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1996-07-08 00:00:00 - Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (puddintame@aol.com)


Okay, time to sit back in my swivel chair and pass judgment on all 25 episodes. I'm rating each one using standard school grades (A to F). I mainly restricted my comments to episodes I feel strongly about pro or con. I'm sure everyone will agree with my wise opinions :) 1. Absolute Zero A If it had not been part of a series, this above average tv-movie would surely stand as a cult item. 2. Turnabout A The first hour long entry reassuringly maintains the high quality of the 90 minute premiere. 3. The Incredible Derek A 4. Something About Her A- 5. Paradise On Your Doorstep B 6. The Spider Webb A My favorite episode. Richard Kind steals the show as TV producer Max Webb. 7. A Rough Whimper of Insanity B 8. The Alpha Spike B 9. You Really Got a Hold on Me B- 10 Father B 11 An Enemy Within B- Pardon my chauvinism but I believe this episode was a bigger hit with the female fans than with the males. It's a good change of pace episode. There is no sign of the organization. But I found it difficult to enjoy since I was afraid it was going to be the first in a long line of "The Fugitive"/"Incredible Hulk" type episodes where Tom goes from town to town, week after week, helping strangers. 12 It's Not Such a Wonderful Life C+ I still scratch my head over this one. I guess I failed to see any point to this episode. the ending was frustratingly vague. 13 Contact(aka "Deep Throat") A- This show makes for a much better Christmas present than the preceding one. 14 Heart of Darkness B- The first "palmtop" episode is a perfectly competent excursion. The "not in the jungle" clue is worth the price of admission alone :) 15 Forever Jung C The series takes a wrong turn here...into the perilous waters of schlock sci-fi. I'm sure a few diehard fans may have jumped ship after watching this one and then seeing the promo for the next episode whiuch deals with UFO's. 16 Shine a Light on You B Then again, those fans who jumped ship may very well have missed out on a treat. This is an unjustly maligned episode(imo) and one of my favorites. This episode neither advances the overall plot nor does it explore Tom's psyche. It's just a lot of fun(We can't have episodes like "Shutterbug" EVERY week :) ). We are treated to an intriguing premise dealing with UFO sightings being used to coverup the existence of secret experiments and the show has a good cast. One newsgroup fan(I forget who) likened the Bud Atkins character to a typical "#2" from "The Prisoner". This is most evident when Tom infiltrates the base and is directed to a golf cart, "You're driving" says Bud. The visual effects are competent considering this is not really a sci-fi/sfx series. This show also serves as a nice homage to 50's movie mad scientists when one considers the sci-fi movie playing on Helen's TV and Tom's confrontation with Dr. Myerson in the last scene. My suspicion that Tom never really was erased got a strong boost from Dr. Myerson's line about how, when people are frightened and confused, "they generally accept the first explanation offered to them no matter how implausible" 17 Stay Tuned D Lawrence Hertzog's weakest contribution to the series. This epsisode comes dangerously close to self parody. We are "treated" to, among other inanities, that preposterous birthmark which suddenly appears in the "Hidden Agenda" photo. The final scene is a real stunner too. An organization limo pulls up right in front of Tom. The occupants make no attempt to grab Tom and Tom saunters away apparently uninterested in these head honchos (?!) 18 Hidden Agenda B+ The "flashback" episode that turned the series on its head is framed by compelling sequences involving the traitor, Mr. Hale. The Chilean "flashback" itself is not terribly interesting. Dwight Schulz's hyper act seems forced. Greenwood's scared-to-death bit not terribly convincing. 19 Doppelganger C A throwaway(imnsho) episode which I feel has been over analyzed by fans. Tom walks into an organization trap: a double is posing as Tom and Tom is forced to play the "Will the real Fred Flintstone please identify himself?" routine. Tom's turning the tables at the end is a bit far fetched and doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. Why would an operative consent to a rendezvous based on one vague telephone message? What sense does it make in instructing Tom's double to arrive at the meeeting with the negatives...considering the fact that he already turned over the negatives to the public defender earlier in the episode? Now, why do I think this episode has been over analyzed? Some fans have gotten hung up on the "true identity" of the double and how he fits into the big picture. There is nothing in this episode that implies that the doppelganger serves any purpose other than being a plot device ie. an expendable operartive who has been surgically altered to look like Tom; simply bait in a typical organization trap. 20 Through a Lens, Darkly(aka "Shutterbug") A The best episode of "Nowhere Man: in the eyes of many people. I certainly won't argue that point. This episode is great. It's so good that one can easily