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THE TIME TUNNEL-The Alamo, Night of the Long Knives, Invasion


Chase - Posted on 08 August 2009

THE TIME TUNNEL

THE ALAMO                               DIR: SOBEY MARTIN

WRITERS-BOB AND WANDA DUNCAN

REVIEW: This episode starts off with the familiar narration that opens a majority of the episodes (some of the later episodes do not have this narration). As usual the tumble down is one of the most startling parts of the segment. Doug takes a real beating from the opening to the closing--in a slow motion effective shot, we see him roll down a steep hill, separated a bit from Tony. And also as usual, a fight breaks out. It must be noted that this fight and most others in this episode are even more violent than most of the fights in the series (both before and after, although after had a great deal of violence-see IDOL OF DEATH, VISITORS FROM BEYOND THE STARS, KILL TWO BY TWO). Doug is hit on the head by a Mexican soldier (and again later by an American one!). He and Tony get inside the fort which it turns out is really the Franciscan stronghold called the Alamo. Apparently, Davy Crockett died "yesterday"  and this is difficult to verify--some histories of this event claim Crockett died on the final assault. In any event, in what must be one of the longest (and also most dramatic) teasers in the series, the tunnel crew figure they have nine hours to get the boys out (they also figure the slaughter took place at 5 o'clock but in truth, it may have been later---it is recorded that it took place at night).

 

Col. Jim Bowie, the man who invented the Bowie knife, is here also. His character is given really hokey lines and he comes off as dull and boring. When Travis confronts him, he backs down; when Tony escapes, he falls off the wall (again, this is probably not historically accurate, in fact, some sources now believe that the defenders--while very brave and holding off Santa Anna from other American forces by keeping him busy at the Alamo--probably ended up surrendering in the long run--only to have Santa Ana have them shot---while one of his lesser officers would have spared them; one man did escape--Travis gave them a choice to leave or not--and knew reinforcements wouldn't be coming at a point earlier than in this episode). Bowie is not well thought out here and Jim Davis, usually adequate, is not really very good at breathing life into him.

 

Travis is a bit too hard headed. Rhodes Reason is a good actor and carries him off well, especially when the Colonel is taken by the tunnel by mistake to 1968 (and Kirk mentions it is 1968). Here, Travis sees his own death as Ray moves the time lock ahead a ten minutes. His bravery comes to the fore as he dies fighting, defending the Alamo (which probably didn't happen that way but the defenders were still courageous). Travis, like others before and after him, calls the tunnel's science magic and voodoo.

 

Oh, and (sarcasm here) how brave of the production not to depict Davy Crockett...I guess they couldn't handle 3 historical presences in one hour (Crockett probably survived until the finale). Reynerson must be one of the most genial men Tony and Doug ever met in their travels. It is truly sad when he dies--he was a sympathetic character and almost made this story worthwhile on more than an adventure-level.

 

What I cannot understand about this episode is why Tony, after having numerous problems in the pilot and other episodes, trying to change history (even Doug tells him, "You should knew better than to try to change history"), confronts Travis with the news that the Alamo will fall in the way that he did. Tony isn't very smart in this one. His bargain with Rodriguez is laughable (and Rodriguez does so). He only survives due to the Doctor Armandez who also saves the only woman we see at the Alamo. Rodriguez seemed to know the doctor was sympathetic to Tony but not to the Americans on the whole.

 

Somehow, I recall reading that women and children were spared if they were in the chapel and at least one TV version (a much better version than this TIME TUNNEL one) depicted this. Although some criticize this episode for Tony and the doctor getting into the fort, it was historically true that Travis felt a few men could get past enemy lines--however, Tony does this twice!

 

I liked the idea that Ray had to reconstruct the Alamo layout from the image they were getting on the tunnel screen. With so much that really happened at the Alamo, I cannot understand why the writers (not my favorite of the Irwin Allen staple of writers) chose to have Tony's silly trip into town--I guess for more individual action. The fight Tony has with the Mexican Garcia (played by Alberto Monte--who later starred as Chavo in LOST IN SPACE's CASTLES IN SPACE) is one of the most exciting fights on the show...and it is violent! "Why don't you call for help---I'm not tied up now" is a funny quote from Tony as he antagonizes Sgt. Garcia.

