The Time Tunnel: Season 1, Episode 9

Devil's Island (11 Nov. 1966)

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Doug and Tony are transported to 1895 to the French penal colony of the Devil's Island, a prison where political and criminal prisoners where sent and never leave, and are mistakenly taken ... See full summary »

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Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
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Theodore Marcuse ...
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Doug and Tony are transported to 1895 to the French penal colony of the Devil's Island, a prison where political and criminal prisoners where sent and never leave, and are mistakenly taken as two runaway prisoners. They try to explain the mistake to the cruel commanders that do not accept their explanations. When the prisoners decide to help the charismatic Captain Alfred Dreyfus to escape, Doug and Tony try to tell them that this is a doomed plan since Dreyfus has never escaped from the hellish island. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This episode takes place on Devil's Island, South America on March 14, 1895. See more »

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Shining Tunnel Command Centre Bits
12 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Tony and Doug are sent to Devil's Island, they explain to the number one man that they don't belong in this place, but he does not listen to them and he treats them as criminals of the island.

This episode is only just saved by a short sub-plot where a prisoner is sent to the Tunnel complex by mistake. At one stage when the prisoner is talking to Kirk we hear stock John Williams music (the music heard in End Of The World when Tony appears in the desert above the Tunnel complex).

This sub-plot does not play a great role in the hour, in fact, it was probably added to remind viewers that The Time Tunnel was a sci-fic/comic strip series and not just a history lesson.

As a history lesson, this hour probably works rather well if you find the subject of Devil's Island rather interesting. I don't. Part of the problem is that the studiobound island in question seems to resemble Gilligan's Island too much. The voices echo on the soundstage and I don't really feel like I am on an island at all.

But TV shows of this period all looked like that, I hear you say? Wrong. Time Tunnel was one of the few shows that was let out of the soundstage and onto outdoor location filming. If fact, the outdoor filming was a big part of the series, as Robert Colbert once pointed out in The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen (1995).

So on a production level, the episode does not compare to the standard of the other episodes. The guest stars? None of them really stand out, which is unusual since so many quality guests appeared in this series.

But more importantly than all this, I just get the feeling that Irwin Allen was busy on another sound stage during the making of this hour. Irwin Allen once told a Land Of The Giants writer (when he requested ugly creatures appear on the land) to keep everything clean and nice looking. If tidy presentation was so vital to the look of most Irwin TV, why was Devil's Island used in the series?

To me, Devil's Island is not in keeping with the general look of Irwin Allen productions, the series can get down and dirty sometimes (such as the underground miners in End Of The World), but when nearly the whole hour is donated to Devil's Island (or Gilligan's Island), it is just too un-Irwin for me.

Many will not agree, many will not even know who Irwin Allen is, but if you want my opinion, I would just picture search your DVD to the shining Tunnel command centre bits.


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