Saturday, December 22, 2018

Searching For "in Search of..."

After I posted last Sunday's "Sunday Fun" piece, "in Search of..." (1977 - 1982) Titles, I got the urge to check out the series I hardly watched.

Picked Three:

"Haunted Palaces"

What impressed me most was the difference in styles between subject matters. "Bigfoot" was the way I remember the show being; a bit of this and a bit of that. The other two episodes took approaches befitting the material: "Haunted Palaces", lots of atmosphere; "Ghosts", a ghost hunter investigates, and this becomes the episode's narrative drive.

The question I ask myself is this: Why did I ignore in Search of... when it originally aired? Did it have to become a piece of nostalgia though reputation for me to become intrigued?...something to search for?...


Jon said...

Great opening tune -- an earworm.

Simon St. Laurent said...

Exactly. I often 'warn' readers when I write a piece about a show that has a catchy theme tune.

Which begs the question: Why are tv tunes today so tuneless?....

Jon said...

Wired mag did a piece on that subject. Their take is that the show "True Detective" was a large influence on the industry.

I find that many opening sequences/themes created in this TD style are interchangable, but offhand, "Westworld" and "Game of Thrones" stand out as uniquely matched to their show's niche.

Simon St. Laurent said...

Interesting. Thanks for the notes!