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another cult TV blog update

Nov. 25th, 2015 | 06:31 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

another cult TV blog update:

The Samurai, season 3 - Iga Ninjas (1963) - the Japanese cult action adventure series that became a pop culture phenomenon in Australia.

The Saint - The Ex-King of Diamonds (1969) - the episode that served as an unofficial pilot for The Persuaders! And great fun it is.

Charlie's Angels, season one (1976) - plenty of silly fun.

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November Cult TV blog updates

Nov. 3rd, 2015 | 07:46 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

November Cult TV blog updates:

Banacek (season one, 1972) - excellent American mystery series with George Peppard as an insurance investigator solving impossible crimes.

Shadows of Fear (1970-73) - uneven but interesting British psychological thriller/horror anthology TV series.

The Corridor People (1966) - the most bizarre TV series ever made. A surreal British crime/spy/sci-fi series with a weirdness quotient that is off the scale.

The Avengers - Death Dispatch (1962) - the first episode to be filmed featuring Honor Blackman as Mrs Cathy Gale.

Campion - Look to the Lady (1989) - I must say I enjoy this TV series more than Margery Allingham’s novels.

Out of the Unknown, season 2 (1966) - British sci-fi anthology series, variable in quality but worth a look.

The Lawless Years (1959-61) - very good American crime series set during the Roaring Twenties. Covers the same territory as The Untouchables.

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X Files

Sep. 15th, 2015 | 08:37 am
posted by: bi0genic in cult_tv_lounge

A few years ago I started watching the X files with my son, long before there was talk of a series closer (or revival as some are calling it). It was a bit to scary for him, so I gave up on it a while ago only to pick it up again recently.

I can say without a doubt the first season is iconic and a game changer as far as "monster of the week" style stories and series go. However as the alien conspiracy theory took over, I think the show changed for the worse. I have to admit, I enjoyed the show better in syndication; in fact, it was clearly written to be viewed that way. That gives us probably what is the show's weakest point: Scully's constant denial of anything paranormal or unscientific. And sure, I'll give here some of the monsters were explainable through science (as presented in the show), but you'd think it'd also give her a bit more of an open mind. If half human, half slugs can exist, why can't aliens? It's certainly a frustrating part of the show.

I think largely seasons 2.5 (or so)- 6 (that's all i'm up to right now) were weak on the MOTW side, with many stories being mirror images of each others, overused plots and elements lifted right from literature, movies etc. The saving grace I think is how well and how seriously it is produced. While a majority of the MOTW episodes are sliding into simple fan service, it's no where near as goofy as the constant barrage of fantasy styled silliness on shows like Charmed.

What does work is the mythology. Obviously the show as a hit regardless and the flaws are only too apparent when watched sequentially and quickly on DVD or streaming, but I still feel a bit let down that the mythology didn't get more attention. At least there was drive to it and right now where I'm at, The Smoking Man has reversed his position on Mulder, he's out of the X Files, the newly created and revealed as Smoking Man's son Spender is in. After implying that Mulder is also his son, why come out to someone we've never seen before? Why dump Mulder out of the X Files? What was his fall from grace? Smoking man wanted exposure, as his own agenda. Krycex was too a part of the system, he wanted to be a player too much. We don't know spender enough at this point, however he simply wants to be a good boy.

That unseen series of events, that train of thought is what the series should have focused more on, in my opinion. Maybe it will be revealed later, I don't know, I'm just not there yet. However I am frustrated with long running series like these that tend to wander and it just becomes more apparent on DVD. When you're stuck with one episode a week, you don't notice the aberrations as much. And maybe now I'm older, but I also can't understand how anyone can stand the constant knee jerking and yo yo-ing that steven moffat does with doctor who, sherlock etc. He does in six episodes what X files, angel or buffy did in ten years.

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Cult TV blog updates

Sep. 13th, 2015 | 07:58 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

Cult TV blog updates:

The Persuaders! (1971) - one of the most entertaining of the ITC action adventures series with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis in fine form.

The Wild Wild West, season one (1965) - a series that got off to a rocky start but was great steampunk-ish fun once it established itself.

Cool and Lam (1958) - pilot episode for a series that never happened, based on Erle Stanley Gardner's Cool and Lam mysteries.

Uncle Silas (1968) - fine episode of the excellent Mystery and Imagination gothic horror anthology series.

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more Cult TV blog posts

Aug. 25th, 2015 | 11:17 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

More Cult TV blog posts:

The Avengers - the Tara King era, part 1 - in which I express my enthusiasm for the very underrated final season with the very underrated Tara King.

All Gas and Gaiters (1966-71) - very funny, the best of the many British ecclesiastical TV sitcoms.

The Machine Stops (episode 1 of season 2 of Out of the Unknown, 1966) - superb television science fiction from the BBC.

McMillan and Wife, season one (1971) - likeable lighthearted murder mystery series with Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James.

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another Cult TV blog update

Aug. 1st, 2015 | 06:40 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

Another Cult TV blog update:

Mr Rose, season one (1967) - delightfully witty and quirky 60s British crime series.

Perry Mason, season one (1957) - the classic lawyer-as-detective series.

Columbo, season one (1971) - a series that still stands up remarkably well with its intriguing inverted detective story format and its delightfully shabby but razor-sharp hero.

The Avengers - How To Succeed...At Murder (1966) - Steed and Mrs Peel in sparkling form.

Danger Man AKA Secret Agent, first season (1964) - the second incarnation of one of the great TV spy series.

Sherlock Holmes - The Resident Patient (1985) and The Empty House (1986) - with Jeremy Brett, the greatest Sherlock Holmes of them all.

Batman, season one (1966) - camp taken as far as it would go, and then some, but still fun.

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The Avengers - How To Succeed...At Murder

Jul. 4th, 2015 | 12:45 pm
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

In the light of Patrick Macnee’s recent death I thought I should revisit The Avengers, so last night I watched How To Succeed...At Murder.

This is one of the late Mrs Peel black-and-white stories with a Brian Clemens script and there’s plenty of fun to be had. One of the great joys of The Avengers was always the outrageous minor characters and they don’t come much more outrageous than perfume maestro J. J. Hooter, who gets some truly delicious lines.

Capturing the perfume sample in a tyre pump is a highlight, as is the mysterious Henrietta. It’s also interesting as an episode in which Steed is more than willing to use a gun.

This is an episode that certainly could not get made today but it really is throughly enjoyable silliness.

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James Mitchell’s The Man Who Sold Death

Jun. 12th, 2015 | 03:34 am
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

Fans of the wonderful Callan TV series might be interested in this review of James Munro’s 1964 spy novel The Man Who Sold Death. James Munro was a pseudonym used by James Mitchell, the creator of Callan. And there are some fascinating parallels between the hero of the novel and the hero of the TV series.

And it’s a fine spy thriller in its own right. Definitely worth a read.


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some more Cult TV blog updates

Jun. 6th, 2015 | 12:19 am
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

Some more Cult TV blog updates:

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (season one, 1955) - still my favourite out of all the mystery/thriler/horror anthology TV series of that era. Delightfully twisted.

Jason King (1971-72) - the most outrageous of the British action adventure series of the 60s and 70s. High camp overload but great fun.

Sherlock Holmes (1954) - Ronald Howard as a rather different, more human and more affable, Sherlock Holmes. A very underrated series.

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been watching any interesting cult TV?

May. 17th, 2015 | 02:15 am
posted by: dfordoom in cult_tv_lounge

I've just been watching an episode of Honey West. And last night I caught up with another old episode of The Saint (The Elusive Ellshaw).

Has anyone else here been watching any notable cult TV from the golden age recently?

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