overlook a couple of its flaws. It is a very well cast episode. Sam Anderson is terrific as a "Dr. Bellamy Revisited" character as are the actors chosen to portray Tom and Laura in the flashback segments. This episode contains many wonderful scenes and bits of dialogue. What are the flaws I was referring to? Well, at the beginning of the episode, Tom is staking out a locker and it is never explained where he got his tip. This leads me to wonder whether or not this episode was originally one of the "palmtop'" shows (each of which began with Tom checking out a "clue" provided by the computer) and later had all references to the palmtop deleted. As I said though, the episode is so good, it doesn't seem worthwhile to get hung up on this aspect of the story. The flaw at the end is just as easy to overlook. I'm talking about the flashback to the gallows which seems to have been shoehorned in. One can always make the connection between Tom's pursuit of the truth and his discovery of the true location of the gallows... but making a direct reference to another episode seems to temporaily break the mood and the "elegance" of the story dips ever so slightly. There is also a perplexing image of a firing squad that recurs through the episode. If anyone has any idea what its significance is, feel free to explain. The overall excellence of this episode renders these apparent slipups insignificant in comparison to the whole. 21 The Dark Side of The Moon A A surrprisingly good change of pace episode. "Nowhere Man" meets "The Warriors" as Tom races against time, a street gang, and an organization operative during the wee hours of the morning on the wrong side of the tracks. This episode has a really great "look"...each scene is splashed with primary colors, giving it a dreamlike quality. One of the most surreal sequences of the series occurs when Tom crashes an art gallery opening, is escorted out and ends up wandering down a street and staring up at four ducks hanging in a butcher shop window. This ghetto is one spot on the map where the organization does not seem to exert any control. I confess experiencing a sick, voyeuristic pleasure toward the end when the streetgang trashes the limo. :) 22 Calaway C- A disappointing treatment of what one would think to be an unbeatable premise: Tom returns to the mental hospital where he was a patient in the first episode. This ranks as one of the more dismal entries in the series. Bruce Greenwood gives a convincing performance as a victim of sleep deprivation. Because of Tom's predicament however, in order for this episode to succeed we need a compelling plot and strong performances by the rest of the cast. Unfortunately, what we get is an unfocused mess. Is the aim of the story to explain why Tom is being deprived of sleep? Doesn't seem to be. Is the audience supposed to take its mind off Tom and concentrate on J.C.? A bit much to ask for at this point in ther series. Will we gain insight into Tom's first stay at Calaway? Nope. The actor playing J.C., while good at displays of emotion seems stiff and uncomfortable during most of his performance. Tom manages to get a hand on the video record of his first visit but this tape disappears in the middle of the episode with no further mention of it! There does not seem to be any single vision driving this episode...the finished product looks like a lop-sided product of some committee. The stake-in-the-heart of this episode is the mind boggling ending which seems to have little connection with the 55 minutes that came before it. J.C. starts blurting out information about "The Agenda", the Organization's mind control project; questions whether or not Tom ever really escaped Calaway in the first place, and then ells Tom that his entire neural architecture has been restructured. We then cut to a scene featuring Tom, in voice-over, stating matter-of-factly that J.C.'s reconditioning was surgical while his was electrochemical; that he's on a "clock" that's about to strike midnight. This sure left ME scratching my head and wondering if I had been watching the wrong channel up until the final two minutes. One comes away from this episode wondering "what went wrong?" and "Oh what might have BEEN" 23 Coma A The last really great episode. A wonderful study in paranoia with an outstanding performance by Bruce Greenwood as a man who is "sick of the games" Director James Whitmore, Jr. effectively increases the sense of suspense by employing sound effects such as jackhammers and printing presses to emulate the pounding of a human heart. Tom and Alyson have the confrontation we have all been waiting for since the first episode. Excellent editing fuses flashbacks from the first episode with new scenes. 24 Bed of Lies B The show takes on a decided espionage bent in this, the first part of the two-part finale. 25 Exposed B A direct continuation of "Bed of Lies" Again, an entirely adequate epsiode once one accepts the new cloak and dagger direction. The final scene in which Tom essentially tortures information out of Barton is, of course, riveting. As far as terrific endings go, this episode ties with "Hidden Agenda." This seems appropriate considering that this is the final episode(for now anyway).