 

A great deal of the music for this one, and indeed, other stories, seems to have come from VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA's first seasoners. A few (END OF THE WORLD comes to mind) have early VOYAGE second season music. My mind kept equating the first season music with the black and white images of VOYAGE's first season--and well, at least, it makes one think of something old and past!

 

More historical accuracy could have made this outing much, much better. It is still above average when compared with almost any of the alien episodes (VISITORS FROM BEYOND THE STARS, TOWN OF TERROR, and RAIDERS FROM OUTER SPACE). On the plus side, while some records quote only 4000 Mexican troops attacking and surrounding the Alamo, at least two current sources quote 6000, as did this TIME TUNNEL adventure. The series VOYAGERS! in 1983 was to have had an episode called REMEMBER THE ALAMO which would have been more entertaining than this. As this TIME TUNNEL stands, it is below par when compared to almost any other rendering of the Alamo battle.          

 

VISITORS TO THE TIME TUNNEL TIC TOC: none

 

TUNNEL MISHAPS: Travis is grabbed up by the tunnel instead of Doug. I often wonder if the tunnel has some mind of its own or if some other force that wants Doug and Tony in these situations, saving more lives, is intervening. And a question I have: since Doug shot and killed a few Mexican soldiers who may not have died if he wasn't there...and in the first time loop probably didn't die...didn't that change time....or is it that Doug was always a part of the Alamo attack and defense? The show really never addresses these questions adequately (although tried in ATTACK OF THE BARBARIANS).           

 

ANN SCREAMS: ZERO TIMES THIS EPISODE. In fact, she is my favorite character in this one. Ann is really professional in this story. Kirk leaving Tony and getting Doug was a tough decision.

 

MISCELLANEOUS INFO: The word Alamo comes from the Spanish word for cottonwood tree, a tree native to the region. VOYAGERS! had an aborted ALAMO story called REMEMBERING THE ALAMO.

 

CLIFFHANGER: Tony and Doug cascade down to a very hot and dry place. They are outdoors and the sun is their immediate enemy. Doug suggests digging a pit for them to lie in but Tony hopes they are not digging their own graves. This plan doesn't work out too well since it is too hot and the ground too hard. In any event, riders come out to them and in protecting Doug, Tony is shot in the head (this is where the cliffhanger to this episode ended during the final seconds of THE ALAMO). Then in NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES, the cliffhanger continues and goes into Doug being taken and dragged off while Tony just lies in the dirt, seemingly dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TIME TUNNEL

NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES

WRITTEN BY WILLIAM WELCH

DIR-Paul Stanley

REVIEW: After the narration, Tony and Doug cascade down to a very hot and dry place. They are outdoors and the sun is their immediate enemy. Doug suggests digging a pit for them to lie in but Tony hopes they are not digging their own graves. This plan doesn't work out too well since it is too hot and the ground too hard. In any event, riders come out to them and in protecting Doug, Tony is shot in the head (this is where the cliffhanger to this episode ended during the final moments of THE ALAMO). Then, Doug is taken and dragged off while Tony just lies in the dirt, seemingly dead. (This is where the teaser ended--only a few moments after the cliffhanger ended in THE ALAMO). A word must be said about the setting here: while THE TIME TUNNEL is often slighted for its use of extensive stock footage from FOX movies (and they do use stock footage--and lots of it during this one), there are plenty of seemingly outdoor scenes, especially during the teaser, of Doug and Tony both amid lush backdrops--these cannot be stock footage or at least not simple stock shots. We see Tony and Doug running amid huge rocks, mountains, a vast desert, etc. The vista provided in this episode far outweighs any outdoor sequences, visually anyway, than most other series and the other three Irwin Allen series. It really looks expensive (of course it could have been filmed just a short ride away from the studio). There is extensive use of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA first season music as well as what sounds like music from the excellent movie JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. The JOURNEY music seems to be used when we see the men of Afghanistan plotting and hiding and later when we see the Major's men hiding and trying to rescue Kipling (this music is not from JOURNEY but from a similar piece in KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES by the same composer but more on that later). Also--there is music from LOST IN SPACE---I call it the shock music--it is a brief bit of music which here, is used just as Hira Singh (the always brilliant Malachi Throne) is killed. There is also a very short piece that sounds like the sensitive music used in LOST IN SPACE's THE DERELICT and a variation was used in LAND OF THE GIANT's SECRET CITY OF LIMBO (used when a uniform wearing Tony goes to Col. Fettretch's office after Kipling is captured). The rest of the guest cast is flawless and they act their best, Perry Lopez doing an excellent, understated, controlled performance as Major Kabir (Perry did just the opposite and appropriately so in VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA's SAVAGE JUNGLE).

