While the second collection of 15 episodes from the single season of THE TIME TUNNEL (ABC 1966-67) doesn't necessarily consistently shine quite as brightly as the initial group comprising the content in volume one there are still some commendably well done segments to be found nonetheless that includes "Kill Two By Two," "The Walls of Jericho," "Idol of Death," "Billy the Kid," "Pirates of Deadman's Island," Chase Through Time," "The Death Merchant" and "Attack of the Barbarians" being the more noteworthy.
It is at this midway point in the season that producer-creator Irwin Allen broadens the series' premise to include capricously outlandish encounters with Robin Hood, Merlin the Magician, the wrathful spirit of the Roman Emperor Nero and even extraterrestrial beings (on four separate occasions).
Featured celebrity guest-stars and veteran film and tv performers impressively in evidence are Robert Duvall, Mako, Robert Walker, Jr., Eduardo Cianelli, Malachi Throne, Michael Ansara, Byron Foulger, Richard Jaeckel, Myrna Fahey, Allan Case, Paul Mantee, Abraham Sofaer, Lawrence Montaigne, Christopher Carey, Mabel Albertson, Anthony Caruso, Vitina Marcus, Del Monroe, Michael Pate, Donald Herron, John Hoyt, Lisa Gaye, Arthur Batanides, Jan Merlin, Peter Brocco, Ronald Long, Phillip Ahn, Arnold Moss and John Saxon.
The remaining 15 episodes are:
16) "The Revenge of Robin Hood" (30/12/1966)
17) "Kill Two By Two" (06/01/1967)
18) "Visitors from Beyond the Stars" (13/01/1967)
19) "The Ghost of Nero" (20/01/1967)
20) "The Walls of Jericho" (27/01/1967)
21) "Idol of Death" (03/02/1967)
22) "Billy the Kid" (10/02/1967)
23) "Pirates of Deadman's Island" (17/10/1967)
24) "Chase Through Time" (24/02/1967)
25) "The Death Merchant" (03/03/1967)
26) "Attack of the Barbarians" (10/03/1967)
27) "Merlin the Magician" (17/03/1967)
28) "The Kidnappers" (24/03/1967)
29) "Raiders from Outer Space" (31/03/1967)
30) "Town of Terror" (07/04/1967)
As in the previous volume one set, series fans can look forward to pristine video transfers taken from fully restored and digitally remastered 35mm source elements with each segment presented, including the original cliffhanger endings, complete and intact.
Welcome supplementary archival material will consist of the made-for-tv film TIME TRAVELLERS (1976) which was intended as Irwin Allen's follow-up to his 1960s SF tv classic (starring former TIME TUNNEL alumni Sam Groom and derived from a story concept credited to Rod Serling) along with original series cast member interviews of James Darren, Robert Colbert, Lee Meriwether and Whit Bissell in addition to a (roughly) 3 minute special presentation of the shelved 2002 TIME TUNNEL revival effort pilot will also be included to further augment this exceptional 4-disc collection.
Despite the fact that our two intrepid time travellers were never returned home again (due to the show's premature cancellation after only a single season) THE TIME TUNNEL (with its stellar luminary casting from Hollywood's finest, always diverse and interesting storylines and groundbreaking Emmy Award winning visual effects) remains to be an enduring, immensely popular Television of the Fantastic favourite since its inaugural primetime airing nearly 40 years later that continues to enthrall and delight new generations of fans captivated by errant Project Tic-Toc scientists Tony Newman and Doug Phillips' ongoing exploits into new realms of colourful adventure and spellbinding excitement that was as much an invention of the vivid imaginations exhibited by the contributing staff writers as it was a reflection of the glorious pages in history.
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