4 Acts + 1 Epilog = Must-See Drama

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From September 17, 1963 – August 29, 1967, TV viewers tuned in Tuesday evenings to watch an ABC network offering that, in this man’s opinion, was (still is) the best written and most captivating, crime drama ever aired.

For the first few seasons, its 10 to 11p.m. slot was way past my bedtime. But, eventually, as a teen, I got to join that vast audience; among them, my own mother, who never missed an episode. I could easily understand what inspired such loyalty. Who, among us, could not feel instant empathy for the protagonist; as introduced by the program’s narrator…

“The Fugitive, a QM Production … starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent victim of blind justice. Falsely convicted for the murder of his wife … reprieved by fate when a train wreck freed him en route to the death house … freed him to hide in lonely desperation … to change his identity … to toil at many jobs … freed him to search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime … freed him to run before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture.”

William Conrad

Granted, series creator Roy Huggins’ premise would’ve been rapidly shot down had the program debuted, today. Indeed, the anonymity, so vital to Kimble being able to “fly” beneath Police Lieutenant Philip Gerard’s radar, would’ve been rendered virtually impossible by the speed of light Internet, 24/7 news reportage, social media and, last but not least, post 9-11’s, ubiquitous, intrusive security cams, facial recognition tech, etc.

Additionally, had rail travel been in decline, as it is today, the freight trains would not have been Kimble’s oft chosen mode of travel / means of flight. Indeed, the very train wreck that had granted him a new lease on life, would’ve never happened, in the first place. As for today’s commercial airlines? Forget it! He would’ve never even dared to cross paths with uncompromising TSA personnel.

Beyond that, I must credit The Fugitive’s, innocent-man-sentenced-to-death theme for playing a significant role in establishing my staunch, anti-capital punishment sentiments.

Scant hours ago, the MeTV network aired an episode featuring a classic Kimble / Gerard interaction; one that was so clever, my first reaction was to find it on YouTube and offer you the link.

Considering how most of us are still idled / social isolating, anyway, this clip will provide some welcome relief from the monotony. Once you get wrapped up in Richard Kimble’s world, the 52 minute playback time will fly by. However, there’s a much better reason to watch.

I believe you’ll find the subplots uplifting. They showcase Kimble’s worldliness, which makes it second nature for him to befriend his Apache coworkers. And, in the end, it’ll be these Native Americans’ bilingualism; the utilization of their native tongue that’ll provide an unexpected twist to the storyline.

Also, the good doctor’s compassionate nature, will prove invaluable as he performs some figurative surgery. In the end, he’ll heal a thick-skinned, mean-spirited, tightfisted U.S. Congresswoman; help her reclaim her own heart.

Without further ado, I’ll now bid you, “Adieu” and invite you to click over to YouTube to watch an intriguing installment of The Fugitive, the episode titled: The Iron Maiden.

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TrumPence-20: The Real Disease!

 

Subtitle: Is There a Dr. Fauci in the House?

Am I the only one who notices the striking resemblance to two diseased, notorious villains?

Cast of Characters

John Doe ~ Congested Mr. Hubby
Jane Doe ~ Lifesaver Dr. Wife
Donny ~ (sickly orange) Nasal Sweller
Mikey ~ (washed out green) BoogerMan

 

 

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On this day 09/13/1999…

From 1975-77, Silvia and Gerry Anderson’s big budget, Space: 1999 was the place for TV viewers… I among them… to witness episodic Sci-Fi adventure, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since Gene Roddenberry’s 1966-69 Star Trek got photon torpedoed by the non-visionary NBC execs, who could not see beyond their network’s bottom line.

Not familiar with the Anderson’s drama? You MIGHT opt to read all about it by clicking SPOILER ALERT.

I’ve titled the link in this manner to benefit the people, who might opt to view Space: 1999’s debut episode, below. Hey, while many of us are still hunkering down in our homes to avoid COVID-19, this is not a bad way to while away the next 51 minutes.

For me, this series’ draw… beyond the Sci-Fi adventure… was to, once again, see its three big-name stars back in action, namely, Mission Impossible’s Martin Landau and Barbara Bain and The Fugitive’s Barry Morse.

