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paul.dillien
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Some UK shows to make you homesick
paul.dillien   4/27/2016 5:03:44 PM
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How about:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?  As I press the black button a black light comes on...

Or you may prefer Red Dwarf, or Doctor Who visiting the Stone Age in his Tardis?

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Re: Some UK shows to make you homesick
Max The Magnificent   4/27/2016 5:08:58 PM
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@Paul: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

The books -- brilliant

But the film? Meh!

 

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elizabethsimon   4/27/2016 6:24:59 PM
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 RE: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

I never saw the film but read the books and listened to the radio show that a friend had taped. Based on this review, I might as well skip the film...

If the film isn't that good, what about artwork from a book cover?

Actually, that might work for a number of books that never got made into movies...

 

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 11:07:50 AM
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@Elizabeth: I never saw the film but read the books and listened to the radio show that a friend had taped. Based on this review, I might as well skip the film...

I heard the original radio show when it first came out in the UK -- it was brilliant -- the books were brilliant also -- they did a TV version taht was pretty dreadful -- the film had access to great effects -- bit it was a pathetic realization as far as I'm concerned -- so bad that I would recommend NOT seeing it just so you aren't disappointed (sad face).

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 11:09:25 AM
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@Elizabeth: ...If the film isn't that good, what about artwork from a book cover? Actually, that might work for a number of books that never got made into movies...

That's a good idea!!!

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Re: Some UK shows to make you homesick
jimfordbroadcom   4/29/2016 8:49:48 PM
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@Max, I agree 100%.  Something obviously got lost in the translation from book to movie, as is often the case for some reason.

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jimfordbroadcom   4/29/2016 8:50:57 PM
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Sorry.  Commenting on and agreeing with your review of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books and movie(s).

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Max The Magnificent   4/27/2016 5:11:16 PM
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@Paul: Or you may prefer Red Dwarf

YES! That was a classic -- but which image? Remember we can't have one of people talking to each other because we can only show still images and that would look silly -- maybe Crighton?

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Max The Magnificent   4/27/2016 5:13:47 PM
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@Paul: ...Doctor Who visiting the Stone Age in his Tardis?

I was going to say that Dr Who and I have an agreement -- I won't appear in his TV show and he won't appear in my Caveman Diorama, but...

...I remember watching the very first episode from beghind our sofa in November 1963 wjhen I was 6 years old ... as you say, in the next couple of episodes they went back to the stone age ... hmmmm

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How about...
David Ashton   4/27/2016 5:16:25 PM
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Max...a couple of suggestions...

Soylent Green (1973) would have some nice post apocalyptic images

THX1138 (1971) the first film directed by George Lucas, I've only seen it once and recollections are dim, but there are some quite weird scenes in it

Logan's run (1973) about a future world of underground dwellers who only live till 30

As for TV shows... Jetsons?

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Max The Magnificent   4/27/2016 5:50:56 PM
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@David: ...a couple of suggestions...

Ah -- Soylent Green -- of course -- in fact I was listening to Beethoven's Pastoral on Spotify this weekend thinking of this film -- I agree -- it's a must have.

I've never seen THX1138 -- I need to rectify this situation

Logan's Run -- YES!!!!

Jetsons -- oooh -- I agree -- a view of their city or their home woudl be good...

 

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Across the 8th dimension...
Duane Benson   4/27/2016 5:27:09 PM
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What? No Buckaroo Banzai?

I've been ionized, but I'm okay now.

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Max The Magnificent   4/27/2016 5:52:10 PM
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@Duane: What? No Buckaroo Banzai?

Of course Buckaroo Banzai will be represented, do you think I'm a philistine?

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Duane Benson   4/27/2016 5:59:56 PM
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Thank you for clearing that up. I was dejected to the point of being about to go start reading car magazines or something.

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One Million Years B.C.
antedeluvian   4/27/2016 6:26:06 PM
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Based on the title and subject matter (but not acting) I suggest "One Million Years B.C." with the film's poster of Raquel Welch as the image

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 11:11:49 AM
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@antedeluvian: ...I suggest "One Million Years B.C." with the film's poster of Raquel Welch as the image...