 

Ben Wright, the Cabinet Minister, seen for all of five minutes (if that) in the London talk sequence, worked on THE OUTER LIMITS, the original. He was the overbearing authority figure Luminoid in  A FEASABILITY STUDY and was the peaceful Grippians' refugees' voices in MOONSTONE. In addition, he appeared as an Earth general in NIGHTMARE and a millionaire in WOLF 359 (several of the show's best segments). He also worked on the original 1O1 DALMATIONS and narrated CLEOPATRA (1963 version) as well as working on the GUNSMOKE radio show! There is a mini bio of him in THE OUTER LIMITS-THE OFFICIAL COMPANION book. And he really is British, lending credence to his TIME TUNNEL role.

   

Kipling is the correct age in this story but his insight is, well, not that of Kipling it would seem. When all is said and done, this is really just an adventure story, one of the better ones. The titles to this story seem huge, something which THE TIME TUNNEL did more than any other Allen show.

 

Doug is captured in India and taken to Afganhistan and he tells the leader Singh the truth about time travelling (which, as usual, he doesn't believe). A word about time travel and suffering. If THE TIME TUNNEL is any indication what time travel would be like, then count me out! Doug suffers a great deal here and comes very close to having his throat slit, tortured slowly, and knifed. THE ALAMO had him knocked over the head twice and other episodes of the series (DEATH MERCHANT comes to mind) are not nice to the time travelling duo. Singh's first plan is to kill Doug, send him to the fort, outraging the English--that way they will be goaded into attacking and he can ambush them (which he does later anyway) but for some strange reason, he changed this plan--use him as a hostage and kill Doug later. This change makes little sense.

 

An old man named Kashi (Peter Brocco) helps Doug, who seems genuinely concerned for the man's safety (not that Doug doesn't always seemed concerned for others, he does; however it is usually a helpless female type). When he helps Doug escape I cannot understand why wouldn't allow Doug to take him with him or, if he really knew a secret way into the mountain--a short pass to the fort, why he didn't take Doug that way! As it turns out, it is better that he didn't---the old man, also blind, is caught and turned out to the fort after torture and eventually dies. His death scene with Doug at his side is a memorable one. Before this, Doug's escape is nearly stopped before it begins as three men come in to stop him. This fight sequence is one of the better staged fights of the show, not overly long but as a real life fight is, short and tense. Again, violence is predominant in this episode, however, if one were time travelling to the times and places that Tony and Doug do, violence has to be shown---history is violent and to ignore that is to ignore how terrible it is. Many soldiers on both sides die in this episode, many in the aforementioned stock footage from another movie (and this movie KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES has its soundtrack on CD--THE MARVELOUS FILM WORLD OF BERNARD HERRMAN-apparently Vol. 1 of a series of the great Bernard Herrman's music). All the music on it was used in THE TIME TUNNEL! It is exactly like THE TIME TUNNEL-NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES soundtrack! At one point, Doug, while rescuing Kipling, has to jump onto a guard, knife in hand--he must have used it on the man but we are not shown this.