To briefly set up this clip… sans giving away away too much… a catastrophic event occurs at a lunar nuclear waste dump which adversely affects the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha… on that September 13, 1999, ill-fated day…

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy! Live long and prosper, too!

So, let’s now don our virtual space suits and fasten our seat belts as we launch Space: 1999 from where it all began…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Kinda weird isn’t it? Sorta like I’m human?”

Expounding on that headline, any self-deprecating words exiting Donald J.Trump’s mouth is more than sorta weird.

True, there he stands, larger than life, filming his Drew Carey Show cameo (circa mid-1997), playacting none other than HIMSELF and querying disparagingly. Hell, he’s even sporting his (even then) almost touching his crotch red tie!

Yep, that above paragraph’s Trumpian rundown is easy to buy into. Hell, “it is what it is.”

However, what is weirdly out of character is how he speaks onward to express lukewarm, sorta human sincerity and then extend generosity towards the everywoman / everyman working class. What a crying shame it’s ONLY Hollywood acting.

Hell, the Trump we know would ONLY behave in that manner, in real life, if such momentary largesse would buy him votes AND could simultaneously be written off as a charitable contribution… i.e., one that could be promptly and neatly itemized on his income tax Form 1040, Schedule A (which he’d never, ever release to the public like many past presidents have).

Seeing how Trump is not renown for ever poking fun at himself, his motivation for stepping before that bygone TV camera’s lens was none other than stroking his mindless ego… so much so, that he was likely oblivious to how he had, inadvertently, for a fleeting moment, behaved modestly and sorta human.

Just as he’s totally incapable of laughing at himself, he never laughs with the people he meets… only at them.

Hell, “it is what it is.”

 

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Sánchez Synopsizes / Segues Trekian Tunes

To quote their YouTube posted sentiments…

“Davor Jelacic & Rebeca ‘Becky’ Sánchez are VioDance, a duo of DJ/producer and a classically trained violinist, also multi-instrumentalist. In Spain, where we reside, we record violin covers in our home studio, and shoot music videos to share them on YouTube.” [Read Related Article]

Thanks to Sánchez and Jelacic one of their cover projects has now become our Vid of the Day.

As for my WordPress posted sentiments…

When the best days of one’s homeland can be best seen within life’s rear view mirror and, in the here and now, the views appear both harrowing and hopeless, beaming up to the Star Trek Universe can clear the short-term path to escapism; may even afford one a more enduring sense of deliverance.

Whether or not I’ve aptly described your own homeland’s situation, Ms. Sánchez’s violin driven symphonic score… which synopsizes / segues seven of Star Trek’s small screen theme songs… will restore or reaffirm one’s hope for a stellar future.

As Spock would add: Live long and prosper!

About all I can add is: Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff Taylor’s Community Building Pays Off!

No big secret, the horrifying militarization of our state and local police forces is what has been mutating municipalities into war zones, where police brutality rules and the accused… be they totally innocent bystanders, guilty of non-violent crimes or anyone in between and beyond… have been needlessly winding up six feet under.

To compare and contrast that ugly scene to its diametric opposite, let’s view a couple of scenes from The Andy Griffith Show.

Granted, real life is not a TV sitcom. But, let’s consider, anyway, the late actor, Andy Griffith, who, from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1968, portrayed the small screen’s, small town Mayberry Sheriff, Andy Taylor (the antithesis of the stereotypical, deep south, bigoted lawman).

True, benign Andy’s bygone, no guns approach probably would not translate well into society today… seeing how bad guys’ are now armed to the teeth with militarized WMD. Nevertheless, there are still valuable insights found within the episode ending clip, below, which exemplify the good sheriff’s countrified, no shots fired approach to fighting crime, which real life police departments’ top brass could draw on… hopefully not with drawn guns.

