surveillance is as old as the hills
- Hello everyone
I think you'd find contemporary references in a lot of series of that time
period. In 'Search's case it's more a case of reminding people that it was
happening in the there & now as opposed to in the future. When you consider
how many reviewers noted it as a 'futuristic series', I suspect Leslie
Stevens thought that might be the case from the start & made sure it was
played in the present with all those references.
One thing for sure, he & his writers were totally ignorant about Britain.
We don't pay tax separately when buying things. Even when VAT was introduced
years later, it's added as the combined price. Neither can people outside of
the police force or security forces get a warrant to search someone's
Hello Yorktown (your parents liked aircraft carriers??)
Re: Jeff Corey. McCarthyism is right up there with prohibition where
opinion versus human nature doesn't get a balanced outlook. Hopefully, it's
probably why your country's Bible Belt isn't going to get too strong a hold
Re: Watergate. Black Bag operations have always been carried out usually
with the country's interests at heart rather than for personal gain. What
made Watergate significant was a president using it to ensure he had an edge
in an election.
'Search' really only had their Probes bugged. Except for rare exceptions,
they didn't leave their scanners after they left. If the series was revived
today, I think that aspect would be reconsidered. Incidentally, does anyone
know how the law rules in private citizens dropping listening/video bugs
these days?? Depending on circumstances, is it espionage or industrial
espionage & what happens if the police or feds come after you??
I remember seeing 'The Chairman' a few years back but the transmitter in
Greg Peck's head wasn't for surveillance as I recall. Wasn't it linked to
some sort of bomb??
Hello Ken & Marta
If you want to really go hunting surveillance, one only has to look at
George Orwell's '1984'. He was a few years early in some respects. Saying
that, the USSR had their own surveillance even if they didn't rely on
cameras. Any totalitarian government will want to keep an eye on what its
citizens are doing.
No one really considered the use of some of these cameras to keep an eye
out for street crime as most of it is being used today. Then again, 20 years
ago no one thought crime would need such measures either.
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- --- In probe_control@y..., "Geoff Willmetts" wrote:
> I think you'd find contemporary references in a lot of series ofHi Geoff: Good to hear from you again. What really happened was
> that time period...
that Actingman sent me a package of Trevor's episodes and asked for
reactions. The post I made about topical references were a bunch of
little things I noticed about some of the episodes that couldn't be
tied together any other way. :-)
Someone once pointed out that shows can be too topical. For
example, "I Love Lucy" is still funny to new audiences today because
the situations Lucy gets herself into are universal and timeless. On
the other hand, some episodes of "All in the Family" have lost their
initial punch because they are full of jokes about then-President
Nixon, which new audiences today have trouble identifying with.
Getting back to SEARCH: If anyone out there has a video dub of "Ends
of the Earth," please let us know!