Release Message: A man named Alpha from 2823 sends two Collectors to bring Nelson (Richard Basehart) to his time to add the Admiral to his collection of military officers. Chief Sharkey goes to the future to help while the Collectors wreak havoc on the Seaview.
Description: A man named Alpha from 2823 sends two Collectors to bring Nelson to his time to add the Admiral to his collection of military officers. Chief Sharkey goes to the future to help while the Collectors wreak havoc on the Seaview. A beam of light strikes the Seaview. Two silver-faced beings materialize inside a time portal. They freeze the crew using unknown technology, then send Admiral Nelson forward in time to a complex owned by Alpha (John Crawford ) which is a museum devoted to military figures, only these are not wax, but the real thing. Plundered from the past. With a four-hour working week in place, citizens of the future have plenty of leisure time to spare, so a 'Hobby Act' has been passed by the Government. Alpha is well within his rights to kidnap military people from periods of history, and brainwash them toresembles add to his collection. Nelson is to be the latest addition... A remake of a 'Time Tunnel' episode entitled 'The Kidnappers', this gets off to a good start, loses its way about half the way through before ending on a down note. Alpha wants not only Nelson, but 'weapons of war' from the Seaview to enable him to carry out a revolution in his own time. So why do they not do this, instead of standing around the 'time lock' like sentries? When they finally become active, all they do is go to Nelson's cabin to steal the rest of his uniform. Alpha's control room is nicely designed, with lots of lovely flashing lights of the sort that cropped up in Irwin Allen's other shows. The climax has Crane, Sharkey and Nelson escaping back to the Seaview just before blowing up Alpha's complex, killing all the kidnapped soldiers. The writer ( William Welch ) had clearly painted himself into a corner, but even so it is a pity that Nelson did not express remorse for their deaths, in fact it is shamelessly glossed over.