Thursday, April 19, 2018

THURSDAY'S THEORIES OF RELATEEVEETY - TWO BY TWO IN FRISCO'S CHINATOWN


A post like this might be expected on a Tuesday, as we're going for a "Twofer" theme.  But it's all about two theories of relateeveety - separated twin brothers in San Francisco and Los Angeles - so we're publishing it on Thursday, as usual for such theories.


SAM FUJIYAMA
'QUINCY, M.E.'
(148 episodes)



SGT. JIM IKISKI
'IRONSIDE'
"LICENSE TO KILL"


Dr. Sam Fujiyama was a deputy medical examiner who spent most of his career in the lab at the County Coroners' department who assisted Dr. R. Quincy.  

At the beginning of the Great Depression, Sam's father began traveling up and down the Pacific Coast in search of work.  He finally found it driving a truck route from San Francisco back down to Los Angeles  It was while he was in the City by the Bay when Sam's father met a woman of Asian descent and fell in love, even though he was already married.

As ALWAYS happens in my theories of relateeveety, his paramour became pregnant around 1931 and passed off the resulting child as that of her own husband, Mr. Ikiski.  That child grew up as James Ikiski.  He joined the San Francisco Police Department and worked at least once with consultant Chief Robert T. Ironside on a case.  

As often is the case with such examples of "Identical Cousins", Sam and Jim looked exactly alike.


Unless Quincy and Sam had a case which took them to San Francisco, it is unlikely either Sam or Jim learned of the existence of each other.

HENRY
'BURKE'S LAW'
64 episodes

S.F. CHINATOWN GREEN-GROCER
'IRONSIDE'
"JOSS STICKS AND WEDDING BELLS"


Two years after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, which killed such Old West luminaries as Bart Maverick and Artemus Gordon, and master English spy Sir Colin Raleigh, great-grandfather of Sir John Raleigh (code-named "Steed"), the former manservant to the crusader known in Frisco as "Paladin" (real name: Hector Ramsey) fathered twins.  We know the name of one of them, but not for the other.


Woof!  That was quite a run-on sentence in there!

The first-born, oldest by only a few minutes, was named Henry.  Once he grew older, he moved to Los Angeles where he found employment as a chauffeur for the multi-millionaire Amos Burke, who was a captain in the LAPD homicide department.  At some point Henry married and started a family, having at least one son who was named after him.  But it's likely he divorced soon after and became detached from his family.  He then moved in with Captain Burke to become his manservant as well


Meanwhile, his twin brother remained in San Francisco where he became a green-grocer in Chinatown.  We in the Trueniverse audience only saw him once, when Chief Ironside's ward Chong Lee went shopping for vegetables to make dinner for her "father".  Maybe it was a bad day for him; maybe Chong Lee rubbed him the wrong way (without a happy ending.) 

Or it could be that he had always been surly, soured on life, perhaps brought on by his tiring line of work and dealing with people.  At any rate, he angrily haggled with Chong Lee over the price of the vegetables she wanted to buy: one dime!



It won't be the last time we will find "identical cousins" in San Francisco....

BCnU!

O'Bservation:
The April, 1906 San Francisco earthquake almost killed Dr. Miguelito Quixote Loveless as well.  



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MISSING LINKS - "THE PRISONER" & "MURDOCH MYSTERIES"


'THE PRISONER'
"THE GIRL WHO WAS DEATH"


In yet another attempt to break Number Six by getting him to reveal why he resigned from the intelligence community, Number Two had him assigned to nursery duty - taking care of the children in the Village. 


At least one of the books for the children had no text, merely pictures.  The thinking was that if Number Six read this book to the kids before bedtime, he would call on his own life experiences to weave a story.  And perhaps he would let it slip as to why he resigned.


Number Six did use this book one night and he began to spin a tale about his attempts to track down a beautiful assassin.  One of her targets was the legendary batsman Colonel Hawke.  During a cricket match, just as he was about to hit his centenary, she substituted a ball which was packed with explosive material.  As soon as Colonel Hawke smacked it with his bat, it exploded, killing him.



But Number Six didn't dredge this even up from his own personal experiences.  Instead, he was recalling an historical event from Toronto, circa 1905.....

'THE MURDOCH MYSTERIES'
"BIFFERS AND BLOCKERS"


From the IMDb:
When a player dies violently on the cricket pitch , Murdoch and Brackenreid encounter some unsportsmanlike behavior.


In that case, the bomb was planted inside the cricket bat, not the ball.  However, it was the personal property of another player, so the victim wasn't the intended target.