 

Back at the tunnel Tic Toc complex, the screen and time fix switches to London where we see Gladstone and the Cabinet Minister talking about the situation in London. This is to explain to viewers what is happening in India--as if we are stupid. It also serves to heat things up in the complex between the others--only the heat doesn't get turned up full steam. What could have been some excellent conflict between Ann, Ray, Kirk, and Jerry (yes, Jerry is in one this one--his last), amounts to just calm talk and mild disagreement. The problem: the spatial fix goes to London but Tony and Doug are in India and Afghanistan. They have never lost complete contact before nor for so long a time. At first, Ann thinks Tony is dead but Kirk tells her there is still some radiation output. Later, for some reason, the radiation output goes out and Kirk changes his mind--he thinks maybe both Tony and Doug are dead. Ann, to her credit, tells him she knows they are alive. Jerry later agrees with her and wants to go back in time to help Tony and Doug. Kirk won't let him do this. Jerry comes up with another plan "thinking this over in his mind"  which is to bypass the breaker system and send a concentrated surge into the tunnel. Kirk asks Ann and Ray about this. Ray won't condone it and Ann tells him if it doesn't work, they could lose contact forever. Ray tells Kirk they could damage the tunnel beyond repair but it is Kirk's decision. Kirk says no to Jerry's plan. Why? We are not really told--he has taken risks before and does again. In any event, Jerry sneaks to a control panel, turns a switch and sends the surge into the tunnel. The others see the surge but never equate Jerry with it. What could have been a good opportunity for some real conflict here is missed entirely. Why not have Kirk realize what Jerry did and have to dismiss him (ala VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA's grim and excellent first seasoner DOOMSDAY when Nelson has to dismiss & probably court martial Corbett who saved them all by going against orders). Jerry never appears again in the series so perhaps he was caught and dismissed or court martialed or something. Certainly we will never know since we hardly see the Tic Toc people once they re-establish contact with Tony and Doug--thanks to Jerry. It must be said that all of these Tic Toc sequences are blended nicely into the tale with a clever build up and nice intercutting between Tony's plight and Doug's escape and Kipling's capture and rescue. It is just that the build up never amounts to what it could have been. We do get a nice shot of the tunnel and complex lab that is lifted out of the first episode but that is all. Ann's loyalty is noted but Kirk and Ray do not score any points in this one.

 

We hear more music from LOST IN SPACE but this time it is derivative of an earlier movie which LOST IN SPACE lifted from it. It can be heard in THE LOST CIVILIZATION episode of LOST IN SPACE as well as a few VOYAGE episodes (for example THE MUMMY). Doug and Tony remeet and the actors play this up a bit, really giving us the impression that Doug and Tony are good friends who care a great deal about each other and are overjoyed that the other is still alive. Nicely done by both actors. One thing I do not understand if Col. Fettretch was only given the okay to proceed with offensive measures only--aren't offensive measures as opposed to defensive measures, ones that strike first? In that case, isn't rescuing a man from the enemy an offensive measure? I guess that is just quibbling over words, something this episode also does with regularity. In any event, the ending doesn't let down--there is a lot of action but as mentioned, a great deal of violence. In the end, it seems pretty pointless and not very historically accurate. The costumes and uniforms, as in THE ALAMO, seem correct. Kipling did spend time in India from 1882 to 1889 so it is not improbable that he was involved somehow in the events of the uprising depicted in this episode during May 1886. He was also born in Bombay, India. Fettretch and Major Kibir have a good scene toward the end, Fettretch unofficially okay-ing an attack to rescue Kipling. The British did construct a road in 1879 which passed through the Khyber Pass. It was the scene of numerous skirmishes between Anglo-Indian soldiers and native Afghans. One of the most well known is the battle in Jan. 1842 in which about 16000 British and Indian troops were killed. Other truths need more research. 

 

A sore point for me is not showing all sides to the situation--THE TIME TUNNEL seemed to do this with MASSACRE (even if the Indians were portrayed as cliches and stereotypes) but not here. The British were in India as colonists and controllers---couldn't we at least see one India man or woman or even an Afghan man or woman who thought they were doing the right thing and weren't just "madmen"  like Singh and his men? The episode loses points for its insensitivity and not looking at another viewpoint--that of rebels who felt their land was being taken.

