The Time Tunnel

Season 1 Episode 2

One Way to the Moon

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 1966 on ABC
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Doug and Tony land 10 years in the future on the Mars Excursion Module during liftoff. Their extra 335 pounds of weight endanger the mission by putting it over the weight allowance. Everyone believes the time travellers are spies except one man, Harlow. They are forced to land on the moon for a refueling stop, but the ship crashes. One of the other men, Beard, kills Harlow. Beard is a spy. To further confuse matters, ten years in the past at Project TicToc, Beard and another spy, Brandon, are visiting the complex. Brandon sabotages the tunnel and then tries to escape, but Beard shoots his superior to bolster his own cover and his own role remains undiscovered. In the future, Doug and Tony manage to blow up the "future" Beard, but the MEM takes off without them. As they are stranded on the moon, their air running out, the Tunnel scoops them up and sends them on their way.
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    Tony and Doug arrive on a rocket ship to Mars. But this ship haws to make a stop on the moon where our heroes fire guns in a vacuum and have fisticuffs in bad zero-G choreography against an evil saboteur
  • The second episode of "The Time Tunnel" series maintains the fairly high production values of the pilot. As the series progressed and budgets tightened, the script and production quality eroded, in typical Irwin Allen TV fashion.moreless

    This is a very enjoyable episode for anyone who is inclined to appreciate 1960s fantasy television. While the special effects, sets and props are primitive by our current standards, they were very entertaining and eye-catching for 1966. The four space suits, each in a different bright color, are especially appealing. (Hilariously, in the first moon fight scene, Beard's red space suit has *painted emblems* of oxygen tanks on its back, instead of the actual cylinders present in the other scenes!)

    Animated shots of the rocket show a classic fantasy vehicle with large swooping fins that lands vertically. I suspect this was acquired footage from some previous 20th Century Fox feature. These were disconcertingly mixed in with stock footage of what looks to be an Atlas rocket in launch phase, even when the M.E.M. rocket is in transit in space.

    This episode establishes that Doug and Tony work as a team and that they are both very versatile. It also -- I believe for the last time -- shows that they are returned into their original clothing as the Tunnel transfers them to another time. Omission of this in later episodes invites a "Huh?" reaction.

    The plot element of having the villain Beard appear in both "present" 1968 and "future" 1978 is a nice twist that respects the viewer's intelligence. It invites good speculation on what Beard did between those years to ensure that he would be aboard the M.E.M. rocket that he knew would have Doug and Tony as stowaways.

    The best special effect is the moon storehouse exploding in the background as Doug & Tony walk away. I was sure that the storehouse in that shot was part of a matte painting, so the explosion, animated in as an optical, was a cool surprise. The worst effect was the lame depiction of the guys floating in zero-G, not done nearly as well as Mr. Allen's crew had already accomplished a year before on the aired pilot episode of "Lost In Space".

    It is a little hard to accept that all of TicToc's security forces are unable to locate one renegade in the most critical part of the TT complex. And how did Doug get those four fuel tanks up the ladder back into the ship? But, as many have commented, it is best with Irwin Allen TV shows to not spend much time asking how or why. Better to sit back and have fun watching this creative blast from the past.moreless
  • Tony and Doug find themselves on a manned mission to Mars. Their extra weight causes technical malfunctions. To add to their woes, there is a traitor on board that they have to contend with and vanquish.moreless

    By today\'s standards a bit low tech, but the concept is way ahead of its time. You know Doug and Tony will survive whatever mayhem erupts, yet we care enough about them to watch what happens till the very end. Old hat - perhaps in 2006 - but quite entertaining for 1968 standards. Mind you in their world they are already sending a man to Mars, while in our reality we haven\'t even been to the moon!moreless
Lee Meriwether

Lee Meriwether

Dr. Ann MacGregor

James Darren

James Darren

Dr. Tony Newman

John Zaremba

John Zaremba

Dr. Raymond Swain

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell

Lt. General Heywood Kirk

Robert Colbert

Robert Colbert

Dr. Douglas Phillips

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Beard seemingly hears Doug coming toward him in the fuel dump, in the vacuum of space.

    • For some reason the astronaut life-support backpacks vary. Some are two sets of bottles - the other are a single box with a decal/picture of two bottles on them.

    • When the Time Tunnel pulls out Doug and Tony at the end of the episode, their spacesuits vanish though they're still on the airless moon for at least a couple of seconds. Even in that short amount of time, their lungs should have exploded from being caught in the vacuum of space, yet we don't see them desperately gasping for oxygen.

    • The rocket that takes off from the launch pad at the beginning of the episode bears no resemblance at all to the one that arrives in space.

    • The moon has no atmosphere and therefore no oxygen to sustain a fire of the kind that rages following the explosion at the storage facility.

    • The fight between Beard and Doug at the fuel dump looks perfectly normal, despite the fact their supposed to be in a 1/6ths gravity on the moon.

    • When Doug goes to investigate Beard at the fuel dump, his suit is a very white white in the long shots, but orange in the close shot. It was orange when he took it from Beard in the ship.

    • There's not much of a breeze, much less the kind of explosive decompression you'd see from a hole that size, when the ship's hull is breached by the meteroid.

    • Almost all of the early shots of the MEM show it in a blue-sky atmosphere, even after they announce they are heading for the Moon.

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  • NOTES (4)

    • The patches on the MEM crew members are also the patches used for the Spindrift crew uniforms from Land of the Giants.

    • For the first but not last time, some kind of advisor is brought in to the "top secret" project.

    • For the first and only time we see the guy's current-era outfits disappear on-screen before they go plunging through time in their original clothing. In subsequent episodes the guys simply disappear and the camera cuts to them floating through time in their original clothing.

    • Was part of the compilation movie "Raiders From the Moon."


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