Despite the murder taking place in another country more than twenty years before he was born, Number Six (in his past identity of John Drake) must have read about it, perhaps as a boy, and it stuck in his memory.  So when he saw the two-page photo illustration in the children's book, he remembered the story and incorporated it into his adventure about the girl who was Death....

Without revealing why he resigned.

BCnU!


O'Bservation:

That cricket scene from 'The Prisoner' was mixed in with a home movie in this YouTube video....




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SUPER SIX LIST - REAL MOVIES TURNED INTO FAKE FLICKS


Every so often, a movie from the Real World becomes a stand-in for a fictional movie.  Here are some examples.


THE SUPER SIX LIST:
SIX MOVIES FICTIONALIZED IN TOOBWORLD

1]
'COLUMBO'
"A MATTER OF HONOR"



In the beginning of the episode, Ricardo Montalban who plays Louis Montoya is watching what is supposed to be an old clip of himself as a young matador. The clip he is watching is actually from the movie Santa (1943) in which Montalban plays a bullfighter.

2]
'DOCTOR WHO'
"THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT"



The Laurel and Hardy film "The Flying Deuces" (1939), in which the Doctor intruded, was done by Matt Smith dancing in front of green screen. 

3]
'COLUMBO'
"FORGOTTEN LADY"




Janet Leigh's character Grace Wheeler refers to her role in "Walking My Baby Back Home" (1953) as Rosie. In reality, Leigh's character was named Chris Hall in that film but she did play a character named Rosie DeLeon in "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963).

"Walking My Baby Back Home" (1953)
Clips are used to represent a previous film starring Janet Leigh's character Grace Wheeler.


4]
'ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS'
"METHOD ACTOR"


"The Execution of Private Slovik" (1974) (TV Movie)
Clip from the end of the movie is played at the beginning of the episode during the festival celebrating Paul Dano's work.
 


And now for something completely different....

5] 
'THE ROCKFORD FILES'
"IRVING THE EXPLAINER"



The poster for "Wings of Deceit" (starring Richard Arlen and Andy Devine), seen behind Buddy Richards, is a reworked poster for Arlen & Devine's "Legion of Lost Flyers".
And on a more personal note.....

6]
'DIAGNOSIS MURDER'
"MURDER BY REMOTE"





In this episode Dr. Mark Sloan has home movies of Steve as a baby. The home movies are actually Barry Van Dyke as a baby. Dick Van Dyke shot these home movies.
The italicized summaries are from the IMDb.  I wrote up the one for the poster.

BCnU!

Monday, April 16, 2018

MONDAY MINUTIAE - ADDING TO THE NY CHRONICLE'S TVXOHOF TALLY


'MURDER, SHE WROTE'

"DEADPAN"

From the IMDb:
When one of Jessica's former students brings a play based on her novel to Broadway, she finds herself in the middle of a war between two rival critics.

Danny O'Mara
NY Chronicle Drama Critic

The murder victim, Danny O'Mara, was the drama critic for the New York Chronicle.  His editor was Ed Cullen.



Ed Cullen
NY Chronicle Features Editor

Cullen was probably the features editor for the paper.  Team Toobworld should probably already know that Martin Lane, father of Patty and uncle of Cathy, was the managing editor for the paper.



The Chronicle is one of the biggest papers in TV-NYC and it's part of a countrywide franchise with editions from the Big Apple to Los Angeles and up to Portland. 
Here are just a few examples of the New York edition of the Chronicle:

'THE TWILIGHT ZONE'

'THE THIN MAN'

'McCLOUD'

'THE TWILIGHT ZONE'

I HAVE NO CLUE!
[help please?]

'THE PATTY DUKE SHOW'

'THE TWILIGHT ZONE'

'THE TWILIGHT ZONE'

'McCLOUD'

The only edition of the Chronicle which doesn't fall under the aegis of the family who owns the publishing empire - the World Chronicle is an underground paper which is part of the UNReel shadow ops faction.

My thanks to my brother Bill, the features and business editor for the Waterbury Republican American paper, who gave me help on the hierarchy at a newspaper.....

BCnU!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

VIDEO SUNDAY - A LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF 28 YEARS AGO


I love seeing the "Future" depicted on TV... but a future now years in the past.  Here's a great example:


BCnU!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

VIDEO WEEKEND - AND NOW A TUNE FROM OUR SPONSOR


My introduction to each of the following songs was through a TV commercial....