1996-07-10 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (IJBall@aol.com)


In article <4rsdqp$2vo@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, puddintame@aol.com (PuddinTame) wrote: > I'm sure everyone will agree with my wise opinions :) I'll play, if only because I disagree with many of the ratings (stuff I agree with, I'll skip)!... ;> > 1. Absolute Zero > A > If it had not been part of a series, this above average tv-movie would > surely stand as a cult item. A- The first hour was outstanding, but I though the pilot dragged some when Tom went to Iowa in the last 30 minutes. > 2. Turnabout > A > The first hour long entry reassuringly maintains the high quality of the > 90 minute premiere. Can't rate this one, as I've only seen part of it. > 3. The Incredible Derek > A B- I've never cared for this episode much. > 4. Something About Her > A- Agreed, but this is still one of my favorite episodes. > 6. The Spider Webb > A > My favorite episode. Richard Kind steals the show as TV producer Max Webb. A/A+ Mine too. > 7. A Rough Whimper of Insanity > B C+/B- One of the weaker NwM episodes, without a doubt. I still like it, but it's not very good. > 8. The Alpha Spike > B B- Another fairly marginal episode. > 10 Father > B A- I like this episode a lot. And it remains one of the greatest mysteries of the show: why Dean Jones his real father, or not?... > 11 An Enemy Within > B- > Pardon my chauvinism but I believe this episode was a bigger hit with the > female fans than with the males. It's a good change of pace episode. > There is no sign of the organization. But I found it difficult to enjoy > since I was afraid it was going to be the first in a long line of "The > Fugitive"/"Incredible Hulk" type episodes where Tom goes from town to > town, week after week, helping strangers. Huh?!! A This is also one of my favorite episodes. It's best aspect is the "Individualist Searches for the Truth vs. Take the High Road and Go for Happiness" conflict that gets to the heart of the series. A "high recommend" episode from me... > 12 It's Not Such a Wonderful Life > C+ > I still scratch my head over this one. I guess I failed to see any point > to this episode. the ending was frustratingly vague. A Another rating I strongly disagree with. This was the episode that catipulted NwM into my "Top TV Shows of All Time" list. > 13 Contact(aka "Deep Throat") > A- > This show makes for a much better Christmas present than the preceding > one. Hardly. "Conact" earns the B+, but it is *not* better than INSaWL. > 14 Heart of Darkness > B- > The first "palmtop" episode is a perfectly competent excursion. The "not > in the jungle" clue is worth the price of admission alone :) C- I very much dislike this episode. Perhaps my least favorite epsiode of the series. > 15 Forever Jung > C > The series takes a wrong turn here...into the perilous waters of schlock > sci-fi. I'm sure a few diehard fans may have jumped ship after watching > this one and then seeing the promo for the next episode whiuch deals with > UFO's. B-/B Funny, I liked it. In fact it was better than the (negative) hype around it. > 16 Shine a Light on You > B > Then again, those fans who jumped ship may very well have missed out on a > treat. This is an unjustly maligned