During World War II, a confused Carl Lancer finds himself as one of only a few passengers on a freighter, the S.S. Queen of Glasgow, traveling from London to New York. As he sits with other passengers, he begins to realize that he is the captain of a U-Boat that is at that very moment tracking the freighter with a view to sinking it. He also knows that in just over an hour the freighter will be attacked. Written by
Are you all right, Mr. Lanser? I mean, is there anything - well, anything that you want to tell us?
There is very little that I can tell you, as I don't remember anything. I don't really know how I got on this ship. I don't recall anything about it. I seem to remember only odd disjointed things. I know, for example, that my name is Carl Lanser. I know that I was born in Frankfurt.
Go on, Mr. Lanser.
Go on? Go on how? It seems to be all that I know.
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A standard episode sinks lower to become a sub standard episode.
Nehemiah Persoff plays a man clearly losing a battle with his nerves in this disappointing journey into The Twilight Zone that is sadly lacking any tension or revelatory moments. It's all about a man on a ship in the Atlantic who doesn't know how he got there or what he's actually doing on board. All he knows is that something bad is going to happen.
Everything that made The Twilight Zone such a great show seems to be absent here. The writing is below par, the acting isn't all that good (though it's always good to see Patrick Macnee, who appears here in a small role) and nothing feels quite good enough to be included in an episode of this fine show.
The main thing that I can praise about this episode is the atmosphere, an impressive and oppressive sense of dread permeates every moment. In fact, if the atmosphere had been matched by the content then this would have easily been a contender for one of the best episodes but, alas, it wasn't to be. John Brahm does okay as the director but The Twilight Zone was always at its best when great writing was blended with great acting. Sadly, this has neither.
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