The Time Tunnel for those unfamiliar was a television show from 1966. It was fun and campy and featured man of the same storytelling elements as Lost in Space did. It centers around Project Tic-Toc, a government funded project that is trying to create a time machine. Its ran by two doctors, Dr Douglas Phillips, and Dr Anthony Newman. The project has been going for 10 years and the government is finally tired of paying for it with no results being shown.
When a local senator visits and demands results he tells the doctors that they need to use their Time Tunnel to show him if it works or he will cut all their funding. Both jump through the tunnel, but they do not come back out. It turns out that they have been trapped in time and that leads us to the basis of the show. Both Tony and Doug jump from period to period while their friends back at the Time Tunnel office try to save them.
As it’s a show based on time travel we are able to see events of the past present and future. Doug and Tony are transported into the future where they are taking part in space travel to Mars and are mistaken for spies while on the moon. They hop back to 1910 during the Haley’s Comet fear that was gripping the nation only to bounce back to Pearl Harbor.
What gives the show an added sense of adventure is the crossing of stories. During each episode we of course watch Tony and Doug fight off bad guys and try to get home, but we always have the second tier story of the crew back at the Time Tunnel trying to save them. See they get caught up in all the jumps as well as they try to bring their friends back. At times they even come under attack from enemy forces as well.
Campy and just goofy most of the time what hurts the show is how it plays itself seriously. Granted you can’t take it seriously but boy do they try to play it off as such. It ran for a few years on ABC but never really got the big syndicated break like some of the other shows from the era did. Well now’s your chance to see it on Blu-ray and loaded with special features.
Koch Media has released the complete series on Blu-ray from the original airings. The transfer looks great and it even contains the unaired piolet episode, which sets the whole series up. It also includes
2002 Unaired TV Movie
Time Travelers TV Movie
Irwin Allen’s Behind The Scenes Home Movies
TV & Radio Spots
I was able to watch the first 6 episodes and I have to say they are good fun. Plus they look brand new thanks to the amazing video and audio transfer. Sci FI fans, as well as fans of good campy tv shows should definitely head out and pick this one up
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!