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Andrew Saxon
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Posted: 28 June 2018 at 11:03am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The 2002 Time Tunnel pilot had its own Doug Phillips, a now gender-swapped 'Toni' Newman and a Tunnel. Everything else from the 1966 show was ditched. Instead we got a show that combined elements from Sliders and Stargate SG1. Instead of Project Tic Toc, the 2002 pilot had Department of Energy scientists experimenting with 'hot fusion' and accidentally creating a time storm that alters history. Doug and Toni were no longer lost in time but now part of a team of travellers going back into history to fix the changes (fortunately this energy department had not been touched by the storm and, for some reason, had detailed records on everyone who had ever lived in the 'real' history...yeah, I know).

Personally, I felt that in this case the (re)makers had thrown away the main ingredient from the original recipe, which was two scientists lost in time. I'm not saying that if the pilot had gone to series it might not have been an interesting watch (despite plot holes bigger than the Tunnel itself), but would it still have been The Time Tunnel? Lose the names Doug Phillips and Toni Newman and you had something that might just as well have been called 'Time Storm'.
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 28 June 2018 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

The two biggest changes are that Macgyver has a team rather than working alone (Jack Dalton is his bodyguard, for instance) and his father is still alive. Disappointingly, when he finally showed up, it was Tate Donovan, not Richard Dean Anderson. (And his grandfather has also b been shown in flashbacks, so they can't go that route with RDA, either.)


He could still be an uncle though!
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Eric Jansen
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Posted: 21 November 2018 at 4:01pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Well, shoot--I find myself enjoying this show!

I do hate it when a reboot gender or race swaps a character, but "Juliet Higgins" is one of the best things about this show!  (I do hope she has a father named "Jonathan" who shows up at some point!)

It's still a little silly for a relatively short guy to be named "Magnum" though.  It was quite fitting for a tall guy like Tom Selleck to be a "Magnum"!  (Also silly for short Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher, a big guy with a "long reach"!)
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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 21 November 2018 at 4:58pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Juliet Higgins is the best part of the show. The guy playing Magnum was not the greatest casting choice, in my opinion. He registers nothing with me. 
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 22 November 2018 at 1:00pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Also silly for short Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher

And finally Lee Child himself has acknowledged as much! 
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 23 November 2018 at 11:30am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

There's supposedly a Jack Reacher series coming, but I haven't heard what it's going to be on: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, regular tv, a cable station, or something else? 

(If it's a steaming service other than Netflix or Amazon Prime, I won't be able to watch it. Though I *might* pick up CBS ALL-ACCESS depending on what the new series with Patrick Stewart as Picard is. No interest in the new TWILIGHT ZONE.)
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