The Prisoner (1967) – Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, and Living in Harmony

We’re giving a teaser before the opening credits, which are shortened, and doesn’t introduce us to Number Two (Clifford Evans), instead we’re launched into a very bizarre, story involving mind-swapping in Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. Written by Vincent Tilsley, this episode first went out on the Beeb on 22 December, 1967. Number…

The Prisoner (1967) – Checkmate, and Hammer Into Anvil

Number Six (Patrick McGoohan) squares off against Number Two (this time played by Peter Wyngarde) in a layered scheme in Checkmate. Written by Gerald Kelsey, this episode first debuted on 24 November, 1967. Inspired by a life-sized chess game, Six begins canvassing his own pieces, fellow prisoners, as he’s reasoned out how to tell the…

The Prisoner (1967) – The Schizoid Man, and The General

Number Six (Patrick McGoohan) suffers a bit of an identity crisis this week in The Schizoid Man. Written by Terence Feely, this episode had an original airdate of 27 October, 1967. There’s yet another new Number Two (Anton Rodgers), and he’s got quite the plan concocted to finally break Number Six… He changes his number,…

The X-Files (2001) – Alone, and Essence

Mulder (David Duchovny) is no longer an agent on the X-files, or even working for the FBI anymore, Scully (Gillian Anderson) is taking her maternity leave, and Doggett (Robert Patrick) is left to run the X-files, alone…. Written and directed by Frank Spotnitz, this episode first aired on 6 May, 2001, and despite the title,…

Mission: Impossible (1969) – The Controllers: Part 1, and Part 2

Laurence Heath pens the first two-parter of season four, and despite what I feel is the wrong point for the To Be Continued notice to be delivered, it ends up being a pretty solid story, with some real world parallels. The episodes first aired on 12 October, 1969, and 19 October, 1969. Jim Phelps (Peter…

TAD 2021: Super Z dir. Julien de Volte, and Arnaud Tabarly

Zombie features at Toronto After Dark are never your run of the mill selections. With so many entries in this horror sub-genre, and so many ways to adapt the subject matter to social commentary, it’s unusual to find a unique offering in the field. France’s Super Z is definitely unique. Having its World Premiere virtually…

Millennium (1999) – Antipas, and Matryoshka

This week, Millennium delivers what is probably one of my favourite episodes of the third season, Antipas, written by series creator, Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz, it first aired on 12 February, 1999, and boasts some familiar Canadian faces like Art Hindle and Jay Brazeau. It also sees the return of Frank’s (Lance Henriksen) nemesis,…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Council: Part 1, and Part 2

This week’s IMF assignment is a two-parter that takes its time with its storytelling, and sets things up nicely for some great payoffs as I explore more of Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series on blu-ray, now available from Paramount Pictures. Written by William Read Woodfield and Allan Balter, part one debuted on 19 November,…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – Operation ‘Heart,’ and The Money Machine

Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) and his IMF team attempt to flush out a villain intent on assassinating a head of state, Rurich (Pernell Roberts) so that his country’s Western flavoured government will fall and give way to a rule under his name. To take him down, Phelps, Rollin (Martin Landau), Cinnamon (Barbara Bain), Barney (Greg…

Mission: Impossible (1967) – The Traitor, and The Psychic

We’re coming up on the end of the first season of Paramount Picture’s Mission: Impossible, and the wonderful Eartha Kitt guest stars in the penultimate episode, The Traitor. Written by Edward J. Lasko this IMF assignment first aired on 15 April, 1967. When an American agent turns traitor and hides out in a foreign embassy,…