Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Actor Rod Taylor passed away this past week, just a few days shy of his 85th birthday.  As an actor he will be best remembered for two movies - Hitchock's "The Birds" and George Pal's version of HG Wells' "The Time Machine".  Two other favorites of mine are "36 Hours" and "The Glass-Bottomed Boat" (which has been officially absorbed into the TV Universe thanks to a cameo by Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo.)

But he did a lot of work on TV as well - leading roles in TV series like 'Bearcats!', 'Hong Kong', 'The Oregon Trail', and 'Outlaws', plus a lengthy co-starring gig on 'Falcon Crest' and a recurring role with 'Walker, Texas Ranger'.

His best TV performance can be found just past that signpost up ahead... in 'The Twilight Zone'.  "And When The Sky Was Opened" is an important episode for the Toobworld Dynamic, one of its "Essentials", for the splainin it provides when a TV character disappears with no reason given - as if they never existed.  And yet it's a disquieting splainin which answers nothing....


1 comment:

Jim Peyton said...

This episode always disturbed me