Oct 27, 2015
Dave and Elise are assigned to guide you through the "bloody-minded impenetrability" (in the words of THE SCI-FI FREAK SITE) of obscure, no-budget British TV cult show SAPPHIRE AND STEEL (1979-82), about the strangest time police possibly in the history of the concept. In "Assignment 1," sometimes known as "Escape Through a Crack in Time," a cozy, isolated bourgeois household is invaded by the horrors of history when a nursery rhyme opens a time corridor that snatches away the parents, and only interdimensional beings with a Mulder-and-Scully-like thing going on, sent by a semi-transparent helmet floating through space, can save the day. But then a time monster's flashlight babies start making some really weird things happen, and, well... we try to explain.
Time (Travel) Table
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The Dream Syndicate "That's What You Always Say"
Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten (along with Debussy's music) in William Dieterle's Portrait of Jennie (1948)
"Magnet and Steel" Walter Egan
Bette Davis + lounge singer in Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory (1939)
Original Another Kind of Distance artwork by Lee McClure