Hello again, everyone!
It’s been awhile, but #Bond_age_TV is back tomorrow night with another Avengers/Hawaii Five-0 double feature. First up will be The Avengers, in an episode called The Master Minds. A series of thefts baffles the government, especially as it appears that well-respected members of that very same government are caught red-handed. Steed and Mrs. Peel are called in to investigate. Will they get to the bottom of it? Find out at 9 pm EST tomorrow in the first half of our programming.
Then, at 10 pm EST, Hawaii Five-0 is featured with the episode Twenty-Four Karat Kill. McGarrett and Five-0 learn that somebody is smuggling gold into Hawaii, and they’re determined to put a stop to it. The episode is the one where Jack Lord first utters the catchphrase “Book ’em, Danno.” So come join the fun and enjoy the Hawaiian scenery as we watch a piece of TV history. Both programs will be livetweeted under the #Bond_age_TV hashtag. Be here! Aloha!
Hello again, everyone!
It’s cold outside, but inside #Bond_age_TV HQ, everything is warming up with our new season of programming. We’re continuing our look at those two venerable TV institutions, The Avengers and Hawaii Five-0. This week’s double feature kicks off with The Avengers episode The Gravediggers. Steed and Mrs. Peel undertake an investigation into strange failures of the British Distant Early Warning system. The deeper they dig, the situation goes from bad to worse (or is that hearse?).
The second half of this week’s #Bond_age_TV feature is The Hawaii Five-0 episode Samurai. McGarrett and Five-0 find themselves investigating the death of a witness in a court case against a Hawaiian crime boss (played by Ricardo Montalban). At the same time, they have to prevent his death at the hands of Japanese assassins. I’m not going to lie, Montalban playing Asian is not exactly politically correct, but still, he’s Ricardo Montalban.
The fun starts this Wednesday at 9 pm EST. Just follow the #Bond_age_TV hashtag. Be here! Aloha!
Hello, ladies and gentlemen!
This Wednesday marks the beginning of a new season of #Bond_age_TV goodness! We’re kicking off the new season with two iconic series: The Avengers and Hawaii Five-0! At 9 pm EST, we feature the first pairing of John Steed and Emma Peel in the first episode of The Avengers’s fourth season, The Town of No Return! Agents keep disappearing from a small seaside town in Norfolk, and it’s up to Steed and Mrs. Peel to get to the bottom of it. Then, at 10 pm EST, Hawaii Five-0 takes over the spotlight as we livetweet the pilot episode, Full Fathom Five! McGarrett and the cops of Five-0 find themselves dealing with conman and murderer who preys on older widows, played by Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). It’s gonna be a great time, so I hope you can join us this Wednesday for all-new #Bond_age_TV fun!
Hello again, everyone! I’m happy and excited to begin #Bond_age_TV’s latest look back into the heady world of 60s spy shows. The ending of Man From UNCLE made the future of the genre uncertain. American society was changing, and disenchantment with spies and foreign intrigue was translating into series getting cancelled. TV producers had to adapt or die. To that end, the spy shows were being blended with another TV mainstay: the cop show. Shows like Mission:Impossible started focusing instead on Organized Crime within the USA, as opposed to foreign governments. But the idea of battling foreign agents didn’t go away completely. In September of 1968, a show appeared which would find a perfect mixture of the spy show/cop show dynamic: Hawaii Five-0.
As a series, Hawaii Five-0 had the best of both worlds. It was primarily a cop show, featuring a crew of cops who worked in the exotic backdrop of Hawaii’s big island, fighting crooks and Organized Crime. At the same time, it could expand itself out into the world of the spy show by bringing international intrigue to the islands. This is laid out from the very beginning of the series, starting with the pilot TV movie, ‘Cocoon.’ The film features Steve McGarrett (as played by Jack Lord), investigating the supposed accidental death of an old friend from the Navy. Along the way he comes across the man who would become his archnemesis, Chinese agent Wo Fat (played by Khigh Dheigh). They would face one another numerous times over the run of the show, which turned out to be one of the longest running cop shows on TV. ‘Cocoon’ first aired on September 20th, 1968, and it was the start of what would turn out to be a 12-year run on TV, which would only be surpassed by Law & Order over 20 years later. This coming Wednesday, #Bond_age_TV is proud to invite one and all to livetweet the movie that started it all, starting at 9pm EST. Use the #Bond_age_TV hashtag. Be here. Aloha!