Actually we will already have this film covered, because I'm planning of having a figure of my wife (Gina The Gorgeous) in the diorama and dressing her like Raquel Welch in the film (shhh, don't tell either of them)

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Rcurl   4/27/2016 9:18:22 PM
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(1) Fritz Lang's Metropolis (colorized version)- perhaps an image of the Gardens of Pleasure and one of the Workers' underground city.

(2) The Ten Commandments- Moses parting the Red sea

(3) Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014 version) where thry're riding the motorcycle with the sidecar through the city

(4) Avatar- some images of the landscape on Pandora

(5) Jurassic Park- take your pick

I'll post more as I think of them.

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Idiocracy
arthurdent42   4/27/2016 10:20:59 PM
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Other than the 1981 BBC Video version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(that shows my bias), I'd choose Idiocracy with a Brawndo ad (it's got what plants crave). I'd also choose "Things To Come" (1936) with a photo of Raymond Massey in that huge space helmet and "Silent Running" (1972) with Bruce Dern and a photo of Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

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Re: Idiocracy
Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 11:16:01 AM
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@ArthurDent42: Other than the 1981 BBC Video version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy(that shows my bias)...

Arthur -- is that you? We are honored by your presence! I'd forgotten about "Idiocracy" -- I agree, that's a must have -- also "Silent Running" is a classic -- I'll have to look up "Things to Come"

Re "Idiocracy" -- that triggered me to think that we have to have Woddy Alan's "Sleeper" represented also.

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Sheepdoll   4/28/2016 12:07:54 AM
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I was at a confrence a few weeks ago Where Rick Sternbach gave the keynote.   Later he let slip that he had done work on "The Last Starfighter."  I had a DVD copy which I watched.  Surprisingly the film is better now than when it was made.  Such nostalgia for frames that took weeks to render using a Cray I.

As for the first use of Digital (Pixel) cgi, (As compared to vector images) Arguably it was "Westworld"  that showed the robot's point of view using low resolution infrared.

While not exactly Sci-fi or even having any computer graphics.  "Used Cars" by some guys name Zemekis and Gale in 1980 is probably worth honorable mention.  "If i can build and install a pacemaker in this man's chest, - - i can damn well bounce a microwave off a satellite!"

 

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 11:17:38 AM
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@Sheepdoll: ...Later he let slip that he had done work on "The Last Starfighter"...

"The Last Starfighter" was a really great movie -- thanks for reminding me of it.

 

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BrainiacV   4/29/2016 2:26:44 PM
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I loved it when CRAY XM came up in the credits.

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Aliens Needed
squirrelwhispher   4/28/2016 4:49:32 PM
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If The Rocky Horror Picture Show is SiFi I am The Grand Duchess Anastasia. Here's some that were overlooked: Alien, Aliens, Star Trek, Star Wars, and the best SiFi picture ever made The Andromeda Strain. But if cheesy schlock is admissible, I have a special affinity for The Queen of Outer Space starring the one and only Zsa Zsa Gabor. Back in the 50s Zsa Zsa was absolutely one of the most gorgeous women ever. But she is out shone by about 20 beauty contest winners. The QOS has everything you want in a SiFi movie. A group of clueless smucks from Earth hop on a Roman Candle, they land on a planet with air, gravity, etc. identical to Earth, and they find georgeous female aliens who speak perfect English with a Nebraska accent (excepts for Zsa Zsa) whose only desire is to make the visitors from Earth as happy as they'll ever get. BTW, in our modern world the word Alien seems harsh and unfriendly. How about a new word to reflect the PC times we live in.

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 4:58:41 PM
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@squirrelwhispher: If The Rocky Horror Picture Show is SiFi I am The Grand Duchess Anastasia...

Hello Grand Duchess, I didn't recognize you in that dress! Hey, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has aliens in it and they create an artificial humanoid and they dance the Time Warp (again) -- in what universe does that not scream SiFi?

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Max The Magnificent   4/28/2016 5:23:02 PM
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@MrSquirrel: ...But if cheesy schlock is admissible, I have a special affinity for The Queen of Outer Space starring the one and only Zsa Zsa Gabor...

I don't know that film -- I'll have to look it up -- but you've reminded me that we have to have Barbarella represented.

