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
Mike Kellin portraying the main character, Chief Bell, died 26 August 1983, the ship used for exterior shots in the episode was decommissioned 11 August 1983. Simon Oakland, who portrayed the captain, died three days later on 29 August 1983. See more »
"Doc" Matthews is an NCO corpsman. A ship large enough to be commanded by an officer of staff rank (like Beecham, who wears the insignia of a commander or lieutenant commander) would have a surgeon of commissioned officer rank. See more »
Incident one hundred miles off the coast of Guadalcanal. Time: the present. The United States naval destroyer on what has been a most uneventful cruise. In a moment, they're going to send a man down thirty fathoms and check on a noisemaker - someone or something tapping on metal. You may or may not read the results in a naval report, because Captain Beecham and his crew have just set a course that will lead this ship and everyone on it - into The Twilight Zone.
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I first saw this episode about fifty years ago and when I finally watched it again, it all came back to me. This is a wonderful ghost story. It takes place aboard a Naval destroyer where strange pounding sounds are picked up on sonar. This is puzzling. They seem to be coming from a submarine, lying at the bottom of the ocean. It had been sunk twenty years earlier, yet it seems that there is someone alive in there. A diver is sent to investigate and after two tries he identifies the number. Meanwhile, another plot is going on. A career Navy man is experiencing great anxiety which is affecting his performance on the ship. He is irrational and hallucinatory. He is under psychological care. He claims to have seen a group of sailors, soaked and covered in seaweed, beckoning him to join them. Of course, no one else can see them. This sets up a conclusion which is classic Rod Serling. Yes, it isn't all that surprising, considering the circumstances, but it is a very satisfying episode. The acting is quite good and the suspense builds well. A full hour may have been a bit long, but it didn't bother me as much as others.
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