 

CLIFFHANGER: Tony and Doug land in the middle of several night attacks on an installation. It appears to be some time during WWII as one of the men at the installation who is attacked (and killed?) is wearing a Nazi swastika. Things blow up and men shoot. Tony and Doug run, are spotted and shot at, and end up going up steps to a closed steel like door--which is locked tight. They cannot get in and so turn to leave but are surrounded by men in the street--men with guns. They put their hands up. (this cliffhanger is picked up in the episode INVASION where the cliffhanger goes on into the teaser where Doug tells us it is D-Day).

 

OBSERVATION: Was this a slightly similar remake of MASSACRE?!?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TIME TUNNEL

INVASION

Writers-Wanda and Bob Duncan

Dir-Jerry Briskin

 

The narration goes on as we see and hear the same music--but it continues to be interesting and isn't boring at all--it is some visual and auditory treat. Tony and Doug land in the middle of several night attacks on an installation. It appears to be some time during WWII as one of the men at the installation who is attacked (and killed?) is wearing a Nazi swastika. Things blow up and men shoot. Tony and Doug run, are spotted and shot at, and end up going up steps to a closed steel like door--which is locked tight. They cannot get in and so turn to leave but are surrounded by men in the street--men with guns. They put their hands up. In the recap of last week's cliffhanger it seems to make more sense--I'm not sure it is edited differently or not but it looks as if an attack on the warehouse or a prison is being done by resistance fighters. Men were hiding, spotlights shone, there were trucks, fighters shoot guards on a tower and throw bombs. There is machine gun fire. Nazis run out, French men run away. Tony and Doug hide behind boxes as the French truck passes. They come out but another vehicle, an open car, comes riding up. Nazis soldiers get out and chase them. The music used in the teaser differs slightly from the music used in the same scenes in the last week cliffhanger. The boys find a dead end at a warehouse door. They put their hands up. The car drives them back to Headquarters--to Germans. A Major Hoffman feels an invasion of the coast is not likely due to the bad weather. He makes them sit and tells them not to make a mistake--the room is soft but the Gestapo is not, "You will cooperate."  Tony tells him their true names. Hoffman sees that they are well educated and believes they were brought from America to help the French underground. A general calls Hoffman on the phone. They all overhear his conversation about some schedule--it is June 4th, 1944--and a calendar confirms this. June 6th--a day after tomorrow, will be an invasion. Tony says, "We're right in the middle of one of the biggest invasions in history."   Doug adds they are in Cherbourg, France on the Cherbourg peninsula just 48 hours before Doomsday! The theme song included the narrator at the end saying, "THE TIME TUNNEL,"  which adds to the fascination and excitement of the show.     

 

ACT ONE

The time tunnel staff-mainly Ann, Ray, and General Kirk watch the image projector. The German Major Hoffman is on the phone telling a General he will drive up with him. Kirk paces. Then we see the titles--huge white lettering like giant letters-thick and big! June 4th, 1944-Cherbourg and they don't have much time. Ray wonders if they are in the city of Cherbourg but Kirk says, "No, I've been in Cherbourg--it must be one of the smaller villages. He asks for photos, maps, and info from the computer of French villages and areas--DeLongue, Laurange, Montberg, San Marglese. The pre invasion barrage will start at midnight on June 5th. Kirk says, "Unless we can get them out in time, I wouldn't give you a plug nickel for their chances of staying alive."

 

Hoffman slaps Tony and comments on their American loyalty. A craggy faced, thin mustached man, Dr. Hanz Klienemann watches through a one way mirror-window. Berlin's orders are for Klienemann to have whatever he wants from Hoffman and the scientist tells Hoffman he will obey them since he, too, has been conditioned to obey Berlin. "Of course, you've been conditioned to. I will recondition one of those men to kill the other in cold blood without a moment's hesitation."  He wants to prove his technique and demands Tony be allowed to escape but to be followed. Hoffman takes Doug to a room where Klienemann takes photos of him. Doug won't change into a gown so Hoffman hits him down. Tony uses an ashtray or vase on a guard and as the two leaders of the operation watch through a one way window, Klienemann figures Tony's every move. Tony won't leave without Doug and tries to get into the room the three are in. Kleinemann tells Hoffman to sound the alarm. Tony has to run out now--to get help. Klienemann tells Hoffman, "His emotions are conditioned."  A French man follows Tony and they fight briefly.