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squirrelwhispher   4/28/2016 8:00:02 PM
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It can be found at

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21o27r_queen-of-outer-space-1958-feature_shortfilms

Brace yourself for awe at the state of the art special effects, the intrigue of the Shakespearean plot, and ponder the mystery of how many movies credit a hair stylist. And it has analog instrumentation with meters that move. This movie delivers whereas other movies with great titles such as Mars Needs Women are about as exciting as watching the battery on your cell phone charge. What do you do when your have so many DVDs, Laser Disks, VCRs, etc. that you can't find anything. For me it just means you buy it again. And lose it again.

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Max The Magnificent   4/29/2016 11:38:34 AM
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@MrSquirrel: ...And it has analog instrumentation with meters that move....

You've hooked me -- I'll watch it thsi coming weekend

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jimfordbroadcom   4/29/2016 8:59:13 PM
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@squirrelwhisper - Ha, we were just doing some spring cleaning recently and found 2 "Weekend at Bernie's"s, one on DVD and one on VHS, as well as 3 "Hachi"s!  Same problem as you - so many films, so little time to find them all!

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betajet   4/29/2016 11:16:45 AM
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Here are two suggestions that come to mind immediately:

The Lost World (1925), based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book with Wallace Beery as Professor Challenger.  Lots of dinosaurs and prehistoric landscapes.  There's a good DVD out with new music by the Alloy Orchestra.

King Kong (1933) features a terrific battle-to-the-death between a T-Rex and a Stegosaurus, followed by a second battle-to-the-death between Kong and that same T-Rex.  Excellent stop-action animation.

Also...

Them! (1954) with very frightening giant ants.

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Movies (etc.) to snip images from for Max's troglodytes
GSKrasle   4/29/2016 12:47:56 PM
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Max,

 

I'm SHOCKED you never saw THX1138! You should snip both images and SOUND from it (including the mysterious "tennis" match we hear but can only watch the audience). Heck, you could have the whole movie playing behind a window, and make your cavemen be the movie's 'Shell Dwellers.'

Here's some classic THXiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Madjqg7oGE

 

 

Besides that, to the excellent list accumulated above, I would add suggestions of showing an assortment of pulp-fiction Sci-Fi cover-art, pics from IEEE Spectrum, Nat Geo, Hubble, and shots from Barbarella, THX1138, Atanarjurat, Mongol, Island of Lost Children... Sometimes you'll want technology, sometimes Nature....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84oOfzTmc5g

The movies 'Liquid Sky' and 'Naked Lunch' could provide a few good images, but even having SEEN those would make you suspect.

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Max The Magnificent   4/29/2016 1:07:24 PM
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@GSKrasle: I'm SHOCKED you never saw THX1138!

I hang my head in shame -- I will try to rectify the situation while travelling to/from the Embedded Vision Summit in California next week

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GSKrasle   4/29/2016 2:24:51 PM
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As far as THX1138, the original is better, but it may take some searching to avoid the 'Director's Cut' with all the added CGI. Some of it is good, but some of it is unnecessarily 'explain-y', sort of like the misbegotten movie 'Prometheus.'

Oh, and I add a recommendation to snip from the GOOD version of 'Dune,' the one with with Kyle MacLachlan, both for scenery and for technology....

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Max The Magnificent   4/29/2016 2:41:06 PM
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@GSKrasle: ...sort of like the misbegotten movie 'Prometheus.'

I had such hopes for this ... and they were doing so well ... and then they completely dropped the ball with regard to the "Astronomer" creature and how it related to the original (and best) Alien film

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   4/29/2016 2:47:59 PM
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@GSKrasle: Oh, and I add a recommendation to snip from the GOOD version of 'Dune'...

I didn't know there had been a "good" version. With regard to the 1984 film, I think Sting and Kyle MacLachlan shoudl have swapped roles. Personally I preferred the version on the SiFi channel (and I didn't even like that one much LOL)

 

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Movies to snip
BrainiacV   4/29/2016 2:21:07 PM
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Five Million Years To Earth aka Quartermass and the pit.

Earth vs The Flying Saucers.

THEM! (exclamation required :-) Bugs

This Island Earth - more flying saucers

Starship Troopers - more bugs

The Deadly Mantis - even more bugs

Day of the Triffids

Dune - sandworms

Beetlejuice - more sandworms

Tarantula - detecting a theme here?

