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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Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!
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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…