11
Jul
09

The Return of Steve Canyon!

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Who’s the best pilot you ever saw? You’re lookin’ at ‘em! Dean Fredericks as Milton Caniff’s famed newspaper strip U.S. Air Force troubleshooter, Stevenson B. Canyon. Today I go gaga over the return of this vintage 1958 television masterpiece, the most expensive television show of it’s day.

A few months back, I ran this story : In 1970, while assigned to the71st FIS at Maelstrom AFB, Montana, a pilot ejected during an inflight emergency.  The flyer somehow got himself into a flat spin — considered generally unrecoverable in an F-106 — and he did what the flight handbook said to do — get out of it, i.e. eject. After the pilot did just that, 58-0787 recovered itself from this “unrecoverable” situation.  In a vain attempt to break the spin, the pilot had lowered half flaps, rolled in takeoff trim, and throttled the engine back to an approach power setting. After the ejection, the aircraft recovered from the spin on its own, and established a wings level low rate descent under reduced power to the ground.  Ground effect broke its rate of descent, and it settled into a near-perfect gentle belly landing in a farmer’s snow-covered cornfield. http://drexfiles.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/sent-to-the-cornfield/

That really grabbed a lot of us by the imagination, and I think that it was Jim Busby who said it reminded him of an old “Steve Canyon” episode. That kind of sent a thunderbolt through me, because it’s rare someone brings “Steve Canyon” up in conversation. Naturally it would be Jim. ”Steve Canyon” left a big impression on me when I was a kid. It ran on both ABC and NBC between the years 1958 and 1961. I had the helmet, and the toy jet fighter console. I LOVED that show, and had not seen it  since 1962. We enthused a bit. I was pretty sure that my love was mostly nostalgic.

Well as fate would have it, guess who is reading the drex files? John Ellis of the Milton Caniff Estate, whose passion and madness is to see “Steve Canyon” restored. John got busy and produced three volumes of Steve Canyon beautifully transferred from the original 35mm prints. They are positively stunning. One of televisions original adventure shows, unseen for like 48 years. The next thing I know, I’m slappin’ that DVD home… I gotta tell ‘ya, I was pretty sure it was gonna’ be kid stuff… and holy mackeral! It ain’t! I was blown away. The stories are teriffic, including one written by Ray Bradbury.

Steve Canyon was like a live recruiting poster for the USAF, and the series literally had an open checkbook as far as the Air Force was concerned. The hardware in this show is astonishing. None of the aircraft or their cockpits are sets. They’ve got the real thing workin’ for them. The Air Force even flew scene specific missions for the show. No stinkin’ models or CG here! ; )

(Below) Steve at the controls of a B-29 Superfortress, No aircraft sets for this show. The Air Force made sure they had whatever they wanted.

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But it get’s better, “Steve Canyon” is crawling with Star Trek alumnus before they were Star Trek alumnus… circa 1959. Look…

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Deforest Kelly.

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Morgan Woodward, aka Captain Ron Tracy\Simon Van Gelder… and he’s  not crazy!

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John Hoyt, aka Dr. Boyce.

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Paul Comi, aka Lt Stiles from “Balance of Terror”… assigned to the same seat!

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Tige Andrews, aka the Klingon Kras from “Friday’s Child”. I believe he was the second Klingon ever, following Colicos.

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Leonard Nimoy.

Good grief! The hardware on display is awesome.. and the picture is so crisp and clear that the beauty of the technology is breathtaking. There was a sequence in a B-29 cockpit that had my eyes popping out of my head! The transfers are amazing. No one has ever seen these shows like this before.

For me it’s a whole new experience because during the shows first run, we were watching it over fishbone\coathangar rooftop antennae! No kidding! Dorth and I are going through them one by one, and they are like pistachios… you just can’t stop.

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(Above) See what I mean? No plywood sets happening here. It positively amazing.
Now, thanks to John Ellis, here is a taste of his restoration project, and a little background on “Steve Canyon”
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(Above) Dean Fredericks was hand picked by Milton Caniff the creator of Steve Canyon, to portray his high flying adventurer.

As a kid, I ate this up with a spoon! You too, right Rick? And know what? As an adult I am eating it up with a spoon all over again -

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Yes, that’s me, with my “Steve Canyon” helmet from 1958, and it still fits!