episode(imo) and one of my favorites. C/C+ Another of the weaker episodes. It's best element is the crazy daughter. It's worst element is the main one: the conspiracy plot line. > 17 Stay Tuned > D > Lawrence Hertzog's weakest contribution to the series. This epsisode > comes dangerously close to self parody. We are "treated" to, among other > inanities, that preposterous birthmark which suddenly appears in the > "Hidden Agenda" photo. OK. *This* is agree with. > The final scene is a real stunner too. > An organization limo pulls up right in front of Tom. The occupants make > no attempt to grab Tom and Tom saunters away apparently uninterested in > these head honchos (?!) I also agree that the last scene was *extremely* weak. But... B/B+ I liked this episode mainly for the idea of the zombie-like town with only a rebellious teen around to save everyone. Not a bad episode at all. > 18 Hidden Agenda > B+ > The "flashback" episode that turned the series on its head is framed by > compelling sequences involving the traitor, Mr. Hale. The Chilean > "flashback" itself is not terribly interesting. Dwight Schulz's hyper act > seems forced. Greenwood's scared-to-death bit not terribly convincing. B+ It's pretty good. I like the final scenes in the restaurant. > 19 Doppelganger > C Can't rate it yet. I've yet to see it... > 20 Through a Lens, Darkly(aka "Shutterbug") > A > The best episode of "Nowhere Man: in the eyes of many people. A+ Yeah, I'd agree that this is the best episode. "The Spider Webb" is a fairly close second, but this episode seems to be the best one of all. > 21 The Dark Side of The Moon > A > A surrprisingly good change of pace episode. B- I like the runaway girl, and the fate of tha assassin. The rest of this episode is fairly weak. > 22 Calaway > C- > A disappointing treatment of what one would think to be an unbeatable > premise: Tom returns to the mental hospital where he was a patient in the > first episode. This ranks as one of the more dismal entries in the series. B Only the last 10 minutes sucked. The first 40 were execellent. Thus: first 40 minutes: B+/A-; last 10 minutes: C-. Averages roughly to a B. > 23 Coma > A > The last really great episode. A- I disagree that this was "the last really great episode". It was good however, and better than, say, Alan Tucker says it is. > 24 Bed of Lies > B > The show takes on a decided espionage bent in this, the first part of the > two-part finale. B-/C+ I really didn't like this episode much. > 25 Exposed > B > A direct continuation of "Bed of Lies" Again, an entirely adequate > epsiode once one accepts the new cloak and dagger direction. The final > scene in which Tom essentially tortures information out of Barton is, of > course, riveting. As far as terrific endings go, this episode ties with > "Hidden Agenda." This seems appropriate considering that this is the > final episode(for now anyway). A-/A I really liked this episode, and thought it was a great ending to the show. *This* was "the last really great episode" of NwM. -- Ian J. Ball | Want my TV episode guides or rec.arts.tv FAQ? Grad Student, UCLA | http://members.aol.com/IJBall/WWW/IJBall.html IJBall@aol.com | ftp://members.aol.com/IJBall3/FTP/ ijb@ucla.edu | "What to do, with time so short?..."