BTW, I recently had the pleasure of viewing the MeTV network aired, entire episode. To flesh out the missing details…

Taylor and Barney Fife, his somewhat inept but always good intentioned Deputy, team up with visiting big city cops to chase down a dangerous on the lam crook. In the process, the bad guy hoodwinks, disarms and ropes up the gullible Fife. Soon after, Andy shows up, frees up his deputy and then plays out a hunch. After uncounted years of community building, he knows an elderly woman, who they’ve both befriended, lives in a nearby cabin. When she answers the door appearing uncharacteristically flustered and even fails to complain about her ailments (the way she normally does), Andy immediately suspects she’s been taken hostage. Ergo, for the “benefit” of the unseen, behind the door felon, he casually mentions how he’d been fishing earlier and had left his boat / raft tied up, nearby. Falling hook, line and sinker for the sheriff’s “helpful hint”, the bad guy makes use of the lake for what he believes to be the perfect escape route.

I’ll let YouTuber Major Evan’s comment tell what happens to the crook next…

“For those who haven’t seen the show, or this episode, Andy actually tricked him into taking that particular raft because it was full of holes and would inevitably sink. It forced the convict to swim back to shore where the police were waiting for him.”

Ergo, the trigger happy, big city cops, who’d been hellbent on mutating Mayberry into a war zone, stand down, feeling simultaneously wowed and a newfound respect for Sheriff Taylor’s small town, no shots fired tactics. Yep, everyone (with the possible exception of the arrested bad guy) winds up whistling a happy tune… this happy tune…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got 1 hr. and 3 min. to Fill while in Quarantine?

Courtesy of Mr. Sci-Fi’s YouTube channel, we’ve all been cordially invited to watch the pilot of a Star Trek TOS spin-off, featuring George Takei reprising his role as the hyper-dimensionally aged (30 years older) Hikaru Sulu.

I’ve cued up this clip at 24:46, the start time of the Star Trek New Voyages’ episode… World Enough And Time. Obviously, if you’d prefer to view the clip in its entirety, rewinding it to 0:00 will then include Star Trek and Deep Space Nine writer Marc Scott Zicree’s previously “untold story of why you never got to see that series — despite its Hugo and Nebula Award nominations!”

To put this into Mr. Spock’s parlance, we’ll all find this to be “Fascinating!”

My brief review of this pilot’s plot…

World Enough in Time is a tragedy with a tearjerker ending featuring actors recast in the roles of Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, (young) Sulu, Chekhov, etc. I believe you’ll find the storyline as emotion-packed as the TOS’ season 1 episode 28, City on the Edge of Forever (original air date 04/06/1967). BTW, there actually is a brief reference to that “Forever” story, when the name “Edith” as in Edith Keeler gets mentioned.

As for my “tricorder’s” precise readout re this video:

1:27:55 Total Clip Run Time
– 24:46 Episode Begins
1:03:09 Episode Run Time

To quote Spock once more… “Live long and prosper.”

And the best way to do so is…

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trekian Lysol™ and UV Light?

 

Lysol™ spokesperson, UK’s Reckitt Benckiser… duly alarmed by Donald J. Trump’s trumpeting of life-threatening claptrap on worldwide TV… deemed it PRIORITY #1 to issue this Disclaimer to NBC news…

“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route). As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.”

My Disclaimer: This post is for entertainment purposes only and in absolutely no way… REPEAT… IN ABSOLUTELY NO WAY is intended to validate the BIZARRE and DEADLY therapies, which Quack Dr. Donny has been huckstering. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING he’s been “prescribing” will cure anyone of COVID-19… unless CERTAIN DEATH is your idea of a cure.

My Excuse: Being in social isolation mode… just like you… I have had too much time on my hands. We can blame this blog on Trump and other inept leaders’ monumental mismanagement of a mindless microbe, which caused Coronavirus to go pandemic… to biologically debilitate / decimate humanity and economically devastate an entire global economy.

That Duly Noted: Let’s all take a look-see at how Kirk, Spock and Bones manage the 23rd Century’s mindless microbes and malevolent macrobes…

 

Episode Title ~ Miri: The storyline features Kirk and crew discovering / surveying a planet, which is Earth’s nearly identical twin. The major diff… on this “Earth”, Quacks had deliberately unleashed a series of contagions, bio-engineered to sicken and strengthen the entire adult populace. The “side effect” was supposed to prolong life so everyone would achieve near immortality. The unintended consequences: Nearly immediate death of all adults and impending death for the surviving, temporarily “immortal” kiddies. Yep, in their world, puberty literally is to die for! Kirk and the landing party wind up infected and opt to self-quarantine on the planet, while Dr. McCoy races the Grim Reaper’s clock to discover the cure.

