|Strange Fate of Flight 608|
The second season of the Hardy Boys featured many episodes with The Boys on the road, both in the United States and abroad, such as a string of episodes where they drove from France to Kenya, with stops at Transylvania and Egypt along the way, or later when they took a road trip from Massachusetts to Las Vegas, with a stop to solve a mystery in New Mexico. Making things confusing was the fact that these episodes were either filmed or aired out of order, so they would be driving from Egypt to Kenya in one episode, then they would be in Los Angeles the next, and then they would arrive in Kenya the episode after that.
|Joe and Frank Stand in Front of a "Las Vegas" Poster|
|Island Cove Bar|
|Hiding Under the Desk|
|Joe Panics About Flying Over the Bermuda Triangle|
|"May Day! May Day! Can you read me, over? Roger zero delta! That's the sort of thing I'm supposed to say on a radio, right? Over! Roger!"|
- Movie References. This episode seems to be an homage to adventure movies from the 1940s, such as Casablanca or the Maltese Falcon. The two villains are clearly patterned after Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre, and the "Island Cove Bar" could be a weak stand-in for "Rick's Café Américain."
- Recycled Props. Be on the look-out for props and sets that have been re-used from previous episodes. For instance, the wicker chair that the Sydney Greenstreet character sits in at the "Island Cove Bar" was last seen a few episodes back at the "Grammy American Bar & Disco" in "The Mystery of King Tut's Tomb."
- Stock Footage. The airplane evacuation footage is clearly from another movie or show. When the crashed airplane is evacuated, the raft is full of men, while other men help people on to the rafts. But in this episode, the plane was full of women. The only men on the plane were Frank, Joe, and the three unconscious pilots. Even better, when the the two villains sail through a storm to reach the island, the footage of the boat is from the opening credits of Gilligan's Island, when they sing "the weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed."
- Guest Star Don Marshall. Don Marshall plays a member of the flight crew in this episode. Don was all over TV in the 1960s and '70s. He's probably best known as one of the stars of the sci-fi show "Land of the Giants" in 1968, at a time when a black man in a lead role was practically unheard of. He's also had roles on tons of other sci-fi shows, including Star Trek, The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Bionic Woman, and Mission Impossible, as well as in the cult classic sci-fi films Terminal Island and The Thing With Two Heads.
|Frank and Joe Stare Into Each Other's Eyes|
BONUS! MUSIC VIDEOS:
Middle of the Road - Fate Strange Fate
Radiohead - Lucky
More screencaps after the jump...
|"Doo Run Run Run, Da Doo Run Run"|
|Opening a Safe|
|Diamonds are a Boy's Best Friend|
|"Hi, I'm TV's Don Marshall!"|
|Peter Lorre Jr. Infiltrates the Hot Dog Stand|
|Sydney Greenstreet Jr. Sits on a Familiar Chair|
|"Gee, the Captain is acting a little strange."|
|Breaking Into the Cockpit|
|"We are so f---ed!"|
|The Incredible Air Traffic Controller Hulk|
|Frightening Lightning Strikes!|
|Engine on Fire|
|The Radio Magnetic Indicator|
|Escaping From the Crash|
|The Mysterious Men of Flight 608: Never appearing before this scene, and never seen again. Maybe they all drowned.|
|"This, gentlemen, is a 'Map'."|
|"So, it looks like both our kids are dead. That totally sucks, am I right?"|
|Peter Lorre Jr. and Sydney Greenstreet Jr. Come Up With an Evil Scheme|
|Wet and Dirty Boys|
|"The weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed..."|
|"The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle..."|
|Frank and a stewardess watch Joe as he sleeps. Heck, who can blame them? He looks so peaceful, like a little angel.|
|Did I say "Sydney Greenstreet Jr. and Peter Lorre Jr.?" I meant "Alan Hale III and Bob Denver Jr.," my bad.|
|"Here, drink this can of peas."|
|Dirty Pretty Boys|
|"Hi! We're creepy!"|
|Frank Hardy is Molested by a Man in an Off-White Suit|
|Joe Hardy Grips His Shaft|
|At last! We had to wait till the end of the episode, but the Boys finally rubbed their shoulders together. No episode of the Hardy Boys is complete without it!|