Day: August 5, 2018

Space: Above And Beyond – The Outer Limits – ER – Murder One – tape 2158

This tape opens with the end of an episode of MASH. Just now, my wife (who’s well aware of the blog’s curse and my life’s general maelstrom of synchronicity) asked me if Alan Alda is going to die. She asked because two musicians she follows on Twitter mentioned him recently, and she thought it was odd two people doing that. So I had to admit that this tape that I’ve just started looking at literally starts with Alan Alda.

I hope you’re keeping well, Mr Alda.

Next, there’s an episode of Space Above and Beyond called The Farthest Man From Home. the eponymous man is discovered on a planet by troops.

Eew – one of the wildcards is watching porn. No, he really is, in the crew room, with everyone else there.

The man from the planet is a survivor of the Tellus colony, the first Earth colony to be attacked in the war. He’s played by French Stewart, almost unrecognisable from his role in 3rd Rock From The Sun.

Lt West, who was supposed to be on the mission to Tellus before he was removed at the last minute, believes there are other survivors, and hopes to find his girlfirend. So he goes AWOL in a ship. The programme is at pains to establish how evil the alien ‘chigs’ are. They even shoot a dog.

He does actually find survivors.

After this, an episode of The Outer Limits. It’s starts off well, in 1966, a creepy looking man wakes up to a strange woman in his apartment. She tells him that in 1996 he was found guilty of murdering 12 women, and sentenced to death, and she’s there to carry out the sentence. She’s played by Amanda Plummer.

Michelle Forbes plays an FBI investigator, who’s investigating old cases like the man we just saw being shot. They’re linked by the same weapon, but otherwise there’s no link (except, of course, they’re all white men).

Her partner is a whiny ‘nice guy’. He asks her out, but she’s spending the evening with her boyfriend. ‘nice guy’ thinks she can do better.

Forbes gets a break, when a fingerprint at the scene of the crime leads her to Plummer, but the crime was 30 years ago, so it seems more like an admin screw up.

But Plummer returns to the crime scene 30 years ago, wipes the fingerprint, and we see time change in the present.

Inevitably, Forbes discovers the truth, and in a very tense scene, goes back into the past to follow Plummer who has gone back into her own past to kill her own kidnapper and rapist.

This is, genuinely, really good. It has elements of Minority Report (which movie it predates, although the source story predates this) and echoes of Terminator, with a nice feminist slant.

I know I’m a sucker for Time Travel stories, but this one is a little gem. I was getting a bit sad about the amount of The Outer Limits I have recorded, but once in a while it delivers something like this that I can thoroughly enjoy. And it’s nice to see Michelle Forbes outside of Star Trek, as well as Amanda Plummer, an actor I always enjoy watching.

After this, over to Channel 4 and er. It’s an episode called True Lies, and I bet nobody rides a horse into a lift or jumps on the wing of a harrier jump jet.

But it does have a cameo appearance by old time comedian Red Buttons.

William H Macy’s Dr Morgenstern comes into the ER in a kilt, having injured himself trying to throw the caber. He’s so out of it he even plays the bagpipes.

Later, his cousins arrive at the ER with the Haggis and more bagpipes. There’s the most bizarre accent from one of them that starts off faux scottish and ends up somewhere near Crocodile Dundee.

Then, it’s back in time for Murder, for episode 3 of Murder One. One thing I like about it is that, although the production is shot on film, TV footage is presented at 60 fields per second, as it would be. A nice bit of verisimilitude.

Oh look, the weaselly intern arrives.

These earlier episodes feature more than just the Jessica Costello case. Here’s Marc McClure as a financial investor who embezzled millions from his clients and gambled the money away at the racetrack.

Julie Costello and RIchard Cross bring Jessica’s diary to Teddy.

The creepy and obviously evil Dr Graham Lester is supposed to be looking after Neil Avedon.

And there’s also the first appearance of Melissa Griotte, played by future Skylar White Anna Gunn.

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 20th March 1996 – 23:15

In the ad breaks, there’s an advert in The Times which solemnly intones: “What we perceive as a climate of bewildering change, children perceive as normality”

In amongst a lot of flashing images, it has this screenshot. Is this normality for my children?

There’s also this advert for Kodak Image Magic, the beginnings of digital photography.


  • trail: The Mask
  • Daz – Shane Richie
  • Solpadeine
  • Kit e Kat
  • KFC
  • Hellmann’s Dijonnaise
  • Mr Kipling
  • Woolworth’s
  • trail: Sky Sports in April
  • trail: The Mask
  • Polaroid
  • Coca Cola
  • Lego System
  • Toy Story in cinemas
  • Domestos
  • Privilege Insurance
  • Burger King
  • trail: The X Files
  • trail: The Commish
  • Plenitude
  • Kodak Image Magic
  • Kit Kat
  • BT – Bob Hoskins
  • Pantene
  • trail: Clear and Present Danger
  • trail: The Mask
  • Surf
  • Kleenex
  • UK Gold
  • Jif
  • First Direct
  • trail: JAG
  • trail: Clear and Present Danger
  • trail: Football
  • Gaviscon
  • Always
  • Hula Hoops – Harry Enfield Paul Whitehouse
  • Bran Flakes
  • Bacardi
  • trail: Robocop 3
  • trail: Wolf
  • Polaroid
  • Predictor
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Sensodyne
  • Comfort
  • Ford Mondeo
  • trail: The X Files
  • National Lottery
  • McDonalds
  • Mary Poppins on video
  • Argos
  • The TImes
  • Kenco
  • Nicotinell
  • Rover
  • Burger King
  • Lion Bar
  • Air Canada
  • Direct Line
  • Greece
  • Philadelphia