1996-07-10 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (jlhatch@prolog.net)


In article <4rsdqp$2vo@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, puddintame@aol.com says... >I'm sure everyone will agree with my wise opinions :) Pud, Thanks for this re-cap. I've seen 'em all except the Amazing Derek, and for the most part I agree with your grading. Where I disagree by more than a third of a grade: >4. Something About Her >A- Nah, maybe a B. >6. The Spider Webb >A This was the one that I thought really delved into Larry H.'s psyche as much as Thomas Veil's. Excellent mind-games! >7. A Rough Whimper of Insanity >B C+. It was a good enough story, but the special effects were downright hokey, and we never really understood why Scott's brain was trapped inside. >11 An Enemy Within >B- >Pardon my chauvinism but I believe this episode was a bigger hit with the >female fans than with the males. It's a good change of pace episode. >There is no sign of the organization. But I found it difficult to enjoy >since I was afraid it was going to be the first in a long line of "The >Fugitive"/"Incredible Hulk" type episodes where Tom goes from town to >town, week after week, helping strangers. No, this was an A-. I thought it was a beautifully written piece that again showed the simple humanity of Tom. Emily was sexy, tough, believable, sexy, smart, caring and sexy. I, too, picture Tom at some point going back to see little Tommy running around the family farm. >12 It's Not Such a Wonderful Life >C+ >I still scratch my head over this one. I guess I failed to see any point >to this episode. the ending was frustratingly vague. This was an A+. I got the point and thoroughly enjoyed it. The angst of Tom being sucked back in and then spit back out was excruciating to see, but made for great drama. >16 Shine a Light on You >B >Then again, those fans who jumped ship may very well have missed out on a >treat. This is an unjustly maligned episode(imo) and one of my favorites. > This episode neither advances the overall plot nor does it explore Tom's >psyche. It's just a lot of fun(We can't have episodes like "Shutterbug" >EVERY week :) ). We are treated to an intriguing premise dealing with >UFO sightings being used to coverup the existence of secret experiments >and the show has a good cast. I gave this one a C. I didn't care for the cast, I didn't think the plot was intriguing or believable, and as you said it didn't advance the story one bit. It wasn't much fun. >17 Stay Tuned >D Yes, this was the worst of the lot. >18 Hidden Agenda >B+ >The "flashback" episode that turned the series on its head is framed by >compelling sequences involving the traitor, Mr. Hale. The Chilean >"flashback" itself is not terribly interesting. Dwight Schulz's hyper act >seems forced. Greenwood's scared-to-death bit not terribly convincing. Wrong, wrong, wrong wrong wrong!!! (You knew we'd disagree completely somewhere along the line.) While you're not far off on your grade (I give it an A), I thought that Bruce's acting was amazingly realistic. His scared-to-death scene showed him shaking, jerkily looking about in case he was next, and I was totally convinced that he felt his life threatened (and sickened by his friend's death). This was one great piece of acting! >19 Doppelganger >C >A throwaway(imnsho) episode which I feel has been over analyzed by fans. >Tom walks into an organization trap: a double is posing as Tom and Tom is >forced to play the "Will the real Fred Flintstone please identify >himself?" routine. Tom's turning the tables at the end is a bit far >fetched and doesn't make a heck of a lot of sense. Why would an operative >consent to a rendezvous based on one vague telephone message? Because she was his superior in the Organization and was calling the shots (one of which got a little too close and killed him). >20 Through a Lens, Darkly(aka "Shutterbug") >A >The best episode of "Nowhere Man: in the eyes of many people. I'll give you the grade, but not that this was the best. That goes as a tie between INSAWL and Hidden Agenda. >21 The Dark Side of The Moon >A >A surrprisingly good change of pace episode. This was the physical abuse that matched the mental abuse of INSAWL. >23 Coma >A >The last really great episode. Nah, I'd give it a B. All Tom had to do to discredit the ENTIRE setup was to look at a calendar. Implausible lies he should have seen through, but a great ending. >25 Exposed >B I liked the variety of approaches, including this spy vs. spy episode, and I thought the ending was entirely fitting in that it didn't just hand out answers (i.e., Calaway - which was the second worst episode) and left us with more questions than we began with. I give it an A-. I e-mailed ABC yesterday because I would like to see this series continue with new minds coming up with new twists (something more than it was a neato idea to throw in some glass sounds). Keep those cards and letters coming (or going). Jefferson "Going Nowhere for Most of My Vacation" Hatch

