In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the... See full summary »
In the early 1960's, as a U.S. Navy ship cruises near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific, its sonar detects muted hammering on metal undersea. The eerie sounds emanate from a submarine on the ocean floor, maybe there since World War II. A very nervous crew member (Mike Kellin) on the ship served aboard that sub - and he was its sole survivor. Written by
This episode remains in my memory as one of the most eerie of all. It was well suited to the one hour format that was alloted to Serling for one year's worth of the show. The story concerns a sailor from WWII who is a career military man and still serving in the early 60's. A submarine sunk during the war, of which he was the sole surviving crew member, is discovered by sonar. A strange banging noise has brought the sunken hulk to the attention of the sonar operator. The sole survivor, recognizing his shipmates are all still sealed up in the wreck, becomes convinced that the tapping sound is their ghosts reaching out, as it were, from the grave for him. As always, Serling plays up the psychological aspects to the hilt. It is, in my estimation, the best of the one hour episodes, with an eerie Serling conclusion.
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