It’s a Jungle Out There: Worldwide Monk Watch Party

There’s one obvious detective for these difficult times, with so much negative news and people having to be so careful about everything: Adrian Monk (played by Emmy Award Winner Tony Shalloub).

From 2002-2008, Monk solved mysteries over the USA Network while confronting his large number of phobias and personal demons with humor and humanity.

On Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monk fans will rewatch the first episode from Season 1, Mr. Monk and the Candidate.

You can share your thoughts as you watch the episode on our Facebook event page. You can also post thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #itsajungle

The episode is available for free if you’re subscribed to Amazon Prime. It’s also available on DVD or for purchase in the Apple Store.

Special thanks to Emily Cook whose #SavetheDay campaign to have Doctor Who fans rewatch Day of the Doctor (the 50th Anniversary special for Doctor Who) was the inspiration for this event.

EP3100: Johnny Madero: The Fatal Auction (Jack Webb Centennial)

Johnny Madero is persuaded to bid on a mystery box at an auction by a beautiful woman  who disappeared after he won the auction.

Original AIr Date: June 26, 1947

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EP3099: Pat Novak for Hire: Shirt Mix-Up at the Laundry (Jack Webb Centennial)

Novak gets the wrong shirts from the laundry and when he tries to trade for the right shirt, he finds himself accused of murder.

Original Air Date: May 7, 1949

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AWR0103: Escape: Poison (Jack Webb Centennial)

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A man’s bigoted friend is trapped in bed with a deadly snake, and the only one who can help is a doctor from India.

Original Air Date: July 28, 1950

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Audio Drama Review: The Twilight Zone Audio Dramas, Volume 5 Review

Volume 5 of the Twilight Zone Audio Dramas offers six more adaptations of Twilight Zone in TV episodes.

The set kicks off with, “The Rip Van Winkle Caper.” It’s a story of a well-planned robbery where a scientist is part of the gang and has a plot to avoid prosecution: have the gang hide out in the cave with their stolen gold and then put themselves in suspended animation. The story delivers a smashing twist at the end, but before it gets there, we’re given some great interaction between the members of the gang. The story is a clever and intricate morality tale that holds up quite well.

The next story is, “A Most Unusual Camera,” which is about small-time crooks getting a relatively small haul from a pawnshop burglary that includes a camera that, as they discover, can predict the future. After an unnecessary scene with the crime being reported to the police by the owners of the pawnshop (who are never heard from again), the interaction between the small-time crooks dominates the rest of the story and is a real treat to listen to with a lot of plans, double crosses, and twists.

In “Twenty-two,” a singer is terrified by dreams about the number 22 and she senses impending doom surrounding it and tries to avoid whatever fate awaits. This is a well-done suspenseful tale, though to be honest, it’s the weakest story in the set, which says a lot for this particular box set.

“The Midnight Sun” finds two women trapped in an apartment in a big city as the Earth is moving closer to the sun and everyone is trying to get away from it. The characters in this are great, and there’s a big twist at the end.

In “Walking Distance,” a stressed out ad executive takes a walk while his car’s getting fixed to the nearby town where he was raised. It’s a wistful, sad, yet wise story for anyone who’s ever visited somewhere they grew up and expected it to be exactly as it was as this time he finds it that way.

The set concludes with, “The Passerby” which finds a Confederate War Widow watching the defeated Southern Army return home. She begins to notice strange things, including the return of a soldier she’d believed dead. The story has some atmospheric moments, a great reveal, and an unforgettable closing scene. It’s a picture of the sadness and tragedy of war that’s beautifully realized.

Overall, this is one of my favorite sets in this series. Unlike previous sets, there are no recognizable guest stars in the cast, but to be fair, the original Twilight Zone series, most episodes didn’t feature huge stars or those who would become big stars. For every episode of the TV series featuring William Shatner, Peter Falk, or Burgess Meredith, you’d have an episode or two featuring actors no one remembers. The strength of the Twilight Zone are its writing, its concepts, and the thoughtful ideas at the heart of each script, and that strength really shines through here.

If you’re curious about the radio series, this is definitely a set I’d recommend. The stories are very well-realized and capture the spirit of the original series beautifully.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

EP3098: Dragnet: The Big Revision

Jack Webb

Friday and Smith investigate a $200,000 house burglary.

Original Air Date: May 10, 1955

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