Here is the pitch! What I’m asking, what this eight year old kid is asking of you… is go to John’s site… go to John’s site and buy the first season of “Steve Canyon” for a mere 20 bucks! If you do that, John will be able to finish the rest of the series, and I get to see it! Look at the tons of stuff I’ve layed out here over the last 8 months! It’s gotta be worth at least 20 bucks!  Besides, I guarantee you will love these shows, and you will be helping preserve television history!

http://stevecanyondvd.blogspot.com/

Oh… and here is one more cool thing… by special arrangement with the Caniff Estate, the drex files will be running Milton Caniff’s “Steve Canyon” newspaper strip, and will be alternating with Dick Tracy! Watch for it!

More on the” Steve Canyon” Newspaper strip – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Canyon


233 Responses to “The Return of Steve Canyon!”


  1. 1 Matt Boardman
    August 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Ok, just watched “The Gift” and “Operation Big Thunder” today.

    “The Gift”

    Loved this one! It was a very, very touching story and I loved the message of it. As soon as I saw tha Ray Bradbury had written it, I knew instantly why it was so good. I also got a big chuckle out of the Santa mask! But hey, the kids loved it!

    I don’t know why, but I love the C-47! Can you imagine what a thrill this all would have been for those kids?

    “Operation Big Thunder”

    This one was just plain fun! It was also nice to see Steve in action away from a plane. He’s been flying the B-52 in a lot of the past few episodes.

    I love Steve’s solution to the problem between the Air Force and the people of Big Thunder. The scene where the guy walks back in with one guy over his shoulder and dragging the others was classic! Teach you to pick a fight with an officer! :D Oh, and the shiner that Steve is sporting in the last scene is priceless!

    • 2 DeanneM
      August 16, 2009 at 12:46 am

      Just watched these two during breaks and such today. I really liked the Gift, too, but I had to wince just a little at the meaning of Christmas, being a Christian, after all. But it was definitely heart warming that people were willing to put personal needs aside and take in the children and give them a happy holiday! I got a kick out of that Santa mask, too! :)

      I liked the C-47, too. Nice to see one in action, since I hadn’t before.

      Operation Big Thunder was quite enjoyable, too. I had to say “oh ya” with a big smile when he dragged the three guys back into the bar. :D Someone will think twice about jumping an Air Force officer in the alley, for sure! I wasn’t sure why Steve didn’t stop shaving, except that he may have been showing the guy he wasn’t all that important to give Steve’s undivided attention to…then I saw the eye. Great!

      • 3 Matt Boardman
        August 16, 2009 at 11:54 am

        I felt the same way about The Gift too, Dea. But like you said, it was a heart warming moment to see people putting aside their needs to take the children in and make sure that they enjoyed that magical time of year. :)

      • August 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

        Bob Hoy told me he nearly hurt his back dragging/carrying those guys back into the bar…I believe we talked about it on the commentary track…any of youse guys and gals (hi Dea!) view any episodes with the commentary tracks yet?

        Both series regular actor Abel Fernandez and USAF Special Liason (to the series) Col. Dean Hess told me that the subject matter to OPERATION BIG THUNDER was happening for real and was a big problem at the time across the country…

  2. 5 deg
    August 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Watched:

    OPERATION DIPLOMAT: That was fun, and if I recall, that was a C-47 as well, dea. IIRC. I love that bird too, Matt. Always have. Just great lines on ‘er, eh.

    OPERATION FIREBEE. One ADAM-12, one ADAM-12, see the man… Martin Milner, taken care o’ Looey, eh. I like that eps. Lotsa shots of the 102, and the Firebee is cool too.

    Then a slew o’ 52 eps.

    OPERATION B-52: Richard “Oscar Goldman” Anderson, spendin’ some time with a Steve before Austin. Lotsa great 52 footage, eh. Nice re-fueling footage too.

    OPERATION CRASH LANDING: Wow! Great (semi)crash footage of the Big B-FIVE-TWO! I like the way they did not let you know for sure if the meningitis stricken guy (forgot his name) was going to make it or not. And this eps. had a monkey in it! And a crazy one at that! But hey, are they trying to imply playing with monkeys may get you meningitis? Or is it smoking perhaps? Ah, what he heck, Here ya go kid (tosses four nails at him). Smoke up, Johnny! And that’s what ya get for spillin’ paint in the garage!

