Friday, March 16, 2012


Last November I wrote
a series of articles about Redjac and of all the TV characters it inhabited before it first showed up officially in 'Star Trek'. It was a lot of fun to do and I especially enjoyed doing the research. But as usual with my work ethic, it was far from complete.

I've got another candidate to be a host for Redjac and it fits easily into the Toobworld timeline. And it's all thanks to Robert Bloch, who first gave us Redjac and has long been fascinated by the legend of Jack the Ripper.

And what better place to find this version of Redjac than in an episode of 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'?


Bloch wrote "The Big Kick", about a girl in the Beatnik scene as it was dying down in New York City, and about the "square" who was interested in her.

As it turned out, "Kenny" (if that was his real name) may have been a square, but he was hardly clean cut. ("Cut" being a key word.) He framed Judy Baker's boyfriend Mitch for a jewelry heist, which she thought was Kenny's attempt to get her for himself.

Only thing was, he wasn't interested in her sexually as she thought. Kenny had a different "kick" in mind for Judy.....

"See my pretty knife?"
 On the Toobworld timeline for Redjac, Kenny could be squeezed in between "The Creeper" (also from 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents') and Dr. John Carmody (from 'Thriller' and another Bloch tale - "Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper".)


There is no connection between Kenny and Trapper John McIntyre of 'M*A*S*H', even though both are played by Wayne Rogers. Unless of course we consider Trap to be Kenny's older brother and that "McIntyre" is Kenny's last name. Even though 'M*A*S*H' was broadcast later than this 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' episode, it took place years earlier in the Toobworld timeline. So Trapper John couldn't be using "Kenny" as an alias, because he looked far older back in Korea. (And would look completely different once he aged some more, as seen in the series 'Trapper John'.)

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