Episode Title ~ Operation Annihilate! This storyline (all clips below) finds Kirk and crew warping towards the planet Deneva to discover why one of their colonists had kamikazed his spacecraft into their sun. The landing party soon discovers countless pancake shaped, malevolent, intelligent macrobes, and once one of them attaches itself to Spock’s upper back, they also ascertain the alien MO… i.e., how they sting to invade the victim’s body and, once inside, their tendrils intertwine throughout the nervous system. This renders victims little more than puppets who, must follow these invaders’ marching orders or else face down excruciating pain. Once again, Dr. McCoy and the entire Enterprise medical staff works overtime ISO the cure… with Kirk, eventually, applying his own deductive reasoning to resolve this conundrum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROFLOL!!! (Vid of the Day)

Considering all that we’ve been going through to save humanity, who, among us, is not in need of some cheering up? This game show compilation clip has got what it takes to do so. Instructions are simple…

Click – Watch – ROFLOL!

Stay Safe – Stay Home – Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll Bet We All Can Outdo This Tune’s Dude!

 

While the Coronavirus Pandemic’s highly recommended, social isolation protocols (to say the least) have been trying and tiring, we must never take our eyes off the Grand Prize. After all, our being temporarily bored to death is an equitable trade off… i.e., seeing how the alternative could be inclusive of death, itself.

Every moment we spend in seclusion helps slow the spread of contagion and WILL buy precious time for the medical community to diagnose / treat / cure the ever-increasing backlog of patients and, ultimately, facilitate the healthcare professionals’ selfless, heroic efforts to contain / conquer this potentially genocidal pathogen.

Key to a happy outcome for humanity, is our helping ourselves to some pleasurable diversions. When left to my own devices, that involves two keyboards (computer and piano), hanging out at WordPress and tracking thru my CD, LP, VHS and DVD libraries. And should I ever tire of such star quality (actors and musicians), there’s literal stargazing, too (both naked-eye and telescopic). When left to your own devices, I’m confident you can easily outdo my own boredom fighting MO.

Now, speaking of musicians… this would be a great time to return to this post’s headline, thusly…

I’ll Bet We All Can Outdo This Tune’s Dude!

 

That dude would be the very character, which the Statler Brothers’ crackerjack composer, Lew DeWitt, portrays within the track Flowers On The Wall. As he presents his musical vignette, he sums up, succinctly, what has got to be one of the worst cases of cabin fever on record.

To quote Wikipedia’s storyline synopsis:

“The singer assures a concerned neighbor that, even though he rarely, if ever, leaves his home, he leads a full life: counting flowers on the wallpaper, playing solitaire with a deck of 51 cards all night and well into the morning, smoking, watching Captain Kangaroo and pretending to go out.” (read more here).

BTW, smoking would be ill-advised. Not really preaching… just saying…

As for anyone who now may be asking, “Who the hell is Captain Kangaroo?”

Well, to the very first generation of TV tykes (inclusive of yours truly) our idolized Captain (a.k.a. Bob Keeshan) was a kiddie show pioneer (akin to Mr. Fred Rogers). The clip below… as well as this Wiki Link… will help fill in a few more details.

If you still find yourself ISO a great diversion, why not follow up this blog’s vids with additional YouTube content. That platform’s library is as limitless as the ever-expanding multiverse above.

 

To all who’ve stopped by on this day, I wish you well! To all who are ailing, my hopes and prayers for a full, speedy recovery. Please stay safe by continuing to heed the following common sense, disease fighting advice…

[1] Practice good hygiene (scrub hands often at least 20 seconds), [2] Cover coughs and sneezes, [3] Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, [4] Social distancing (remain 2 meters / 6 feet apart [5] avoid large crowds or (ideally) just stay at home and [6] if ill, self quarantine.