Director: Don Richardson
Writer: Carey Wilber
Cast: Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Billy Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris, and Sean McClory
Composer: None (Stock Music)
Air Date: 4/12/1967
Production #: 9529
Discovering a space-time portal, Will travels to a haunted castle in Scotland and encounters Hamish (Sean McClory)—a human ghost sporting bagpipes and a kilt—along with his Uncle Angus, a horrifying creature who lives in a swamp. Although Major West manages to reopen the portal and rescue Will, an uninvited guest follows him through the dimensional gateway.
“The Astral Traveler” contains all the elements of a captivating ghost story: dungeons, torture chambers, and wailing noises that could chill even the toughest of horror movie fans. That being said, the eerie tropes in this episode fail to coalesce in a coherent or plausible fashion.
Upon arriving on Earth, Will finds himself surrounded by props and images of a ghoulish variety. Immediately thereafter, a monster covered in seaweed emerges from a body of water, startling Will with a ghastly cry—a terrifying sequence that will appeal to those who enjoy the subtle, creepy classics produced by Universal Studios during the 1930s.
On a related note, “The Astral Traveler” is marred by one significant logical flaw. Specifically, no attempt is made to explain why Will conveniently arrives on Earth—one planet out of countless billions in the entire galaxy—after passing through the dimensional rift, which could presumably lead to any location in the universe.
For those in search of a delightful treat to view during Halloween season, “The Astral Traveler” will not disappoint. Nevertheless, this offering deserves criticism for its slapdash narrative.
Overall Quality: 5/10
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