Yeah yeah yeah, I know most of you whipper snappers are too young to remember this old cowboy westernTV show. I am not sure if I remember the actual show, or the first set of reruns. I do remember the great opening sequence to the show though. Originally, each show opened with exactly the same 45-second visual. Over a slow four-note-repeat backbeat score, a tight shot of a white chess knight emblem centered in a black background is shown. The view widens to show that the knight is actually an emblem affixed onto the black pistol holster of a gunman, clad entirely in black, who is standing with right side to the camera, and his left hand in the pistol belt. Only his midsection, showing the full gun holster, is seen. Paladin’s right hand then slowly draws the weapon, a long-barreled revolver, from the holster, leisurely cocks it, and then rotates it to point the barrel exactly at the viewer, for 10 seconds. During this time, Paladin delivers a pointed line of dialogue from the coming episode. Very cool!
*I beefed up the knight chess piece a little bit. the original one wasn’t very clear.