Sunday, August 28, 2016

MY FAVORITE MARTIAN: Russians "R" In Season

Starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby
Guest Stars:  Richard Deacon, Frank Aletter, Edward Holmes, Bryan O'Byrne
Directed by Alan Rafkin
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Tim's concerns about the U.S. space program cause him to write an anonymous letter to the editor using one of Martin's formulas to help out, but the government soon tracks it back to him.

An amusing affair with Martin using his powers to evade the government's probes while Tim's attempts at subterfuge are all-too easily found out, the episode features the familiar character actor Richard Deacon in the guest cast, well-known from his supporting role on The Dick Van Dyke Show.   The script raises some good points about Martin's lack of any credentials here on Earth, which may cause the character further trouble in episodes to come.

Friday, August 12, 2016

MY FAVORITE MARTIAN: There Is No Cure For The Common Martian

Starring Ray Walston, Bill Bixby
Guest Stars:  Pamela Britton, Willard Waterman, Sharon Farrell, Phil Garris
Directed by Sidney Miller
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

While Martin is bedridden after catching a cold, Tim is assigned to review a department store display devoted to outer space, which is not very accurate.

Bixby has fun once again with some wild gestures looking for an invisible Martin which no one knows about but him, although there's not much new or different about this episode.  It's entertaining however, with comedy veteran Willard Waterman, formerly of radio's Great Gildersleeve, playing another pompous blowhard who threatens Tim's employment after Martin is forced to write his review.