The Time Tunnel: Season 1, Episode 28

The Kidnappers (24 Mar. 1967)

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After Time Tunnel member Doctor Ann MacGregor is kidnapped by a time traveler from another planet, Tony and Doug are sent there to rescue her.

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Dr. Ann MacGregor is kidnapped by a time traveler from the future that came from the star Canopus. Dr. Raymond Swain finds the coordinates he had used and is authorized by General Kirk to send Doug and Tony to rescue Ann. The scientists are received by the Curator of Canopus that tells that they are in the year 8433 AD of Earth and he used Ann as bait to bring them to his planet. Further, he intends to drain the brains of Doug and Tony to learn their experience and increase his knowledge. When the time tunnel personnel tries to bring the trio of scientists back, the time traveler Ott returns to the complex and steals the space-time converter and the tunnel is useless. Doug and Tony seek the apparatus and try to send Ann back using the teleport chamber of the aliens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Food For Thought Teaser Only Just Saves Lesser Episode
15 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

The teaser begins with a silver skinned man (Kowalski from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) appearing in the command centre, he kidnaps Ann and then is gone in a flash. General Kirk (Whit Bissell) turns to his co-worker and says "You know, he looked like a time traveller from the future" (only Bissell could make a line like that sound good).

Kirk and partner then get a fix on the vanishing silver man and find he has taken Ann to a distant planet. Tony and Doug are sent to the rescue. Then the teaser ends with Tunnel fireworks and determined music.

Who could not like a teaser like this? So much happens in two minutes. Sadly, to me, the hour goes badly down hill after such an outstanding introduction. Too bad. However the episode does provide food for thought. After watching the teaser, the viewer sits motionless wondering what could happen next, granted we don't get much at all, but our imaginations can dream up a better story to follow.

So what does happen next? Despite the scripting talent (William Welch) on hand and the acting talent (Michael Ansara, Del Monroe) on hand we get a great deal of colourless and pointless talk or running around a set filled with Lost In Space hardware! My god, what happened?

Some male fans will enjoy looking at Ann away from her normal setting and doing things with Tony and Doug, but frankly, this footage sucks, what would of been better is if the writer just said, "Okay, these guys are FINALLY together all in one place, let us just stop the story and let them have a talk about past events in the series". But no, it is just running around business as usual in Tunnel land!

Oh well, Voyage/Sea's Del Monroe is also wasted, or hidden behind make up! If you have seen The Outer Limits episode - The Soldier - you would know that Ansara could of done this role a whole lot better with the right costume/make up/script/director. Oh boy!

On top of all this, the whole hour has an un-Time Tunnel feeling about it. Where is the location filming? Where is the epic-ness? Where is the gusto in the general presentation? Why does the music score put the viewer to sleep?

The other Tunnel alien/silver skinned men shows are all fine (to me) but this is the only one that just does not cut it, however, the teaser and Lost In Space/Voyage props make it watchable.

More bad news, next season, a year four Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

  • Time Lock - would do this story all over again and William Welch


would write it again. It was to be episode two but it was pushed back after it was made, thank god for that!


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