1996-07-11 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (George or Karen <geoholt@ix.netcom.com>)


puddintame@aol.com (PuddinTame) wrote: >Okay, time to sit back in my swivel chair and pass judgment on all 25 >episodes. I'm rating each one using standard school grades (A to F). I >mainly restricted my comments to episodes I feel strongly about pro or >con. > >I'm sure everyone will agree with my wise opinions :) > >6. The Spider Webb >A >My favorite episode. Richard Kind steals the show as TV producer Max Webb. Absolutely agree! The ultimate mind-f*** to have people not only know everything about you, everything you do and WILL do (especially if you're a little, erm, paranoid)... and broadcast it on television. Where, worse yet, it's a CHEESY television show! And viewers think that all of your anguished decisions are so obvious and clueless! Just one big insulting riot. >7. A Rough Whimper of Insanity >B I rate a B+. The whole virtual reality thing at the end was just bad. But I can't fault too much a show that starts with the comment that "this is a house of fear" followed by the person-less money exchange for the pizza. Plus, the clever rubbing-your-face-in-it of the computer nerd lifestyle and where that can get you... Some of these others, without comments as to what the episodes are, I don't even remember the plot lines for... >11 An Enemy Within >B- >Pardon my chauvinism but I believe this episode was a bigger hit with the >female fans than with the males. It's a good change of pace episode. >There is no sign of the organization. But I found it difficult to enjoy >since I was afraid it was going to be the first in a long line of "The >Fugitive"/"Incredible Hulk" type episodes where Tom goes from town to >town, week after week, helping strangers. This IS chauvinist, because some of us female viewers... Hurk!! I stand by my Nowhere Puddin' parody of this pathetic episode, which I now want to call "The Puddin' Within" instead of "Combine Puddin'" which I used because I couldn't remember the name of this lame-o installment. I give this episode... a C grade. A detour which amazingly crosses the World Workers' Party with a Harlequin Romance, and manages to be both preachy and cloying. Hurk!! again. I can't stress it enough. >12 It's Not Such a Wonderful Life >C+ >I still scratch my head over this one. I guess I failed to see any point >to this episode. the ending was frustratingly vague. I give this one a B+, for the (especially in retrospect) way it gives Tom everything he wants and snatches it all back in a single episode, plus shows us that the negatives are not the point... It's an emotionally wrenching episode, and gets points for being good television drama. >15 Forever Jung >C >The series takes a wrong turn here...into the perilous waters of schlock >sci-fi. I'm sure a few diehard fans may have jumped ship after watching >this one and then seeing the promo for the next episode whiuch deals >with UFO's. Except for those who were entranced by Tom's sidekick, "Titsy," in the white leotard outfit... >21 The Dark Side of The Moon >A >A surrprisingly good change of pace episode. "Nowhere Man" meets "The >Warriors" as Tom races against time, a street gang, and an organization >operative during the wee hours of the morning on the wrong side of the >tracks. This episode has a really great "look"...each scene is splashed >with primary colors, giving it a dreamlike quality. One of the most >surreal sequences of the series occurs when Tom crashes an art gallery >opening, is escorted out and ends up wandering down a street and staring >up at four ducks hanging in a butcher shop window. This ghetto is one >spot on the map where the organization does not seem to exert any >control. I confess experiencing a sick, voyeuristic pleasure toward the >end when the streetgang trashes the limo. :) A??? The "Warriors" rip-off was one of the things that made this such a BAD episode. Total throwaway. Hurk!! again. I give this a C grade at best. >22 Calaway >C- >A disappointing treatment of what one would think to be an unbeatable >premise: Tom returns to the mental hospital where he was a patient in >the first episode. This ranks as one of the more dismal entries in the >series. Bruce Greenwood gives a convincing performance as a victim of >sleep deprivation. Because of Tom's predicament however, in order for >this episode to succeed we need a compelling plot and strong >performances by the rest of the cast. Surely you cannot disparage the job done by the actor who played the former-mental-patient-turned-psychiatrist. I still consider that some of the finest work on this series. I realize I'm hugely in the minority on this episode, but I give this an A. The idea of being destroyed by sleep-deprivation and returning to the place he fears most appeals to me as a great angle to the story, plus the contrast of the reprogrammed J.C. (who is now an esteemed doctor instead of a mental patient, and so may have gotten a BETTER deal when his memory was superseded) with Tom is terrific. I still think people make WAAAYY too much of the things J.C. says about the mind-control experiments and how they work. Again, why should we assume that J.C. actually knows ANYTHING about this? He knows what he's been told, sure, but why would they tell him the truth either? And at the end, you can clearly see that the hospital's director knows J.C. is not to be trusted anymore. Other than these episodes, I agree with _much_ of what you said-- at least for the episodes I remember! ------------------------- Karen Kimball geoholt@ix.netcom.com

