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Archive for 'Adventure Miniseries'

World War III (1982)

Well who didn’t love the Cold War?  Fifty years of scare tactics and on-purpose misunderstandings, not to mention bunkers and gender-undefinable East German Olympians, what’s not to love?  It was a loony period in world history.  To quote Mr. Sondheim, “everything was possible and nothing made sense.” And that brings us to “World War III.” […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 3

We’re back!  Again!  Let’s continue exactly where we left off in “The Dain Curse,” based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a gripping miniseries for sure, even after two tense airings. Once again, trouble has followed Gabrielle Leggett (Nancy Addison).  After a pile of bodies started stacking, including her parents and an assorted menagerie of […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 2

We’re back!  Let’s continue exactly where we left off in “The Dain Curse,” based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, a gripping miniseries for sure!   That would be the Temple of the Holy Grail, run by Aaronia Haldorn (Jean Simmons) and her husband Joseph (Ellis Raab), which scary henchman Tom Fink (Brent Spiner).  There […]

The Dain Curse (1978)–Part 1

Since “The Dain Curse” is a good old-fashioned mystery, I’m going to chop the information up as if we were watching it night by night as it aired in 1978.  I’m not cheating, I assure you.  The first segment of “The Dain Curse” has more plot, characters, red herrings, crimes and outstanding performances than a […]

A Tale of Two Cities (1980)

Let’s take a romp through literature again, shall we? “The Count of Monte-Cristo” (covered here: and the incorrect spelling is theirs, not mine) was done as a two-hour telemovie.  How?  How does a book most people use as a doorstop due to its size, get so shortened?  Well, in that case, it was pre-miniseries, in the […]

SEQUEL ALERT: Heaven and Hell: North and South, Book 3

Oh, I know, the fact that I’m referring to “Heaven and Hell, North and South, Book 3” as a sequel is not going to sit well with everyone. The “North and South” novels of John Jakes came out in 1982, 1984 and 1987.  Miniseries of Books 1 and 2 had both aired by mid-1986.  Why […]

Amerika (1987)–Marathon Entry #100

One hundred miniseries have been jotted down here for everyone’s amusement or education (or notes for my proposed book).  I can’t believe it.  And there are sooooooo many more to do.  I will keep at it.  I rather idiotically said I would give myself a year for this. It will be two years in December. […]

V (1983)

As we have seen before, oddball miniseries that aren’t history, romance or adventure (though I consider them the latter), can be a mixed bag for viewers. Wild Palms is an attempt to just be downright strange, From the Dead of Night is far too bland, The Martian Chronicles is in the top ten stupidest things ever to appear on […]

The Sacketts (1979)

(Note: When “The Sacketts” aired, the run time was approximately six hours, but the video and DVD releases are only three hours; these notes are based on the DVD release.) It’s actually surprising that there were not more miniseries based on Louis L’Amour novels.  After all, he wrote about 6,000 books each year of his […]

Pearl (1978)

My friends, it’s been a long time since we sifted our way through a World War II miniseries, and there are only about 407 more to get through, so let’s just jump right into “Pearl.”  As in the harbor.  As in you know exactly what is going to happen before we even start because we […]