Today, November 29th, This Day in Twilight Zone History celebrates the 1963 premiere of "Probe 7, Over and Out."
One of the true joys of watching The Twilight Zone is getting a chance to see top character actors take center stage, supplied with the words of great writers like Rod Serling. In "Probe 7, Over and Out," our focus is on Richard Basehart, a truly unique actor, who plays downed spaceman Colonel Adam Cook, injured and marooned on another planet. Boomers will always remember Basehart as the commanding Admiral Harriman Nelson on Irwin Allen's popular television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968).
Basehart is totally believable as a desperate space traveler hanging on to a rapidly deteriorating com line with his base. Incidentally, his base commander, General Larrabee, is portrayed by a very young Harold Gould, another fine character actor getting one of his first roles (he's a wonderful Kid Twist in The Sting).
Colonel Cook eventually hooks up with another stranded space traveler, Eve Norda, played by the very skilled Antoinette Bower.
Yes, "Probe 7, Over and Out" borrows a page or two from previous TZ offerings – it has a touch of "Two" and "People are Alike All Over" and maybe a pinch of "Third From the Sun." But it's still pure Serling and that is always a joy. So let's bite into an apple to celebrate another TZ gem and the fine actors who brought it to life.