GOOD MORNING!
MAX FROST

(Used in the Bubly commercial)


PINK MOON
NICK DRAKE

(Used in the VW Cabrio commercial)



WIGWAM
BOB DYLAN

(Used in the "Let Google Do It' Campaign)


DI-GUE-DING-DING
MICHEL LEGRAND

(Used for G.E. Commercial)




NO ROOTS
ALICE MERTON

(Used in a Mini commercial)


BCnU!


Friday, April 13, 2018

MAILING TOOB MISSING LINK - "THE GOOD FIGHT" & "CASTLE" (BY WAY OF "MISSING") [REVISED]


Being the Curator of Ye Olde Toobworld, I can't do the job without your help.  I've only got two eyes and even the fact that they've got a touch of the "elam" about them, they still can't see everything.  So I'm thankful whenever you good folks of Team Toobworld write to me with theoretical crossovers you've seen.

This week, I was lucky to hear from author Brad Mengel

Hey Toby,

I was watching 'The Good Wife' spin-off 'The Good Fight' last night (Season 2 episode 5) - "Day 436".  They are dealing with a news story about the sexual improprieties of Kip Dunning, a big name movie star.  They show an image of Dunning in the movie “Storm Warning”.

There’s nothing to suggest that the movie is based on Richard Castle’s novel of the same name, but it’s possible.

Brad Mengel


I would say it's more than possible!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post about the newest fictional New York City mayor of new series 'Instinct' (Mayor Meyers), the NYC mayorship, as with the American presidency, can determine whether or not a TV series remains in Earth Prime-Time or if it must "slide" over to an alternate Toobworld.

In the case of 'Castle', author Richard Castle was a friend of the NYC mayor, which is how he was able to work with the homicide detectives in the 12th Precinct.  But that mayor was not the same as the one in the main Toobworld - that is, the real mayor of New York City.  So off it went to its own TV dimension.

But we know Richard Castle does exist in the main Toobworld and is still an author....

'Missing'
"Tell Me No Lies"

When Becca and Dax visit Martin Newman (Keith Carradine), Dax reads the back cover of one of Newman's novels. The camera focuses on a review of the book by "Richard Castle". Richard Castle is the title character of another of ABC's series. 



Rather than pulling the ten episodes of 'Missing' into the alternate dimension of 'Castle', I prefer to consider the Richard Castle who wrote that blurb as being the doppelganger from the main Toobworld.

We've seen that TV characters from the main Tooobworld have counterparts in other TV dimensions - especially in the Tooniverse and Skitlandia.  (Examples - 'Gilligan's Island' animated series & 'Star Trek' on 'Saturday Night Live' respectively.)  So it stands to reason that TV characters in alternate dimensions would have counterparts in the main Toobworld.

As Brad pointed out, the action movie "Storm Warning" could be based on Castle's book.

From the 'Castle' wiki:

["Storm Warning" is] One of Richard Castle's very successful Derrick Storm novels.

It is referenced in "Fool Me Once" (episode 2.4) when Castle and Beckett meet a CIA agent, Agent Gray, whom Castle interviewed for research on secret agents for the book. As the three talk, Gray uses the expression "Transparency gets you killed," a quote which Beckett recognizes as having been used in the book. 

I'm not exactly sure if this next section from the wiki had to do with the TV show or the actual novels that have been written in Castle's name here in the Real World:

When Derrick Storm’s close friend, Attorney Sam Strummel, is murdered in cold blood in a cemetery outside of NYC, Storm launches his own investigation to bring the murderer to justice. While investigating Strummel’s business dealings, Storm exposes a murder-for-hire syndicate that has just made him their next target.

So in the main Toobworld, a movie was made from that novel.  But it may not have been the first Derrick Storm film.  It could have been part of a franchise in which Kip Dunning had become a big name by playing Storm in those earlier flicks.

Here is a description of the episode of 'The Good Fight':

A beloved action star, Kip Dunning, is threatening to sue the network the firm represents if it runs an exposé on sexual assault allegations against him. The clock’s ticking as Diane and Adrian meet with the actor’s lawyer, Burl Preston (F. Murray Abraham, reprising his role from 
The Good Wife), and defend the story against the defamation charges. 

When Derrick Storm’s close friend, Attorney Sam Strummel, is murdered in cold blood in a cemetery outside of NYC, Storm launches his own investigation to bring the murderer to justice. While investigating Strummel’s business dealings, Storm exposes a murder-for-hire syndicate that has just made him their next target.


