show must go on.

Last night, before the nausea and other horrible things slammed me to the mat, I made a wonderful discovery: hulu.com has classic TV shows, in their entirety. How cool is that?

From 1967. I watched it faithfully.

I found every episode of The Time Tunnel, a series I watched faithfully when I was in the third grade or so (alas, the show only lasted one season).

Its premise centered around two scientists who run a government-funded laboratory beneath the Arizona desert, dedicated to the exploration of time travel. In the first episode, a senator comes to check on the facility to decide whether or not to pull its funding, because the scientists and military personnel stationed at the huge, futuristic lab have only sent animals into the tunnel — never to see them again.

Seven billion dollars in the hole, and in danger of being shut down, one of the scientists (Dr. Tony Newman, played by dreamy James Darren) decides to send himself through the tunnel to prove it can work on humans, and thereby save the project.

Then it all goes wrong.

Turns out, Tony is sent back in time all right, and he even arrives safely on the deck of a cruise ship. Only problem: the ship’s name is Titanic, and it’s the 14th of April, 1912. So the other scientist, for some inexplicable reason, gets dressed up in period clothing and tries to go after him to save him. Now they’re both trapped and can’t get back.

I thought it was tremendously cool back then, though. I loved all of Irwin Allen’s shows (Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea). They scared me, but had cute boys.

Anyway, check out these stills I pulled from the first episode:

Awesome set.
Awesome set.
Poor guys wore the same costume in every episode.
Poor guys wore the same costume in every episode.
Ever wonder where Robert Duvall got his start?
Ever wonder what kept Robert Duvall busy in the 60s?

OK, back to the sofa with me. But there’s one good thing — I thought today was Saturday. I have more weekend left to get over this thing before school starts Monday.

Fink out.

Stills credit: 20th Century Fox Corp.
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Meg
Meg
2 January, 2009 10:27 am

Aw, Fink, sorry to hear you are sick! I have been sick most of break. :\ Not the stomach flu, the popular soar throat and stuffy nose. Doc gave me some good stuff so I am gettin better.
Take it easy today, kid! *mwah*

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Rat Fink Reply:

Hey, thanks Meggy. I think the worst is over (it’s been interesting since 1:30 a.m.), so I should be on the mend.

Have fun at Polaris — color me jealous!

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Helen
Helen
2 January, 2009 1:01 pm

Blech. Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Lars and I were also sick : ( I hope you get to feeling better. I also wish that I couldve seen that show. I love the dreamy James Darren. Moondoggie!

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Rat Fink Reply:

Moondoggie indeed, Helen! And I’m sorry that you and Lars have been under the weather as well. It bites for sure. I’m on the other side of the nastiness now, thank goodness. I should be fine by tomorrow, and back at it.

Hope you have a great visit with your friend, luv!

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RD
RD
2 January, 2009 4:30 pm

Whoa, I just read that you’ve had a nasty bug invade your digestive system. I’m sorry that you’ve been sick. I hope, too, that the worst is past, and am glad that you have another day to recover before heading back to school. What a nasty way to end a vacation Speaking of The Time Tunnel, I have no memory of seeing that show. However, my parents were anti-TV when I was a kid, so I may have been deprived the opportunity to see it. But, come to think of it, when I was a kid TV hadn’t been invented… Read more »