    OPERATION MUSHROOM: Basically a docu-drama of an H-Bomb test. Seeing as I love watching The History Channel, great stuff. Great footage of Fred, and all those birds, lots I didn’t know and/or hadn’t seen before. That’s rare for me, kinda. But Steve called ‘em out, all except the one fighter with the swept-wing and the dual engines under the stab. I know that bird, just can’t recall her name… Pretty amazing footage all through that eps., eh.

    THE GIFT: I was actually kinda disappointed in this eps., knowing it was RB. I guess I expected (see where that gets ya) something different. It was OK, I just don’t care for seemingly blatant attempts at trying to pull my heart-strings by writing dour-eyed kids into a story. But that’s just me. Despite that, I did go with it and get my heart-strings tugged a bit, eh.

    I like how, The Quiet Man’s Sean McClory was wearing the tight sport-jacket, that just happened to fit Dean like a run-way model. As they were walking along the compound fence, I was like, could wardrobe not mange to get a jacket to fit that Sean’s belly-girth. And then when Steve asked for it, it all came together and made freshy-fresh-fresh star-o’-the-show fashion sense, eh. :)

    I love this show. Thanks Doug for the heads-up on it, and John for it, eh. :)

    LLP,
    deg

    • 6 DeanneM
      August 16, 2009 at 10:45 am

      You’re correct, I believe, about the C-47 Diplomat. I’m gonna have to take another look at these because I’m fitting them in on the fly some days and not always right in front of the TV the whole time…too much going on, but it makes like interesting!

      I really enjoyed Firebee with Mr. Milner. I loved it when he found out who was shooting at the clays and not missing!

      About the jacket fashion comments, I was right there with ya!! :) “Oh, so Steve looks perfect in it….ahh, now I get it!”

      • 7 deg
        August 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

        Yeah, And I’m pretty sure there was a 47 here or there in the earlier eps. as well, eh. As I always smile inside when I see one, like you Matt. And she was a pretty well-worked bird, thus pretty common place.

        When I was at Wright-Patterson this early summer thay had one of course. And had some pretty cool (and surprising to me) stats on her, that I didn’t know, that I can’t recall right now, LOL.

        Something along the lines of it being the most used transport for the longest time, and something about her engines too. There was sO much to take in there in one afternoon running pretty much through the hangers to at least glimpse it all. I could spend a week there reading and still need another three weeks to really take it all in proper like.

        LLP,
        deg

      • 8 Matt Boardman
        August 16, 2009 at 11:44 am

        There’s a museum in Kalamazoo, MI that they call the Air Zoo that we took our son to during the holidays. Part of it is dedicated to space flight, part to modern aircraft, and the other part is a WWII aviation. As you can imagine, I was in heaven! They have a C-47 that you can go inside and sit down in the seats that the paratroopers sat in and see the all too familiar jump light. Was a very surreal experience for me. :)

      • 9 deg
        August 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm

        Oooo, way-cool, dude. Sounds fun fer sure! You’re not to far from me then, as I’m just westa Chicago, eh. Bud of mine went to school in Kalamazoo. Such a fun word to say. :D

        LLP,
        deg

    • August 16, 2009 at 11:01 am

      Oh and I like Dean’s “next week” promo for OPERATION DIPLOMAT that we saw already, as John lined ‘em up in production order as opposed to airing order. Star Trek did the same thing. At least on the VHS tapes. Not sure about the DVDs,

      LLP,
      deg

      • 11 Matt Boardman
        August 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

        The Trek DVD’s have them lined up by original airdate. I always used to get tripped up by the VHS of TNG when “Skin of Evil” came in order before “Symbiosis” as Tasha was killed and then in the next episode! :D

        Speaking of promos, did anyone else get a kick out of the Untouchables promos? “Money can’t buy them, but bullets could hurt them!” Still, was cool to see a young Robert Stack in that promo as Elliot Ness! :)

      • August 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

        Yeah, I like seeing all the old promo ads, including that one, Matt. I was struck by the acting method of the time during the shoot-out at the end, when the guy gets hit in the upper-chest, and dramatically grabs the spot and keels over. Acting was so theater hammy in those days.

        Argggh, ya gots me!

        LOL :D

        I guess the bullets do hurt.

        LLP,
        deg

    • 13 Matt Boardman
      August 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

      I loved it in Firebee when they realized who each other is and that next moment of realization of what is about to happen, especially based on Steve’s accuracy at the shooting range. Good ol’ Looey! Loved it when those Firebee’s blew up!

