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Saturday, April 25, 2015

V Is How You Scare A Little Kid Spitless

I remember watching V in reruns as a little kid ...

and when that scene came with the good-looking alien woman

stretching her open mouth wide enough to swallow that squirming hamster ...


Sure the special effects seem comical now. 

But it whalloped me as a small boy!!

When the survivor of the death camps explained to the kids spray-painting a V on the Visitors Poster, it impacted me ...

much more than any scene in the reboot of V a few years ago.

Sometimes Story trumps Special Effects, right?

Friday, April 24, 2015

U Stands For The Mascot of All Struggling Indie Writers


Shoeshine Boy's heroic alter ego,

appears whenever love interest Sweet Polly Purebred is being victimized

by such villains as Simon Bar Sinister or Riff Raff.

Underdog nearly always speaks in rhyme, as in "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!"

His voice was supplied by Wally Cox.

Have you ever watched an episode?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T Stands For A Class Act

Johnny Carson added a dash of class with his humor. His intelligence sparkled through his show.

In 2005, after Carson's death,
it was revealed that he had made a habit of sending jokes to Dave Letterman
which Letterman would then sometimes incorporate into his monologues.
The January 31, 2005, episode of the Late Show with David Letterman, which featured a tribute to Carson,
began with a monologue by Letterman composed entirely of jokes written by Carson himself after his retirement

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S Is For You Can Only Use The Same Tea Bag Just So Many Times

The original will always stir my imagination

Next Generation took until Season 3 to fully entertain me.

I tired of the Palestinian allusions to DS9. I hear it got better toward the end. 

It was too late. I had stopped watching.

And BABYLON 5 handled the lone space station scenario much, much better.

Voyager was a bit too PC for me: a woman captain, a Native American second in command,

a Latino/Klingon female engineer, and the only white male was the black sheep of the bunch!

But like with Next Gen, by the 3rd Season, I started enjoying it.

Though BATTLESTAR GALACTICA handled the consequences of a lone ship

having to deal with battle-damage from one episode to the next.

By the time of ENTERPRISE,

Rick Berman was copying storylines from the other series so much that some episodes were diluted like an over-used tea bag!

Like with DS9, I heard it got better towards the end, but again, it was too late.  I had stopped watching.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Behind the Scenes Isn't So Much Fun

In 2002, The Rockford Files was ranked #39 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Universal began syndicating the show in 1979 and aggressively marketed it to local stations well into the early and middle 1980s.

This accounts for its ever-presence on afternoon and late-night schedules in those days.

 From those showings, Rockford developed a following with younger viewers,

with the momentum continuing throughout the 1990s and 2000s (decade) on cable.

NBC and Universal claimed the show was generating a deficit of several million dollars,

a staggering amount for a nighttime show then,

although Garner and his production team Cherokee Productions claimed the show turned a profit.

Garner told a story to Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show

that the studio once paid a carpenter $700 to build a shipping crate for a shoot-out on a boat dock, though there were shipping crates on the dock.

The script often called for Garner to damage his car, so the car could be sold, repaired, and repurchased for each episode.

The dispute was settled out of court in Garner's favor,

but the conflict meant that the Rockford character would not re-emerge until 1994.

Rockford had a close relationship with his attorney, the idealistic, tenacious Elizabeth "Beth" Davenport (Gretchen Corbett).

 It is implied that the two become romantically involved for a time.

After Corbett was dropped from the show following the fourth season

(allegedly due to contract disputes between Universal, which owned her contract, and Cherokee Productions, Garner's company),

the show was never quite the same for me.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Q stands for a fun song

I never watched the show, but isn't it a fun tune by Jose Feliciano?
Have any of you ever watched an episode

Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Precusor to Edward Snowden

is the Best TV show
you are probably NOT watching.

The Machine is actually an Artificial Intelligence who cares deeply for its creator, Howard Finch. 

Howard and his "Hands On" man, John Reese, a former Intelligence operative, gain new allies and new enemies:

crime lords, corrupt policemen, Intelligence Agencies (our own and foreign). 

Dangerous enemies turn out to be only pawns of even more deadly foes. 

Some enemies, like Root (Amy Acker) join their cause ... for their own reasons of course.

In the 4th Season (the present one), those still alive are reeling from a recent loss of a beloved comrade.

Finally they are up against a rival AI, Samaritan

with no ethical parameters, aiding our government for its own purposes.

For four seasons, PERSON OF INTEREST has won increasingly positive critical acclaim.

Samaritan has upped the ante: It wishes to control the American government and ultimately the world.

To humble the President into submission, Samaritan recently tried to crash Wall Street. 

Howard, Reese and the others raced in a suicide mission to stop it.

The Machine raced itself through simulations to find a scenario to save her Creator, the one human she is unwilling to sacrifice for the greater good.

No longer having the time to substitute real dialogue for her allies,

she replaces it with what they represent and why they are spoken:

But the machine learns that humans are not
chess pieces,
 and they can find it within themselves
to sacrifice themselves for those they love:

Do Yourself A Favor:
You can find episodes on YouTube.
Watch them.

Friday, April 17, 2015

O is for WAY OUT!

My only memories of THE OUTER LIMITS

remains with me though I saw the episode THE CHAMELEON as a re-run when but very small.

A very young Robert Duvall is playing guitar in a rural Mexican village. 

He is attacked by enemies from his violent past.

He subdues them but at the cost of his guitar. 

A small boy hands him the broken guitar with a sad, longing expression in a silent request to fix it.

"I can only destroy, son.  Only destroy."


"The race of Man is known for its mutability.

We can change our moods, our faces, our lives to suit whatever situation confronts us. Adapt and survive.

Even among the most changeable of living things,

Man is quicksilver: more chameleon-like than the chameleon, determined to survive,

no matter what the cost to others... or to himself."

Robert Duvall is convinced by the U.S. Military to be altered to look like the aliens who have crash-landed on our planet.

He goes among them, sees that they are peaceful, and want nothing but to leave our primitive, hostile world.

After giving in to his violent nature initially, Duvall decides to leave with them if they will have him.

They are more forgiving than Mankind and accept him as one of their own, leaving.


"A man's survival can take many shapes, and the shape in which a man finds his humanity is not always a human one."

It is an episode that haunts me still and influences much of my writing to this day.

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Tomorrow will start my 3 day sojurn through CyPhaCon.  
Wish me luck!

And now, just because it makes me so happy!

N teaches us that Literate doesn't always translate to Long-Lived

Night Stalker ran for only six weeks. It was based on KOLCHAK, THE NIGHT STALKER.

It was literate, the scripts actually making Kolchak sound like a thoughtful newspaper reporter. 

Sadly, literate does not always translate into high ratings.

Here is the trailer for the original series that helped spark THE X-FILES:

Do yourself a favor: if you see the 10 episode DVD collection of NIGHT STALKER in the bargain bin, get it.


And what N TV day would be complete without

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is to remind us that TIMING is everything

Trailer for the pilot that never aired

The trailer for the show that made it on the air: 

MOONLIGHT aired before the TWILIGHT craze went nova, 
so it died a too-early death. 

And what "M" TV day would be complete