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   4/29/2016 2:37:10 PM
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@BraniacV: Five Million Years To Earth aka Quartermass and the pit.

Oooh -- I remember seeing the Quatermass films in the UK when I was a kid -- they scared my socks off -- I agree, they have to be represented, and I agree with all of your other suggestions also, with one exception...

...Starship Troopers...

... I'm afraid that I wouldn't sully my screen with an image from this film -- the book was incredible -- but the film completly missed the mark nuance-wise -- I'm still bitter (<- exclamation mark goes here)

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BrainiacV   4/29/2016 2:46:02 PM
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@Max Granted Starship Troopers the movie wasn't Starship Troopers the book, but the CGI images of the Rodger Young, plasma bugs, tanker bugs, and the other bugs were cool.

There's the CGI animated series that tried to blend the movie and book together.  The troopers wore powersuits and were shot out of the bottom for the troop ships instead of those goofy landers from the movie.

The animated series followed the book in that the "skinnies" became allies later in the series.

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Max The Magnificent   4/29/2016 2:50:40 PM
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@BraniacV: ...the CGI images of the Rodger Young, plasma bugs, tanker bugs, and the other bugs were cool...

OK, I'll give you that, but the film coiuld have been so much more... and it ended up being so much less...

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It's About Time
bgreen5   4/29/2016 5:43:06 PM
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You might be interested to do a Google search for "it's about time tv show"

 

Sounds very in sync with the theme of your tribute.

 

And, what about "The Flintstones" meet "The Jetsons" ?!

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Max The Magnificent   4/29/2016 5:49:05 PM
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@bgreen5: ...what about "The Flintstones" meet "The Jetsons" ?!

One of the things we considered was to have a model television set in the corner of the cave -- this model would be a scale replica of the real TV holding the diorama. We were thinking of having a tiny screen with a couple of cave kids watching videos of the Flintstones.

I guess we might still do that at some stage, but fot the moment I think we'll just have a couple of cave kids sitting in front of the Time Portal looking at the various images as they appear and disappear... 

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Tim R Johnson   5/1/2016 5:07:44 AM
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For the Flintstones, how about one of the episodes with their friend from the future, the Great Gazoo.  Also, I remember one episode where the Flintstones are attending the World's Fair which is at Bedrock that decade.  They get zapped forward in time to the 1960's world fair (I think perhaps GG did this).  Fred is mistaken for an entertainer from the caveman exhibit, etc.

If you want TV references to time travel, there is always The Time Tunnel.

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...and more bugs
arthurdent42   4/29/2016 8:04:04 PM
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A couple more really fun movies with bugs I'd include are "Tremors" 1990 with Kevin Bacon and "Galaxy Quest" 1998 with Tim Allen (although Alan Rickman and the rest of the crew are great too).

I'd also include "Paul" 2011 with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Paul is just a dirtier version of the alien "Alf" from the 1986-1990 tv show. I've driven the E.T. highway north of Las Vegas near Area 51 and stayed at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, NV that is in one scene in the Paul movie

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Re: ...and more bugs
Max The Magnificent   4/30/2016 3:43:44 PM
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@Arthur: ...Tremors" 1990 with Kevin Bacon and "Galaxy Quest" 1998...

Yes to both of these -- and also to Paul and Alf!!!

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Star Trek
jimfordbroadcom   4/29/2016 9:09:54 PM
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Can't forget Star Trek, the original series, of course.  Specifically, The City on the Edge of Forever episode, sort of a time portal within a time portal.  Hey, that's good!  Better than a cordrazine dream!

Wasn't there another episode with a time portal in it?  I'm less familiar with that one, having only seen it once.  I vaguely remember these disks that reminded me of those GAF 3D viewer disks being loaded into a glorified slide projector to zap the trekkers off to another time and place.  At one point, they went to some God-forsaken icy, windy, snowy place/time.

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Re: Star Trek
Max The Magnificent   4/30/2016 3:52:35 PM
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@Jim: Can't forget Star Trek, the original series, of course.  Specifically, The City on the Edge of Forever episode, sort of a time portal within a time portal.

OMG you are right -- also re the portal-in-a-portal, did you see this column: Caveman past meets post-apocalyptic future (and then things get complicated)

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