 

Ann found out that Klienemann's first name is Hans or Hanz and most of the people he experimented on died. Ann tells them the village may be La San Maralgese but there are no comparative location for where the Gestapo HQ was or the building Tony is taken to by the French man. Ray asks even if they do get the location--how will they decide which one to transfer. Kirk says, "I don't know. I honestly don't know."

 

Two French men question Tony. Another comes in and says an SS man tailed Tony but they lost him. Tony wanted their help to get Doug out. Among the French resistance is frumpy Mirebeau who wears a cap; Verlaine, the youngest and brashest; and the leader Duchamps (and the least developed character-wise). Verlaine pushes to kill Tony. It time for the BBC announcements about storms and a low pressure center moving in. There are no "personal" messages this time--the messages being coded instructions to the underground. Kleinemann has Doug in a gown and tells him he is his only friend. He needs to reach Doug's subconscious, open it, and uses drugs to do so. His voice is the only one he makes Doug respond to until he tells him otherwise. He will only answer Klienemann's questions. Doug tells his true name, nationality, and then about Allied invasion plans, resisting a bit but not able to hold out long. He tells them D-Day is June 6th and the Germans are defeated. He has been conditioned to say this by his superiors, Klienemann tells Hoffman, the Major not having time for this "psychological gymnastics."  The doctor puts on a light and tells Doug to open his eyes. He uses a photo of Doug and switches back and forth between that and a photo of Doug dressed in Nazi gear and uniform. He tells Doug his name is now and has always been Hernich Kraiger, an SS officer. Doug resists saying the false name but does say his real name. Klienemann says, "Another 2 or 3 hours, you will know exactly who you are and the man you were will be quite dead."

 

ACT TWO

News comes in on the BBC--the fox is on the loose, maple trees are green, Mary has a brother named Christopher, the long sobs of autumn...something like wound my heart, the road makes an S curve, the dog has blue eyes. Tony tells them that soon the invasion will occur using the word "was"  and when they wonder, he corrects himself, "is."  Tony tells the French he and Doug were put here by mistake--he has no papers, no ID. They claim he may be a spy but Tony claims they could be a unit of the Gestapo posing as the underground. One of the French men says, "Touche."  Tony tells them his specialty is electronics. The leader tells him they must stay away from the Gestapo HQ until the signal for the main invasion--but until then, they will attack whatever they can such as what they did to the prison tonight. They need to hit German refineries. There is one near a gas tank. So that there is no information leak, they will all stay in the room they are hiding out in tonight. They will leave at 20 hundred hours. The time tunnel staff watch. The leader asked Tony his name again (a nice touch).

 

Ann has found the location of Doug: 74 Ruddalamaire, a doctor's office converted into a HQ of the Germans. Ray gets to work on the coordinates and they lock on Doug's signal. Doug's life as a child, Kleinemann tells him, was not a happy one, not pleasant. He uses a photo of where Doug--Henreich grew up--a small mountain town. He tells him Tony, the man in the photo was responsible for Heinreichs' father's death last year. The doctor tells Doug to kill this man if he sees him. There are ear phones on Doug. Frenchmen and Tony are in a truck. Tony is left out near some German or French writing on a sign over a building. He hits a guard. French in Nazi uniforms go to deliver a "consignment"---just a ruse. The guard is stabbed in the back. Verlaine climbs up the gas tank and sets explosives. Tony runs out of the German building--the refinery (?). The tank blows up and we stock footage of more explosions that go off--massive infernos. Tony runs down a street we saw in SECRET WEAPON. A guard grabs his foot and trips him! I find it difficult to believe a man can grab another's foot from a lying position and trip the other when the other is standing up and in full flight!   Anyhow, they fight. Verlaine arrives and shoots the machine gun which riddles the area, killing the German soldier and throwing Tony against the wall. Tony yells at Verlaine, "Were you trying to kill the German or me?"  Klienemann calls in Hoffman to see Doug, dressed in full Nazi regalia. Kirk looks from 1968, "Kleinemann did what he said he would do."  Doug heils Hitler. He is told he belong to the 74th division (what is it with 74 in this episode?) and his name is Krugar. He takes out a pistol and shoots the face in half--the face of Tony on a large life sized poster of the man. (This was made in a short time.) Also, this episode has taken on the life of two other, earlier VOYAGE episodes---both of which are more entertaining than INVASION. These two are THE SABOTEUR and THE ENEMIES, both from VOYAGE's first season and both with writer being William Reed Woodfield (later of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE's excellent writing team). THE SABOTEUR was written by George Reed also. In THE SABOTEUR Capt. Crane, brainwashed, shoots a life size photo of Admiral Nelson and is brainwashed to kill him. There is also a planted spy on Seaview to make sure the mission goes all right--although he was brainwashed also. In the other episode, Nelson and Crane's behavior is analyzed by a scientist who is calm and records their conditioned behaviors and responses and also monitored by an impatient commanding officer--both seemingly Chinese. Sound familiar?