      • August 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm

        Yeah, that was a qiddy moment, eh. Why you! Oh no, not you! Aw, geez… ol’ Looey’s a goner now fer sure. One ADAM-12, one ADAM-12, see the firebee… shots fired…

        Oh the pain…

        I thought the title read Operation Frisbee at first, and I was wonderin’, what the heck this eps. was gonna be about… a fun day with Steve at the beach playin’ Frisbee? :D

        LLP,
        deg

  3. August 16, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Ahhhhh….so that’s why the episode order on the disks doesn’t agree with the order on IMDB!
    Never occurred to me he authored the DVD’s in production order.

    • August 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

      Ah, glad I could help clear that up for ya, drjim.

      And yeah, Matt, I could see where seeing Tasha again would throw ya. Skin of Evil was like a punch in the gut when it killed TY, eh.

      And then ya see her walkin’ around again in TE, eh.

      Oh the pain…

      LLP,
      deg

    • August 16, 2009 at 5:47 pm

      I added/corrected 95% of the IMDB info myself right off of the studio credit documents for each episode…and am STILL making corrections/additions here and there…such as that SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE SOMETIME posted on the internet that Bob Hoy’s name in the series was Charlie…and it stuck and I didn’t even pay any attention to it on IMDB…until I recently noticed in the SC episode THE FIGHT that they called him Pete…it’s the only time they use his first name in the series.

      I corrected that…and the fact that the Big Thunder “Tower Operator” played by Robert Sampson (“Sar 6″ In Star Trek TOS “A taste of Armageddon”) actually identifies himself as “Sgt. Walsh” on the phone in the very last Canyon episode SABOTAGE!

      I agonized over the “what order to release the shows” issue for months…finally deciding on order of FILMING, not by airdate nor Production number nor completion date…and I stand by that decision as the only order that really makes any sense.

      Now isn’t this WAY too much information ;)

  4. August 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    The two episodes I remember from my childhood are “The Gift”, and “Operation Intercept”. I remember “The Gift” because of the scene where the little girl is in the cockpit with him, and when they break through the clouds, and all the starts come out, he tells her “There’s your Christmas tree”.
    I remember “operation Intercept” because, right before he fires the missile to take the bomber down, he says “May God forgive me”, as they weren’t sure if there was still a live crewman onboard.
    Very powerful stuff!

  5. 21 DeanneM
    August 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I’d kinda like to see an ep titled “Operation Frisbee”, it could be fun and I’ve always liked that word. :)

    Now I’m itchin’ to get over your direction, you two, and see these very fine sounding museums! I have a couple of pretty good ones around here and have been planning to get to them very soon. I’m probably gonna hit Falcon Field in a few weeks, before the fall semester starts, but I’ll go back when Sentimental Journey gets home from her summer tour. I’ve been wanting to go up in the T6 Texan trainer, but that would put me back $275…I’m seeing about getting a few people to go up in the C-45, which is just $295 for 4 people. Do they offer the rides at your midwest museums?

    • August 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

      Oooo, sounds fun, dea!

      Ya know, I never had the chance to look into it. There are all kinds of airports are here that offer rides for sale, but not sure if any have any vintage birds to go soarin’ around in.

      Used to fly up to the Oshkosh, WI air show ( http://www.airventure.org ) years ago and you could go up and fly in war-birds up there, but have not been in years.

      LLP,
      deg

    • August 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

      That really sounds like fun Dea! Didn’t know they did that anywhere.

      • 24 DeanneM
        August 19, 2009 at 9:55 pm

        You can actually go up in Sentimental Journey, which I haven’t had the pleasure to do, but Doug said that he has. :) She’s always touring during the hot months, but should be back within a couple of months. I’m happy to just gaze at her!!

      • 25 DeanneM
        August 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm

        If you’d like a look at the beautiful lady, she graces the front page of the Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, along with our small but fun fleet.

        http://www.azcaf.org/

      • August 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm

        Holy Jiminy Cricket on a cracker! Wait, I would actually eat ol’ Jiminy Cricket, eh. You know that, right…? ;)

        Anywho, wowsers! what I’d give to get to fly in that gal!

        What a beaut’!

        LLP,
        deg

      • August 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm

        Opps, I mean I WOULDN’T eat ol’ Jiminy!

        Oh the horror! I’ll save ya, Jiminy Cricket!

        PLL,
        deg

      • 28 Matt Boardman
        August 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

        Man! I’m sad that I didn’t end up coming to Phoenix today because this would have been fun to see tomorrow!

