The Time Tunnel - Volume Two
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(Jun 06, 2006)
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FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUS OF IRWIN ALLEN COMES ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND ORIGINAL SCI-FI SHOWS OF THE 1960s!
Determined to prove that Project Tic Toc was capable of sending humans through time, Dr. Tony Newman and Dr. Doug Phillips entered the project's time tunnel before final tests were completed. Now, caught in time and unable to return home, the two scientists battle to stay alive as the Vortex of Time thrusts them into the middle of some of the most significant events in world history. But even more important, as the time travelers encounter famous and influential people of the past, they must make sure their actions don't inadvertently change history and alter the future.
The Time Tunnel rivaled Mr. Peabody for improbable history, and in the series' final 15 episodes, scientists Tony Newman (James Darrin) and Doug Phillips' (Robert Colbert) time travels take an increasingly fantastic turn, as witness their close encounters with aliens in "Visitors from Beyond the Stars," "The Kidnappers," "Raiders from Outer Space," and the final episode, "Town of Terror" (listen in these episodes for the music that shamelessly steals from Bernard Herrmann's score for The Day the Earth Stood Still). Things even take a supernatural turn in "The Ghost of Nero." Tony and Doug's excellent adventures include meetings with such personages as Rudyard Kipling ("Night of the Long Knives"), "Billy the Kid," and, incredibly, Machiavelli, who has been transported to Gettysburg during the Civil War ("The Death Merchant"). They also meet up with such mythical characters as Robin Hood ("The Revenge of Robin Hood") and "Merlin the Magician." One of the series' more provocative episodes is "The Walls of Jericho," in which Tony and Doug join forces with Joshua. Observing from Project Tic-Toc's underground facility, Dr. Ann MacGregor (Lee Meriwether) expresses skepticism over the biblical story. "I'm a scientist," she states. "I don't permit myself to believe in miracles." Other memorable episodes include "Kill Two by Two," set on a Pacific Island during 1945 where Tony and Doug meet a disgraced Japanese soldier, and the episode featuring Robert Duvall as a saboteur who leads Tony and Doug on a "Chase Through Time."
Among this series' enduring charms are the obvious use of footage from theatrical films to clumsily boost production values, as well as some of the more juvenile dialogue. When they learn of one alien plot to attack earth, our heroes proclaim, "We can't let them do it." Time ran out on the Tunnel after only one season. Its cancellation left Tony and Doug to seemingly forever tumble "along the infinite corridors of time" en route to some "new fantastic adventure." Thanks to DVD, we can join them time after time. --Donald Liebenson
- 15 episodes on 4 discs
- Interviews with Whit Bissell, Robert Colbert, James Darren and Lee Meriwether
- Time Travelers TV movie from 1976
- Unaired 2002 TV pilot
- Still gallery
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I absolutely love this show and would give it 5-stars and I purchased BOTH Volumes in 2006..... and enjoyed watching all episodes and the quality was good..... Yesterday I went back to Volume 2 set and discovered to my dismay that the disks have deteriorated (according to another reviewer on here it is the glue) and one side of each of the double-sided disks is UNREADABLE.
I returned to Amazon to see if I could buy again.... I notice that the Volume 1 is available new at a low price (these have not deteriorated).... the Volume 2 is only available used at a very high price..... BUT even if I was tempted to pay higher price for another set of good disks.... there is no guarantee they will not deteriorate shortly thereafter..... it is a known problem with this Volume 2..... and the risk is very high that ultimately ALL these disks will have to be thrown away.
mature sense program assessment.
The season is divided into two volumes and the first season does not disappoint. I liked the technical aspect of the show the most and always wondered how the actors ended up becoming a part of history vs. changing history.
Its too bad the series was short lived.
I especially liked the two movies (one that came before the Time Tunnel series & the one for a planned reboot of the series). The reboot was on the darker side but very well done. I hope that the series gets another chance at a reboot. Seems like there would be plenty of material for the show.
1976: "Time Travelers" TV movie - (4) - Film based on a story by Rod Serling (Twilight Zone). A deadly disease, thought to be extinct has roared back to life in New Orleans. In 1871, a similar outbreak was controlled by Dr. Henderson, curing 25 of his 27 patients. Unfortunately, his records were destroyed in the great Chicago fire. Two men are sent back to 1871 to find out how he did it; but Henderson hasn't a clue and time is running out before the fire engulfs them . . . .
2002: "Unaired TV Pilot" - (5 plus) - A highly classified fusion experiment has gone awry; when its accelerator tunnel was powered up, it unexpectedly created a rogue time storm, burrowing through time and space making random changes in the past, changing the present. Fortunately, the changes to history ripple slowly towards the present allowing a team to go back in time to, hopefully, mitigate the alteration of the present.
Experimenters have observed a major wave of changes that originate on a German battle field in 1944. A team is put together but they need an expert on that bit of history. They enlist, Doug Phillips, a family man, to go back in time to help find the source and correct it before the present changes. When Doug breaks mission protocols, Toni Newman confides to Doug how her life changed following the storm's outbreak; later Doug learns his life too had changed . . . .
4 DVDs, double-sided - 2006. Caution: Discs have a tendency to come off their hub mounts. Picture: sharpness, contrast, and color: good to excellent. Sound volume normal to moderately low, clear.
"Time Travelers": same Languages & Subtitles available as listed for "The Time Tunnel".
"2002 Unaired TV Pilot": Aspect Ratio 1.77:1. Languages: English only. Subtitles: English, French, & Spanish.