 

ACT THREE

Hoffman gets news of the raid on the refinery and gets an address of the ones who blew it up from an informant. He tells Doug to take it and go to the address and get them--alive if possible, dead if necessary. Doug takes Hoffman's car and some men (two). The French plan while Doug and one soldier go to the front, another to the back. Ann watching, "I think he's completely brainwashed."  Ray wonders if he is faking. Doug is speaking with a German accent (or if the tunnel is translating for us and the tunnel staff in German itself; no proof the tunnel is translating--but it's nice idea). The French men get away. Verlaine is shooting a machine gun out the back and goes. Doug tries to kill a shocked Tony, who is confused but manages to divert Doug's arm and get the gun. Doug takes out a knife and tries to shove it in Tony's face over the rifle he has. Tony tells him, "No, don't!"  Doug says, "You cannot shoot a man in the face but you shot my father in the back."   Verlaine returns and starts to shoot at Doug but Tony fights him, the bullets deflect and hit the other German who is coming back to the front. Tony pushes Doug away from Verlaine and they get away. They all round up at a new hideout. Tony sticks up for Doug, saying he was pretending (yeah, right). Tony yells that Verlaine tried to kill him after the raid and he has a lot more to answer for. Verlaine gets mad when Duchamp seems to side with Tony against him but this is not so. A personal message starts on the radio: the fox is angry, the spring in Mexico is very warm, the dice are on the table, the long sobs of autumn wound my heart with monotonous lingo or something. The French now must cut the communication lines at the Gestapo HQ. Verlaine continues to push for killing Tony but the older leader tells him it was just a series of coincidences that Tony appeared to help the Germans (huh?). "If we cannot trust each other...the job is impossible."  Verlaine will set the explosives. Mirabeau will scout the HQ. Doug asks Hoffman to take 20 men to "root them out of the district by searching the town house by house and destroy the pigs one by one."  Hoffman wants to but cannot spare the men: most of them are on field maneuvers in Wren. The informant comes in--Mirabeau! He wants English money--5000 pounds of English money for telling them of the invasion and of the signal on the BBC between here and Merveur. The Major tells him no--the American forces will not land in this weather. He can deliver the leaders of the French resistance for 1000 pounds with 500 in advance. He tells of the French orders to blow up the communication cable under the HQ. In 30 minutes, a command car will be stolen from the Redel La Mayer by the resistance who will come dressed as an Inspection Team (inspecting what? and from who--Hitler?). The informant is to provide the tools and be a lookout. He tells plans of rendezvous. Klienemann interrupts to have Doug kill Tony--the one who poses as an American. Tony covers the French leader Duchamp who tells Tony if the guard doesn't accept his pass and orders, he will have to kill him. The guard does accept Duchamp's phony cover as a Capt. Krauss. Doug shows up and shoots at the two. The French leader kills the guard with a gun and shoots at Doug. Doug grabs at his head and falls. Tony turns around and sees this, "Doug!"  Doug falls to the pavement before Tony's startled eyes.

