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THE IMMORTAL (1970-1971) to hit DVD very soon!

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by ClassicTVMan1981X, Oct 5, 2017.

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  1. Doug Wallen

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    Ep. 3 - White Elephants Don't Grow On Trees

    An ever down-on-his-luck dreamer who bid his last chance for custody of his son for leaking toxic gas canisters, must flee Fletcher and his men while transporting the tanks with Ben.

    Ross Martin (Wild Wild West), Mitch Vogel (Bonanza), William Wintersole, Ed Begley, Jr. (St. Elsewhere, 7th Heaven, Veronica Mars)

    Fletcher alert!

    I liked the opening, the first glimpse we have of Ben is him running. The entire first act is him running and outwitting his pursuers. I liked the introduction to Eddie and Jud. We have all probably known someone like them - dreaming of all they will do that is just out of their reach. Two characters I liked. The conflict in this one reminded me a lot of The Fugitive (Ben on the run, needs some help, receives it and then feels obligated to help his saviors in whatever way he can).

    It also helps that I really enjoy an appearance by Ross Martin. It also seems that Christopher George was fairly physical in this one (opening act especially).
     
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    I'm down to the last two screening these, and while I've enjoyed them, there is a bit of repetitive formula to them that should constitute a drinking game.

    In every episode...

    1) He has a fistfight (he's got a great stunt double who seems to do everything at twice the speed of normal Ben Richards - he really throws himself into these fights as if he just had some Walter White blue meth)

    2) There has to be car chase. Richards seems to have a car in most episodes. His adopted father gives him one in one episode, but it was featured in an earlier episode, which leads me to believe these stories are not really in order.

    3) A woman has to kiss him. The lengths they go through to make this happen in every single episode, is quite funny. It's normal for TV leads to be chick magnets, and maybe it's Richard's blood, but no matter where he goes, whether the woman is single or not, she is irresitably drawn to kiss him at some point in the show, no matter how random or out of the blue it happens.

    It was good to see Barry Sullivan return in a later episode. And in the same episode as Bruce Dern playing another of his patented hillbilly lowlifes.

    Vic Morrow does a great job playing a sadistic sheriff heavy in one episode. My childhood hero Sergeant Saunders gone to seed.

    I've enjoyed the show but it is basically The Fugitive recycled (and I'm sure that's how they pitched it). He's on the run. Instead of a one-armed man, he has to find his brother. He wanders around Southern California posing for other locations throughout the country. Wherever he goes, a random woman falls in love with him. God bless 60-70s TV!
     
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    I've only watched the first three shows, but I noticed that trend right away. When watching White Elephants Don't Grow On Trees" I was thinking, "Oh cool, an early TV version of Sorcerer." But it turned out to have a lot of repetitive story beats and never really dealt with the danger of the cargo to the fullest.
     
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    When he jumped in the back and started tossing the cannisters I started laughing and told my wife the bad guys are gonna have to avoid the explosions. :lol: I thought the explosions should have been larger based on the first one.
     
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    Ep. 3 - Reflections On A Lost Tomorrow

    Ben gets a job as a lab janitor for a doctor studying blood and longevity. Weaker, Maitland becomes a patient at the clinic, offering to buy their exclusive help, permanently.

    Jack Albertson (Chico And The Man, Poseidon Adventure), Rosemary Forsyth (Shenandoah), David Brian

    Fletcher Alert!!!

    Episode begins dealing with the possibility of Ben's brother as Ben is in town looking for someone from his memory of where he and his brother visited during their youth. Apparently cable access to medical gatherings was all the rage as Ben overhears info from a Doctor experimenting with "immortality". Ben searches out the Doctor, finds a beautiful daughter to charm while Maitland is trying to bribe the Doctor. Chasing ensues.

    Not a complex story, but a pleasant reminder of a fun hour of television I looked forward to each week.
     
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    P. 4 - The Legacy

    Ben helps a female social worker/teacher treating a group of Mexican American rogues out for enough money through unsafe mining to move on to better things.

    Mario Alcalde (Peyton Place), Susan Howard (Petrocelli, Dallas), Manuel Padilla, Jr. (Tarzan)

    Even though I enjoy seeing Susan Howard, I felt this was a weak entry. Story not very compelling, nearly put me to sleep a couple of times. All characters seemed out for themselves. Also, no Fletcher.
     
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    This episode felt like it should have aired after the pilot. I like this more than the straight car chase episodes. You almost could have filmed this with a little tweak as an Incredible Hulk episode 10 years later.
     

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