Returning to the town, the two scientists meet Pete and Joan, a young couple also trying to escape from the town, and together they formulate a plan to destroy the alien control centre. To prevent the changes becoming more serious, a team is dispatched back to the Battle of the Huertgen Forest on the border between Germany and Belgium in late 1944 to try and put things right. It's a notorious penal colony where French political prisoners are sent to disappear. Apparently Leinster also wrote several novelizations based on the television show as well. But I can handle formulaic and repetitive television if it's taken at a reasonable pace. The acting was good, many first rate inside jokes. The Tomorrow People is out in one massive bumper dvd collection however.
But when a Senator arrives to see just where taxpayers' money is going, it pressures one of the chief scientists, Anthony Newman, into activating the Time Tunnel before it has been tested and proven. It's a chase that will take them across 2 million years of history. There is a 2-minute, silent Visual Effects Camera Test, giving the Time Tunnel a dry run to see how it will look in colour. Swain are the scientists trying to fix the malfunctioning Time Tunnel and bring Doug and Tony back to the present 1968. The notorious Heera Singh is in the mood to stir up some insurrection against the woefully undermanned Raj, and when a couple of Englishmen fall into his grasp, he sets about making an example of them. A timestorm then ripples throughout these distant eras which in turn causes anomalies that disrupt our present.
He captures Doug, and leaves Tony for dead, but a young man named Rudyard Kipling rescues Tony, and offers to help him save his friend. Swain are the scientists trying to fix the malfunctioning Time Tunnel and bring Doug and Tony back to the present 1968. The British and the Arabs are about to hack each other to pieces at Khartoum. Allen liked to cut to the chase, so ten minutes into the show, Tony Newman had recklessly propelled himself into the past with no clear reason to, I might add. Of course they would only work if the episodes were in broadcast order. And so on, through the French Revolution, the American Civil War and er, probably not Vietnam.
What a shame we won't be watching them return to the past to set things right with those other pesky 239 anomalies that are left. If the series takes itself very seriously these actors take themselves even more seriously. The pilot has Susan Hampshire and Michael Rennie, even if poor Dennis Hopper didn't make the cut. I have seen some bad movies in the past. In fact, I can't think of any show that Irwin Allen ever did, that did not involve some kind of re-use of costumes, props, or sets. It's used to bring a cinematic level of authenticity and detail to the show, but that does also mean that some of the footage is distinctly creaky when compared to the show itself.
But when the reasons behind his actions become clear, it becomes one of the more moving episodes. This time it's the evil aliens from Andros, who are here intent on stealing the world's oxygen. This was a standard run for a Star Trek series. Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. Scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips are the young heads of Project Tic-Toc, a multi-billion dollar government installation buried beneath the desert. He's actually a failed astronaut with the authority of Washington behind him, enough to spirit Earnshaw away from his patients and onto a private jet. The other characters are very sketchily drawn.
They include The Time Tunnel 1966 , Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1966-1968 , Land of the Giants 1968-1969 , and The Invaders. It was a great pilot and I'm eagerly waiting to see the next episode. In 2002 you could not possibly have two male heroes, so Dr Tony Newman becomes female scientist Dr Toni Newman. Both articles would still be easy to access through the see also section. The new Toni Newman - wow, but I think calling it an update is what killed it for fans of the old show. I was 7 when the original Time Tunnel aired and was immediately hooked.
Given that Doug and Tony usually end up in historically significant moments of the past, that is quite understandable. They'll have to prove their supernatural insight and ability to stay alive. Earnshaw has no inkling that it actually means physically travelling to 1871, and asking Henderson personally for his help. For once, the writers did do some decent research and got their geography right, but not the actual events of the eruption, since the islands had lost their vegetation by late July, and the entire area was blacked out from afternoon of the 26th. He always seems a bit on edge and could crack up mentally under the strain of trying to get Doug and Tony back to the present time.
The time travellers have to help a young inexperienced chief to get the mask first. The characters themselves even noticed this, wondering aloud if the computer is trying to show them something. It had a decent story line. Flynn tells Phillips this information to give him an incentive to keep the timeline intact. Devil's Island Doug and Tony have to fight for their lives when they arrive on Devil's Island in 1895. There are more Cold War antics in Secret Weapon, which has a foreign power trying to build a Time Tunnel of their own, but The Day The Sky Fell In is perhaps the strongest story of the series, certainly emotionally speaking, as it sees Tony and Doug arrive at Pearl Harbour the day before the attack, the attack that claimed the life of Tony's father.
This also reveals The Time Tunnel's major failing, and perhaps one reason why it didn't get past the first season. The thing is though, that Lincoln won't be assassinated until 1865. But it was never used. There is an idea here with some potential but time travel is a concept has been pretty much done to death. The time travellers are going to disguise themselves as 1944 American soldiers. Captain Beal has been raiding the Barbary Coast, and he's just taken a Spanish galleon with a juicy cargo, Armando the nephew of the king of Spain. Doug never takes off his tie although he loosens it occasionally.