NAOMI NIVOLA: The list of prominent men accused of sexual harassment continues to grow, even six months after Harvey Weinstein.  Now the biggest and potentially most explosive name has been added to the list - Kip Dunning. Kip Dunning is an actor with a reputation rarely matched - in the Hollywood firmament.

BURL PRESTON: Pause.  You use a still from an action movie to suggest Kip is aggressive to women.


That would be the image mentioned by Brad.  Note: If anybody has CBS All-Access, I'd love to get a frame grab of Kip Dunning in "Storm Warning".  (Oops - see below.)

So in a way, since the official 'Castle' is in a different dimension, this isn't a full crossover.  But I'll take it.

Thanks, Brad!

O'Bservation:
I've known Brad online since the early days of 'Charmed'.  (We'd email about the ramifications of the Halliwell spells and storylines.)  Here's his bio from Down Under:

Brad Mengel works in Australia’s criminal justice system.  His book "Serial Vigilantes of Paperback Fiction: An Encyclopedia from Able Team to Z-Comm" (McFarland, 2009) was the first book to examine vigilante fiction of the 70s and 80s.  He has also contributed stories to "Tales of The Shadowmen" #3 & #7, "Pro Se Presents" Nov 2012, "Charles Boeckman Presents Johnny Nickle", "Pulp Obscura: Senorita Scorpion" and "Blood & Tacos" #4.  Brad has also worked for Pro Se in the past as an Editor. 


If you see a possible connection between shows, let me know!  I may already know about it, but why take the chance?  There's a manifest destiny to the expansion of Toobworld!

UPDATE




Unfortunately, all good things come to an end.  I asked for a copy of the pertinent screen shot and my IDD friend (We are known as "Iddiots".) George Reed obliged.  As you can see, the title of the movie was "Stern Warning" not "Storm Warning".  I assume it went by too quickly on the screen for Brad to fully grasp it. 

Oh well.  It was a nice televisiological theory while it lasted....


Thursday, April 12, 2018

SORTING "INSTINCT"



"What if you could travel to parallel worlds?
The same year, the same Earth, only different dimensions."
Quinn Mallory
'Sliders'


Every so often, I feel like I'm playing the Sorting Hat of Toobworld, determining which TV dimension should host a new series, TV movie, or even a commercial.  And with the "second season" having kicked off, we've got a new show to sort out....

'INSTINCT'
From Wikipedia:
Openly gay author, university professor and former CIA paramilitary officer Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is lured back to his old life by New York police detective Elizabeth Needham (Bojana Novakovic) when she needs his help to stop a serial killer who is using Reinhart’s book as inspiration for murders.

From the IMDb:
Former CIA operative is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan's first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement and taps into his old skill set. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Based on the James Patterson book.

Just about everything about this series feels right for it to exist in the world of Earth Prime-Time, the main Toobworld.  Nothing about New York in this show differs from the New York seen in other current TV series set in the Big Apple, like 'Empire', 'Blindspot', 'Suits', and 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'... except for the Mayor.


Right from the 'Pilot', we were introduced to the Mayor of New York City, whom we only know as having the last name of "Meyers".  Mayor Meyers looks to be a woman of Indian descent (Her last name could be her married name.) as is the actress who plays her, Sarita Choudhury.  As of now, we don't know what her political affiliation is.

It has been said in the past that the mayor of New York is the second hardest job in the United States.  That could be why I feel the person holding the office in the main Toobworld should be the same person who actually serves in the job in the Real World, just as it is with the President of the United States.  This is to keep a sense of cohesiveness so that more shows can remain in the same dimension.  Because as we always see with the POTUS, many TV shows, especially sitcoms, will refer to the current President by name.  So those shows which have Presidents of the United States who are fictional have to be relegated to other dimensions.  

This same rule holds for the Pope and Queen Elizabeth, probably Putin as well.  But when it comes to senators, other world leaders, Congressmen, and other mayors - even those of Los Angeles and Chicago - it's a fluid case-by-case decision.  It has to be - otherwise, I'd be throwing out too many good shows from the premier TV dimension, like 'The Good Wife', and 'Major Crimes'.  I have to go on my own instincts with this - I couldn't tell you off-hand who the current mayor of Los Angeles is or who the governor was at the beginning of the run for 'The Good Wife'.