1996-07-11 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (alantuck@usa.pipeline.com)


On Jul 11, 1996 02:30:37 in article <Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes>, 'George or Karen <geoholt@ix.netcom.com>' wrote: >>My favorite episode. Richard Kind steals the show as TV producer Max Webb. > >Absolutely agree! The ultimate mind-f*** to have people not only >know everything about you, everything you do and WILL do (especially >if you're a little, erm, paranoid)... and broadcast it on television. >Where, worse yet, it's a CHEESY television show! And viewers think >that all of your anguished decisions are so obvious and clueless! >Just one big insulting riot. I just read in The Hollywood Reporter or Daily Variety that something similar to this ep is being produced for television or the big-screen. I can't recall, and truthfully, it is driving me crazy trying to remember. If somebody knows, please help me out. Alan Tucker

1996-07-11 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (IJBall@aol.com)


In article <4s20op$5j1@news1.t1.usa.pipeline.com>, alantuck@usa.pipeline.com(Alan Tucker) wrote: > I just read in The Hollywood Reporter or Daily Variety that something > similar to this ep is being produced for television or the big-screen. I > can't recall, and truthfully, it is driving me crazy trying to remember. > If somebody knows, please help me out. That's a Jim Carrey project. It's called "The [Some Name] Show". I doubt it'll be executed quite like "The Spider Webb" though. -- Ian J. Ball | Want my TV episode guides or rec.arts.tv FAQ? Grad Student, UCLA | http://members.aol.com/IJBall/WWW/IJBall.html IJBall@aol.com | ftp://members.aol.com/IJBall3/FTP/ ijb@ucla.edu | "What to do, with time so short?..."

1996-07-20 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (bruc1326@aol.com)


I seem to be alone in this view, but I didn't like the Spider Webb. I couldn't and don't understand what the organization was trying to do here. The objective seemed to be to have Tom kill himself by opening the drawer and gassing himself when he predictable tried to find his file. But I thought they wanted the negatives? Why attempt to induce Tom to kill himself without the picutures, and concept of predicitability didn't seem vary interesting to me. Max Webb is an interesting character however.

1996-07-21 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (alantuck@usa.pipeline.com)


On Jul 21, 1996 12:50:13 in article <Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes>, 'larryh@interramp.com (Larry Hertzog)' wrote: >Actually is it stated that "there's this gas that makes him >docile and cooperative -- sort of a chemical lobotomy." Sort of like the reaction of friends and family after I've eaten too much corned beef and pastrami. Actually, a very, very minor "clue" question I once pondered has been answered. Come to think of it, it's not even a very, very minor "clue" question if Bun E., uh, I mean Larry is answering it. This explains how Max Webb might have possibly made a return appearance, as indicated in a Compuserve conference. Like Max Smart said, "The old gas that makes him docile and cooperative trick." Alan Tucker

1996-07-21 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (IJBall@aol.com)


In article <4srgn6$b4o@newsbf02.news.aol.com>, bruc1326@aol.com (Bruc1326) wrote: > I seem to be alone in this view, but I didn't like the Spider Webb. I > couldn't and don't understand what the organization was trying to do here. > The objective seemed to be to have Tom kill himself by opening the drawer > and gassing himself when he predictable tried to find his file. But I > thought they wanted the negatives? It is never actually stated (I believe) that the gas was poisonous, it was just implied. Perhaps it was only a sleeping gas. > Why attempt to induce Tom to kill > himself without the picutures, and concept of predicitability didn't seem > vary interesting to me. I thought that was the best part about that ep! ;> > Max Webb is an interesting character however. To say the least. Richard Kind should have gotten an "Guest" Emmy nod for that role. -- Ian J. Ball | Want my TV episode guides or rec.arts.tv FAQ? Grad Student, UCLA | http://members.aol.com/IJBall/WWW/IJBall.html IJBall@aol.com | ftp://members.aol.com/IJBall3/FTP/ ijb@ucla.edu | "What to do, with time so short?..."

