Five Things – 11.21.16 – He Collected Old Things From Ships

Sapphire & Steel If there was ever a premise that deserved a better go than it got, it’s the 1979 ITV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series Sapphire & Steel. Sapphire & Steel focuses on the adventures of the two titular characters, transdimensional Operatives charged with keeping our timeline intact. Not really clear on what’s meant by ‘our’ timeline – Earth’s? This whole dimensions?-…

Five Things – 11.14.16 – Ticky Tacky

Homes Of The Future Walter Cronkite takes us on a 1967 journey through the home of 2001. Like most “blank-of-the-future” media from the ’50s and ’60s, lots of predictions hit the mark and others are way off.  A house with a recirculated water supply, drawing power from its own fuel cells, and a central point…

Five Things – 10.31.16 – All Manner of Ghoul and Monster

Once Upon a Midnight Scary The title of this 1979 Horror Anthology gives me a “Jonathan Livingston MURDER” vibe. That’s a compliment. Once Upon a Midnight Scary is made up of three children’s (scary) stories and was broadcast on CBS in October of 1979. Vincent Price – he of the infinite availability – hosts the set,…

Five Things – 09.05.16 – I Shall Become A Man Named Gene Watkins

Half Hour To Kill Vincent Price, aka The Man Who Had Time To Do Everything, was the host and star of this fantastically named 1958 mystery anthology pilot. The intent appears to be that he’d always host but only sometimes star.  The nature of the pilot combined with the presence of Price seems to suggest that…

Five Things – 08.15.16 – We Fly On, Untouched

Escapes On one sunny afternoon in 1986 Vincent Price, dressed as a mailman, delivers a VHS tape to a kid named Matthew.  The tape, Escapes, is a horror anthology hosted by Vincent Price.  He starts watching it, and so do we. I’m not sure which level of inception we’re at at this point. It’s really just five short…

Five Things – 08.08.16 – Luther Destroys The Gond

Total Recall 2070 My love for science fiction can probably be traced back to the time I saw Total Recall when I was eleven years old.  I somehow convinced my parents to buy me a VHS copy from Sam’s Club and  I think I spent the next two or three days watching it over and over.  I…

Five Things – 08.01.16 – To Un-Bore You

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future It’s a pretty generic title, but the show itself is actually somewhat ambitious. This 1987 Canadian Sci-Fi show centers around the conveniently named Jonathan Power.  His team, the Soldiers of the Future, are some of the last humans left alive after the Metal War, your basic man vs….

Five Things – 04.25.16 – I’ll Be Bigger Than Ollie North

1987 NBC Saturday Morning Preview ALF hosts this Friday Night preview of NBC Saturday Morning lineup featuring, well, ALF. The premises for these specials are always so ridiculous, and this one’s no different: The special begins in the Tanner family garage, where ALF is on the phone with his agent regarding his new prequel cartoon series….

Five Things – 03.28.16 – It’s That Party Line Piggy

Adventure in Telezonia This 1950 film teaches kids how to use the phone correctly, politely, and efficiently. And if in the process of learning a kid picks up some nightmare fuel along the way, so what? The film is produced by and features the Bil Baird marionette puppets as the residents of Telezonia, but I’m getting…

Five Things – 03.21.16 – If They Do This, What Will Happen?

Incredible Machine The 1960s must have been a pretty exciting time to work in R&D at a telecommunications company like Bell Labs. Computers were still huge but becoming common in the workplace.  By the end of the decade several communication satellites were in orbit and each day it was becoming easier and easier to transmit information across…