 

ACT FOUR

Duchamps steals the car anyway but Tony yells at him to help him--several times--he won't leave Doug. They take him into the car and leave just as Germans rush out of the building and start shooting at them. At the hiding place (who's got the hiding place?--Sorry.), Mirabeau pushes to kill Doug but Duchamps stops this. They will wait for their doctor--a Dr. Shumate (is he German or French? I say French). The Doc comes in and is only a small village doctor--the only one around but he told them he would be helping them if there were other doctors who could help the town people. He seems to be like Ainsley in END OF THE WORLD, or Althea in RENDEZVOUS WITH YESTERDAY, and many others--a genuinely nice person who offsets the evil minded people. Tony and Doug encounter both the dregs of society but also the well meaning, kind people. He looks at Doug who points out the informant, wanting the man to tell them he is Henreich. He tells him, "You...you saw me at Gestapo HQ."  The informant Mirabeau claims it is a conspiracy to kill him. He grabs a gun, "Cut the pretenses"  and he gets to the phone to get paid. He used Tony as a shield but Tony breaks free and Verlaine stabs Mirabeau in the back. Verlaine apologizes to Tony, "It is easy to make mistakes in this business, mona me."  Tony tells him, "I'm sure I would have thought the same thing in your place."

 

The doc tells them he is only a country doctor and they might need a psychiatrist from the city or maybe Paris but as far as he can tell, only Klienemann can give Doug back his real identity. Tony tells them they have to get Klienemann but Duchamps says the raid comes first. A direct assault is out but they will get the German doctor if they can. After they plant the bomb at 10:46, they will get Klienemann out. They will raid the HQ from behind and they figure Klienemann is at the HQ since a man like Mirabeau doesn't lie when there is a large amount of money at stake and he told them Klienemann was there. In the cellar of the HQ Tony cuts the electric wires, Verlaine will finish planting the explosives. Tony asks for how long he will have to get Klienemann---3 minutes. They tell Tony, who has never seen Klienemann--what he looks like--"a man in his 60s with moustache and craggy face."  Tony and Duchamps go upstairs. Duchamps shoots guards. Tony wants Klienemann to get the antidote for Doug and gives him 30 seconds. Hoffman tries to stop Tony but Tony hits him down. Klienemann comes out of his office and tells Tony he has it and, "I'm a scientist, don't expect any heroic gestures from me."  Tony takes him out and the HQ explodes totally.

 

TAG

Tony and Duchamps thank Dr. Shumate and he goes. Klienemann tells Doug to listen to him and puts back Doug's real identity, "What has happened will seem like a dream."   A bad one. Tony yells at Klienemann that it is not working--yelling loudly. They give it time and Doug awakens--feeling fresh and relaxed, better than he ever felt after Klienmann's count of three. Klienemann feels his own eyes--tired? Doug knows Tony. They hear planes and sirens. It is the beginning of the invasion. Duchamps takes Klienemann for questioning and info--wanting to leave him for the mercy of the bombers. The French take him to a shelter (were there shelters that were safe from the Germans and the bombs?). The time tunnel people view the planes, the landing on Normandy beaches by the troops in boats and sea tanks which came out of larger ships. This all looks like real footage which is quite interesting. Ann finds the tracking is ready. Kirk tells her to hold it until he gives the word. Tony and Doug go outside and look up. They see planes flying between the buildings. Doug tells him they better get to the shelters. Doug and Tony vanish. The ships and troops land on the beaches.

 

NOTE: Most likely there was little or no French resistance at all. All accounts of the landing from all perspectives prove that it was one of the greatest achievements in military history or in history itself. There is a great deal of first hand accounts from both sides, all of them interesting and fascinating, if more than a bit scary. A German private's view told of how they really weren't expecting the invasion--the weather was full of strong wind and a thick cloud cover. At first, they thought the planes were just destroying some factory or something. Gliders, parachuters came in. Advanced observation posts were overwhelmed. A group of Polish infantry men, on the German side, went over to the American side waving and shouting. Fighter bombers stopped any aide forces sent to help the Germans. A British paratrooper and others from the forces went to a farmhouse to look for directions and were greeted with open arms. The family there told about the occupation. The five beach head landings was code named Operation Overlord and was so huge it defies description...and it had to be done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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