1996-07-21 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (larryh@interramp.com)


In article <IJBall-2107961149300001@mac_rbk_3.chem.ucla.edu>, IJBall@aol.com says... > It is never actually stated (I believe) that the gas was poisonous, it was > just implied. Perhaps it was only a sleeping gas. > > Ian, Actually is it stated that "there's this gas that makes him docile and cooperative -- sort of a chemical lobotomy." The actress, in the diner, is describing to Tom what happens to Lenny in the last episode. Larry

1996-07-22 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (larryh@interramp.com)


In article <4su5sh$3r6@news1.t1.usa.pipeline.com>, alantuck@usa.pipeline.com says... > "The old gas that makes him > docile and cooperative trick." > > Would you believe -- "makes him drowsy?"

1996-07-24 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (puddintame@aol.com)


In article <IJBall-2107961149300001@mac_rbk_3.chem.ucla.edu>, IJBall@aol.com (Ian J. Ball) writes: >To say the least. Richard Kind should have gotten an "Guest" Emmy nod for >that role. Well, he got the next best thing.. a "LARRY AWARD"! :)

1996-07-25 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (davidhh@ix.netcom.com)


roses@access1.digex.net (Rose Swicegood) wrote: >In article <MPLANET.31f289f3larryh98972e@usenet.interramp.com>, >Larry Hertzog <larryh@interramp.com> wrote: >>In article <IJBall-2107961149300001@mac_rbk_3.chem.ucla.edu>, >>IJBall@aol.com says... >>> It is never actually stated (I believe) that the gas was poisonous, it was >>> just implied. Perhaps it was only a sleeping gas. >>> >>> >> >>Ian, >> >>Actually is it stated that "there's this gas that makes him docile and >>cooperative -- sort of a chemical lobotomy." The actress, in the diner, >>is describing to Tom what happens to Lenny in the last episode. >> >>Larry > >Spider Webb still remains my favorite! Thanks, Larry, for the brilliant >writing. >Rose Swicegood Well, this is the episode that got me hooked! I had NOT intended to watch the show at first, trying to keep my tv viewing down after adding two more ultimately ill-fated series -- American Gothic and Space -- to my weekly viewing. But, for the hell of it, I set my VCR to tape the premiere, but I didn't know that it was 90 minutes! So I watched the first hour, and NEVER found out what heppened (well, not until the rerun!) So, I kept with my original plan, and skipped NWM, which was easy, since I usually worked on Monday nights, and just set the VCR for Voyager. One Monday night I was home. After watching Voyager, I headed to the computer to go online, leaving the tv on. Even with it just in the background, "Spider's Webb" got me so transfixed that I ended up in bed watching it, with my computer still online!" At the end, I was just amazed, saying "WOW!" over and over! That's all it took! And it's still my favorite! David

1996-07-25 00:00:00 - Re: Rating The Nowhere Man Episodes - (roses@access1.digex.net)


In article <MPLANET.31f289f3larryh98972e@usenet.interramp.com>, Larry Hertzog <larryh@interramp.com> wrote: >In article <IJBall-2107961149300001@mac_rbk_3.chem.ucla.edu>, >IJBall@aol.com says... >> It is never actually stated (I believe) that the gas was poisonous, it was >> just implied. Perhaps it was only a sleeping gas. >> >> > >Ian, > >Actually is it stated that "there's this gas that makes him docile and >cooperative -- sort of a chemical lobotomy." The actress, in the diner, >is describing to Tom what happens to Lenny in the last episode. > >Larry Spider Webb still remains my favorite! Thanks, Larry, for the brilliant writing. Rose Swicegood