Mission: Impossible (1973) – The Fighter, and Speed

It’s my penultimate instalment of Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series. Five episodes to go. First up this week is The Fighter. Written by Stephen Kandel and Nicholas E. Baehr from a story by Orville H. Hapmton, this episode first debuted on 9 February, 1973. It starts out with a fun guest star, Herbert Jefferson…

Mission: Impossible (1970) – The Amateur, and Hunted

Hey look! Sam Elliott is back as Doug (yay!). And Anthony Zerbe returns as a guest star (yet again) in The Amateur. Written by Ed Adamson, this episode first aired on 14 November, 1970. Working undercover in an East European country, the IMF team have unexpected trouble when a bar owner, Eric Schilling (Zerbe) with…

Airwolf (1984) – The Shadow of the Hawke (Parts 1 & 2)

  Bellisario’s next series focuses on the supercopter Airwolf, its pilot Stringfellow (what a terrible name) Hawke (Jan-Micheal Vincent), his mechanic and co-pilot, Dominic (Ernest Borgnine). The two-hour pilot, released overseas as a theatrical film aired 22 January, 1984. Bellisario wrote and directed the pilot movie that introduces the top-secret organization known as The Firm,…

Battlestar Galactica (1979) – Baltar’s Escape & Experiment In Terra

There are some interesting things afoot in this week’s viewing of the classic Battlestar Galactica. In the first episode, Baltar’s Escape, which aired 11 March, 1979 and was written by Bellisario, the series shows once again that, yes, there is a bit of continuity at play, as references are made back to the Beings of…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Fire In Space

This week, the Galactica is troubled as it does its bit for 70s disaster films. Originally aired December 17, 1978 this episode has a teleplay by Jim Carlson and Terrence McDonnell based on a story by Micheal Sloan, with that many names in it you might expect something stronger, but this one is pretty much…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Living Legend

This week’s Galactica installment is a two-parter with a teleplay by Glen A. Larson, based on a story crafted by Larson and Ken Pettus, and sees the appearance of a Battlestar thought lost two yahren ago… the Pegasus, commanded by the legendary military leader, Commander Cain (Lloyd Bridges). As the 220+ fleet is brought to a standstill…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Magnificent Warriors and The Young Lords

On this week’s Galactica double feature, we have another space-western, and a kids fighting the cylons tale. In the first, The Magnificent Warriors, written by Glen A. Larson, a couple of agro-ships (footage of the spaceships in Silent Running) are destroyed in a cylon attack, with a third seriously compromised. Happily, there is a human…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Gun On Ice Planet Zero

  This week’s installment of my look back at Battlestar Galactica features the two-parter, The Gun On Ice Planet Zero written by Bellisario, Michael Sloan and Leslie Stevens, from a story idea by John Ireland, Jr. The first episode aired on October 22, 1978, with its conclusion airing the following week on the 29th. The fleet appears to be in trouble…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – The Lost Warrior & The Long Patrol

  This week’s Battlestar Galactica sees two stand alone episodes before we plunge into another two parter. The art used to illustrate this installment of the Bellasrio & Cannell comes from Ralph McQuarrie’s preproduction art and book cover art from the episode’s novel adaption by David Shleinkofer. First up is The Lost Warrior, which aired October 8,…