Saturday, April 14, 2012
Though many people assume that there must have been an episode of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone about the Titanic, there never was. One of the hour TZ episodes had Dana Andrews traveling back in time to prevent various disasters and he ended up on the Lusitania, one of history's other famous sunken ships, but the Titanic never sailed through the Twilight Zone. However, in Serling's second series The Night Gallery he wrote an episode -- or a segment, each hour contained several stories -- entitled "The Lone Survivor" about a haunted passenger from the doomed Titanic who ends up on...the Lusitania.
"The Lone Survivor" is John Colicos (left), the great character actor well-remembered as Klingon Commander Kor in the Star Trek TOS episode "Errand of Mercy" and from his role in classic Battlestar Galactica; his performance here is wonderful. The equally great actor Torin Thatcher -- Star Trek TOS "Return of the Archons" (the one with Landru and the Red Hour) and the wizard in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad -- co-stars as the captain of the Lusitania.
It's the second segment of the episode; you can forward past the first, unless you want to watch Phyllis Diller in her story, which you might. She's always fun!
More on Titanic later today!