Thursday, March 24, 2011

Time Tunnel


A few weeks ago, Ed and I headed over to Cherry Hill, NJ to check out Monstermania!  It was a lot of fun.  Many stars from horror films were there to talk to folks, answer questions and you could purchase autographed photos or have your photo taken with them.  I met the guy who played Isaac in the Children of the Corn films, his name was John Franklin.  He was very nice and told me that he also appeared as Cousin It in the Addams Family movies.  We also talked to Courney Gains, who also was in Children of the Corn as Malachai, but he was also in Back To the Future, as the guy who tries to cut in on McFly's prom date and he also played Patrick Dempsey's friend in Can't Buy Me Love.  We talked to him briefly and he was very nice and gave us some information on his upcoming films.  There was a huge line to see Doug Bradly who played Pinhead in the Hellraiser series as well as one for the guy who played Michael Meyers in the Halloween movies (although I didn't get why people were going nuts about that since you never see his face in the Halloween films).  





Now Ed and I are not die hard horror fans, but we do love sci-fi.  The main reason we even attended the show at all, was to meet the guys who were in The Time Tunnel, a sci-fi show from the 60s.  

Here is the premise:  Scientists Tony Newman (James Darren)  and Doug Phillips (Robert Colbert) are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. They have invented a Time Tunnel, which will allow people to visit anywhere in time and space. While testing the tunnel for an impatient senator, Newman and Phillips became trapped in time, and each week coincidentally found themselves at the site of an important historical event, be it the Siege of Troy, the sinking of the Titanic or an assassination attempt on President Lincoln. Sometimes they traveled into the future, and battled alien invaders. Ann MacGregor, Gen. Kirk and Dr. Swain are the scientists trying to fix the malfunctioning Time Tunnel and bring Doug and Tony back to the present. 



The show starred James Darren (from Gidget fame), Robert Colbert and Lee Meriwether.  Ed and I had our picture taken with Robert Colbert who is almost 80 years old now.  He looks a bit different, but as soon as he opened his mouth, we knew it was him because of his distinctive voice.  Lee Meriwether  looked fantastic for someone in her 70s.  She was autographing photographs from The Time Tunnel and her dressed up as Cat woman from the Batman series in the 60s.  Ed was really looking forward to seeing James Darren, but sadly, he ended up being a no show.  Still, it was great to meet Robert and Lee.  I'm about halfway through the episodes, they can be watched on Hulu for free.  Its a silly show, but I liked the concept, definitely a precursor to Quantum Leap.  Below is the opening theme.  I love the music and the 60s style graphics.  







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