      • 29 DeanneM
        August 20, 2009 at 9:07 pm

        So you didn’t get out there after all?!

        You didn’t miss the B17 because she isn’t there right now, but there is a lot of fun aircraft besides her there, and the Pima ASM is just a couple hours from Phoenix, which is loaded with goodies!

        If you come out to visit your sister sometime soon, I’ll be happy to show you and your family around a bit.

      • 30 Matt Boardman
        August 20, 2009 at 9:36 pm

        Yeah, sadly no wedding, but we’ll cross our fingers that it’ll happen someday. So far the whole thing has been a train wreck.

  6. August 16, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I’m loving all of the discussion of the episodes here! SOrry I’ve been distracted by other things…

    Operation Firebee was actually the very last episode completed…having sat “on the shelf” for 4 months for some unknown reason…it was the last episode scored (on May 8th 1959, and the last new episode aired (on June 2, 1959).

    Producer David Haft commented that “the episode was never really finished” and that he never got to see it, as he had moved on to other things by the time it aired.

    One cool thing is the F-102 target screens they show in the episode…those are real. And if you listen to the commentary track you’ll hear that there are TWO different Looey’s in the show…and that the other pilot (Richard Crane) played the title role in the earlier (and very cool) ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER TV series!

    • August 20, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      Sweet, thanks John! Target-screen coolness, and ROCKY JONES, SPACE RANGER to boot!

      LLP,
      deg

      • August 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

        I forgot to mention that one of those ground-crew guys is Paul Mantee (star of Robinson Crusoe On Mars)…he said it was his first job in Hollywood! I’ve looked and looked and haven’t been able to pick him out though…

        Vootie! deg ;)

      • August 20, 2009 at 4:08 pm

        I love that film, just watched it recently. So did Doug. Mantee kinda reminds me of Doug, looks-wise, eh.

        LLP,
        deg

      • August 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm

        Robinson Crusoe On Mars is one of my favorite films of all time…I rented a copy on 16mm film (from Films Incorporated, I believe) circa 1974 to screen for our Star Trek club meeting in WPB Florida…discovered it was a pristine, brand spanking new print (“still wet from the lab” as we say)…I ended up screening it again for my mother in our living room before shipping it back!

        It still captures my imagination like few other SF films or that time or since. You know parts of it were inspired by Stanley G. Weinbaum’s seminal 1934 SF novel MARTAIN ODDYSEY? Sadly Weinbaum died in 1935, but that story (and it’s sequel VALLEY OF DREAMS) has inspired a lot of writers and filmmakers over the years. A friend of mine owns the movie rights…so maybe someday…!

        ANYWAY, Circa 2001 I was having a meeting in Hollywood at a small independent (but prolific) studio with a producer concerning providing VFX for one of their films. I looked up and saw a poster for RCOM framed on his wall, and after a thought, said “Are you related to Aubrey Schenck?”. He admitted that the RCOM Producer was indeed his (uncle, father, grandfather…don’t remember) and was suprised and delighted that I made the connection, and we talked for a few minutes about RCOM. It was fun.

        Then he mentioned the word…you know that word…the most horriblest of words in Hollywood…

        …remake.

        I smiled and tried to hide my true emotions…but I probably failed, as I never did do any work for them…and my meeting was set up by their head writer, so it was a “sweetheart deal”.

        Hopefully the only Robinson Crusoe On Mars EVER will be the 1964 original.

      • August 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm

        ANNNNNNNND, it had a monkey in it!!!

        Mona the Monkey! Oh you rascal, RC hadda starved to death be without you!

        LLP,
        deg

      • August 20, 2009 at 5:56 pm

        I forgot I was gonna add “You just got a thing for Mona!”…but I forgot…

        …senility sets in quickly I

  7. August 20, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hey, RCOM not only had a monkey in it, it had a BATMAN!
    One of my faves, too. I still remember my Dad taking me to see it.
    As far as the CAF goes, I contribute every year to get get FIFI flying again.

  8. August 20, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Hey Thanks doc for the plug on your page…very cool! ;)

  9. August 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    My pleasure!
    Thanks for making these DVD’s available.

