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Building tension ending in a happy resolution to a popular television series

  • Aug 23, 2008
When I was young, one of my maternal aunts was a big fan of "The Fugitive" television series starring David Janssen. Therefore, when we were over at my grandmothers, if the time was right, we watched it. She had a crush on David Janssen, often keeping up a running commentary on what he was doing.
When it came time for the final two-part series finale, the children in my class were all talking about it and what the conclusion would be. The class was split into two factions, the one-armed man versus someone to that time unknown. As the anticipated evening arrived, there was a technical disaster. The local network affiliate lost their feed so when the time arrived, there was nothing.
This caused a great furor, my parents listened to a radio show "Air Your Opinion" at nights, and that was the only topic. A station spokesman had to call in and explain what had gone wrong. To mollify the angered masses, the television station aired the first part the following week and the second part the week after that. When it happened, my brother and I went to the neighbor's and watched the shows with a friend.
Unlike some series finales this one was an excellent capstone, there was no ambiguity and even Lt. Gerard demonstrated some humanity in giving Dr. Kimball one last chance to prove his innocence. After years of simulating Captain Ahab, when he finally had his prey in his grasp, Gerard was compassionate to Kimball, going along with his "final" requests. The conclusion is a happy one, typical of the television of the sixties, the actual villain is punished and the innocent find their bliss at the end. There was a great deal of tension in getting there, my wife Kathy had never seen an episode and she was on the edge of her seat over the action.

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