And because the City factors into world news events which could have an impact on NY-based TV shows, I feel that the same rule should hold true for the New York City mayors.  We've seen in the past that the Real World mayors have shown up in TV shows set in New York City. 
  • Michael Bloomberg played himself  in episodes of '30 Rock', 'The Good Wife', and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
  • Rudy Giuliani appeared in 'Seinfeld', 'Mad About You', and 'Cosby' and was mentioned on 'SportsNight'
  • David Dinkins visited 'Sesame Street' and was mentioned on 'Girls'
  • Bill De Blasio has shown up in the web series* 'Horace and Pete' and 'The Good Wife'.  But he also has been been mentioned as being the NYC Mayor in 'Constantine', 'Intelligence', and 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'.  
Speaking of the 'Law & Order' franchise, all of them have appeared or been mentioned on either the parent show or one of its many spin-offs.

So... getting back to Mayor Meyers....

We may learn more about her in coming episodes of 'Instinct', which may have some bearing on which TV dimension the series is relocated.  And another factor?  I think Dr. Dylan Reinhart is the kind of guy who might make a snarky comment about Trump.  So if that happens, 'Instinct' would be set in an alternate dimension but one which still shares the same orange-tinted POTUS as Toobworld and the Real World.  (Four episodes in and it still hasn't happened.  We'll see.)

Therefore, as things stand now, I'm "sorting" 'Instinct' into House West Wing -#  I mean, I'm placing this show into the same dimension in which the following shows reside:

  • 'The West Wing'
  • 'Mr. Sterling'
  • 'Smallville'
  • 'Minority Report'
There may be a few more which I've added, but I can't remember them now.  I should do a better job keeping records!

But like I said, there's always the possibility that it would have to be moved again if Trump is ever mentioned on the show.  Or if there is a different monarch than Queen Elizabeth (for the time being.)  She was mentioned in at least one episode of 'The West Wing', so she remains a common real world figure.  (The second incarnation of 'The Human Target' had a different Queen Elizabeth and royal family, so that had to go off into some other dimension.)  But there would be no problem for the 'West Wing' Toobworld to have a fictional pope or Russian premier.

Welcome to the greater TV Universe, Mayor Meyers, no matter which dimension you wind up in.....

BCnU!

* Toobworld Central won't fight the future.  Web series - as long as they are not reboots like the new adventures of 'Star Trek' - have been accepted as part of the mosaic of Earth Prime-Time.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

MISSING LINKS - BOOK 'EM, MURDOCK



'THE A-TEAM'
"THE MALTESE COW"



         "Mack Murdock was tired of paper cups and paper plates and bleary eyed broads with yellow teeth. This trip to Chinatown was like a ride on a neon horse: the hot sounds, the smell of grease crashing in on him. And he remembered Sam Ying and that night in Saigon when he and the A-Team huddled in the basement of Sam's house. And rocket fire blew holes in the walls. And it was scorched into his memory. "
- "Howling Mad" Murdock

Murdock had to find inspiration for that style of narration for his latest delusion - that he was a private eye.

I'd like to think he was mimicking the writing style of the late Alan Mallory, the author of lurid potboilers for Greenleaf Publications, but who was penning "Sixty Miles To Saigon" for Geoffrey Neal's publishing company (with an eye to a future movie starring Rock Hudson.)



BCnU!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

TWO FOR TUESDAY - MIDSOMER RADIO (PART TWO)


'MIDSOMER MURDERS'
"TALKING TO THE DEAD"



At the scene of a murder, a radio was found blaring a radio adaptation of Euripedes' "Medea".  The actress heard playing the role is Claire Higgins, known for the "Hellraiser" movies and as the High Priestess Ohila in a small 'Doctor Who' online movie featuring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.


Later, while DCI Tom Barnaby is investigating, he turns the radio back on.  By this time, the programming is now a variety show where Barnaby hears this hoary old chestnut:

'I thought you said your dog didn't bite .' 
'Whose dog?' 
'Your dog.' 
'Yeah. But that's not my dog.'


I'm not sure what the genesis for this joke is, but I've found it in two novels:

"Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things"
by 
Richard Wiseman


"Eye Opener"
by
Michael Z. Lewin 


"Manitou Canyon: A Novel"
by
William Kent Krueger
 


Krista Procklw used the joke as the opening ice-breaker in an article about "Dog Liability in British Columbia".

A man walks into a bar and sits down
next to a woman with a dog at her feet.
“Does your dog bite?,” he asks. “No.”
A few minutes later, the dog takes a huge chunk
out of the man’s leg.
“I thought you said your dog didn’t bite!” he says indignantly.
“That’s not my dog” , replies the woman. 

And of course there is the most famous iteration of the joke from the movies:


So....  Does anybody know where the joke started?