  10. 41 DeanneM
    September 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Hey deg, seen “Operation Souvenir” yet? It’s got some monkey business goin’ on, eh? :D

    I really enjoyed “Operation Nose Wheel”, as I mentioned in the latest SC strip posting, and found the next two episodes good, but in a very different sense. Were there really any Japanese holding prisoners 15 years after the war ended that didn’t know?! That seemed rather odd, but heck, I don’t know everything! :)

    • September 2, 2009 at 2:46 am

      Yep Dea…Brad Ulvila and I talk about that on the commentary track…I don’t know about them holding prisoners, but there are documented cases of Japanese soldiers hiding and carrying on the fight that I’ve heard of as late as 1985!

      Google turned up this forum discussion:

      http://worldwartwozone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12335

      It sounds kinda far fetched today…but like OPERATION BIG THUNDER. OPERATION INTERCEPT, THE MUELLER STORY and others, they were trying to be topical and do stories “snatched from the headlines”…and yes, the last two I mentioned aren’t out yet, there in Volume 3 coming later this year.

      I also think in some fashion that OPERATION SOUVENIR was an attempt to be topical…And Capt. Maggie Gallagher (Elena Verdugo) was supposed to be a regular, but for some reason that nobody remembers she only was in the one episode…AND in the last Dell Steve Canyon comic book in the summer of 1959!

    • September 2, 2009 at 7:08 am

      No, I have yet to get to it, dea. Been busy of late.

      And yeah, like John mentioned, I recall a while back a (relatively) modern news-story about the Japanese soldier that was finally found on an island, thinking that the war was still going on.

      It may be the one John linked, I’ll have to check it it. If so, wow, that was 24 years ago?!

      LLP,
      deg

  11. September 10, 2009 at 10:21 am

    OPERATION BIG THUNDER

    Show format change to Steve as CO and a cast of regulars to come. Steve kickin’ ass and takin’ names. Devoid of AF mech. :( Other than Steve hangin’ a pic of his beloved 102 on the wall. He must have been feelin’ the pain as well. And Trek alumni-to-be, Vanderberg, from The Devil in the Dark, Ken Lynch. And Jerry Paris, Rob’s old neighbor, and the man who would become the man behind Happy Days as the series director.

    THE SEARCH

    Interesting spin of a show here, drama laid on thick, crazy style in spades. And Trek alumni-to-be, who was that young man behind the board…?

    OPERATION NOSE WHEEL

    Holy flying monkeys w/out a nose wheel! I was on the edge of my injector seat throughout this whole frakkin’ episode! I sO would have bailed, rollover or otherwise! And what friggin’ footage! How cool was that?!!! Makes up for the void of AF mech two eps. back, eh.

    Oh yeah John, you asked if anyone had been listening to the commentary tracks… I save those until I am done seeing all the eps., then I put them on and listen to ‘em while I work. So I’ll get to them rest assured. ;)

    Thanks again, John and Doug, for all the fun and thrills!

    LLP,
    deg

    • 46 DeanneM
      September 10, 2009 at 6:51 pm

      That Op Nose Wheel was a doggone good one, eh? It was great to see Spock so human looking! :)

      I, too, like to watch the show first and then plan to watch with the commentaries, but I like your idea of listening because I don’t foresee when I’ll have time to watch them all again in a timely manner! :)

      • September 11, 2009 at 8:47 am

        Yeah, dea, one of my fav things to listen to while working are commentary tracks, on stuff I have seen before. This way, with it’s playing off to the side in my peripheral vision, I can just glance over when needed, and don’t have to follow frame-by-frame, as I have seen it already so I know the lay of the land already, so-to-speak. :)

        Fun stuff and way to get it all heard if you love hearing BTS production facts like I do. And I think you do, eh. ;)

        LLP,
        deg

  12. September 14, 2009 at 5:54 am

    There’s a lot if interesting info in those commentary tracks…including an interesting revelation about that Star Trek Tos fave DEVIL IN THE DARK…you know I forgot about Ken Lynch being in both Canyon and Trek…and you know somewhere around here I have some audio track-only bloopers from DEVIL…somebody fished them out of the Paramount trash (apparently) back in 1967!

    • 49 DeanneM
      September 14, 2009 at 7:45 am

      Bloopers?! I love bloopers! So much so that I make my own every day – but I don’t record them so that there’s no evidence! :)

      John, that would be something to hear…fished out of the trash, HA!

    • September 14, 2009 at 9:35 am

      Yeah, that would be cool to hear, eh. TDITD is the eps. The Shat lost is father during production. He had to leave set to go home. He says for that reason it is the show he recalls the most clearly. Understandably so. :(

      LLP,
      deg


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