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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 10 June 2018 at 7:34am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Actor Barry Morse was born 100 years ago today:


I'm sure we're familiar with much of his work, whether it be Lt. Gerard in THE FUGITIVE or Professor Bergman in SPACE: 1999 (who was nowhere to be seen in the second season). 

A great talent. 

I wish Morse had appeared in THE INCREDIBLE HULK. They could have had an episode where he, as a retired detective, is recommended for a job chasing the Hulk; he could have declined the offer, telling his former superiors that he had spent what seemed a lifetime chasing another fugitive years ago - and had no desire to do it again.
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He worked in Canadian tv for a long time. Space: 1999 without him was almost not worth having.
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Although his job on 1999 was essentially Spock's on Star Trek, the role he played as philosopher and humanist was that of McCoy, providing insight and observations assuring the others that they could survive their ordeal and likely grow from it. He was too curious to simply go back to Earth and be done with their adventure. Fascinating character. 

Robbie, I like your idea, especially as it relates to television as a "fugitive" medium.

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Thanks. :)

It's hard not to see the similarities between McGee/Banner and Gerard/Kimble. I wonder, was Kenneth Johnson inspired by THE FUGITIVE, consciously or otherwise?

Regarding SPACE: 1999, I missed his presence in the second season.
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There's a Gerry Anderson fanzine out of the Liverpool area which has a lot of sharp humour in it, and there was an 'Alpha Log' piece describing how Victor Bergman had scarpered off suddenly with a lot of the wine and all the uniforms (thus the new season two uniforms). :^)

I always kept waiting for someone to be seen using a purple mop on Moonbase (those silly wigs from the earlier Andersons' moon-based UFO series)! :^D
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I remember him in The Zoo Gang alongside John Mills,
Brian Keith and Lilli Palmer, i used to love that show
as a kid,despite it featuring geriatric crimefighters!
Nice Paul McCartney and Wings theme tune too! (B-side of
Band On The Run single if memory serves)
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It's hard not to see the similarities between McGee/Banner and Gerard/Kimble. I wonder, was Kenneth Johnson inspired by THE FUGITIVE, consciously or otherwise?

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Robbie, from an interview IGN carried out with Kenneth Johnson regarding the show and its format. I'd note that The Fugitive was based on Les Miserables as well.

IGN DVD: I've been a huge fan of The Incredible Hulk since I was a little kid, and one of the things that stood out to me with the DVD set was how well the episodes hold up today when you watch them. To what do you attribute this longevity?

Kenneth Johnson: Well, it's funny. When I went back to do the commentary on the pilot, I told Universal I would do it, and then as I was approaching it, I thought, oh, God, what is this thing going to look like? Because I hadn't looked at it in 25 years. But I started screening it and I found myself immediately getting caught up in it, and I think that the success and the longevity comes from the fact that it's based on really classic material. When I wrote it, I had been reading Les Miserables at the time so I had Jean Valjean and Javert and the fugitive concept in my head, and I took a little of that classic Victor Hugo and a little of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and really imbued the original pilot with that sense of human drama. [Also], because I really set out to mine all of the emotions that somebody like David Banner would go through under the circumstances. And when I got Bill Bixby to be the lead, Bill just absolutely hit all of the notes that I asked him to hit, and he immediately caught you up in his emotional life. I think it's that combination of emotional life and basis in the classics that have made it as successful as it is.

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Thanks for that, Greg, it's very interesting!
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