The Time Tunnel

Season 1 Episode 28

The Kidnappers

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 24, 1967 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The guys' signal is intercepted and a silver-skinned alien shows up and kidnaps Anne. He leaves behind a data card which the rest of the Project staff use to send Tony and Doug to. The guys end up in a futuristic complex and meet a zombiefied ancients from different time periods and locales. A mysterious voice provides historical detail. According to the Project staff they're on a distant planet in the Canopis system in 8433 A.D. The guys meet the Curator then escape. They get hold of Ann before being captured and the Project staff try a recovery but grab a OTT ("Official Time Traveller) instead. He grabs the Time Tunnel's time/space converter and leaves. The guys and Ann stage an escape but mess that up as well. The Canopians go dormant during night, and the guys avoid being drugged to take advantage of the situation. They get nowhere for a while, and the OTT is not vulnerable to lack of sunlight. The three Earthlings manage to overcome it long enough to send Ann back with the converter. The Project staff manage to hook it up in time to whisk away the guysmoreless

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  • Repetitive, out-of-character, and really cliched - these episodes drag down the better stories that are thoughtful and fresh.

    The series takes a turn and becomes involved with silver-skinned aliens from another planet.

    Yikes, whatever the series had going for it totally goes down the drain with episodes like this. It is often bad enough in "Time Tunnel" when monsters from other worlds show up in history, but in this case, there is no Earth time dimension at all. Just people versus aliens.

    The complex is disabled by an all-powerful space visitor and Anne is taken to a planet along with the guys. What proceeds from there is a lot of lumbering scene-by-scene formula as the aliens try to stop Tony and Doug from spoiling their grand kidnapping plot. The aliens attempt a poorly-scripted device of making sure Doug and Tony are asleep at nightfall, because they themselves are powerless in the dark. Creaking along, one alien can stay active in the evening, lending for some low-speed chases on a cheap soundstage.

    Small positive points are that Lee Meriwether gets to share the set with the main protagonists and some might enjoy seeing Michael Ansara (often remembered as Kang in "Star Trek" or as Barbara Eden's husband) in silver pancake make-up. Small points indeed, this is a true turkey.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

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Apparently the time tunnel can now send people to exact space/time coordinates, yet no one thinks to send Tony and Doug to the exact coordinates of the present-day tunnel complex.

    • For some reason the alien makes a distinction between "sun" and "Canopis," but muddles his own argument. He says his people are not powered by "sunlight" but by "Canopian-light." But "sun" is a general term (like "moon") as opposed to a specific name ("Sol"). So "sunlight" is correct usage of the term on an alien planet.

    • These people immediately shut down once their sun disappears. That means they are solar-powered with no capacity for energy storage. This doesn't make sense. If they photosynthesize like plants, surely they'd store energy for use during nighttime. Just as humans store energy for times they aren't eating. Without power sources, these people can't even go into a poorly lit room.

    • Don't they have replacement parts in the future? The Curator seems to assume the Time Tunnel staff can't replace the time/space converter and he's stymied them by taking the part.

    • Why does the alien Canopis computer use "Anno Domini" (A.D.) when providing dates for its records?

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