Monday, March 28, 2016
Cult-TV Theme Watch: Crocodiles and Alligators
Crocodiles and alligators are large reptilian predators with scaly skin, long tails, pointed snouts, and which live in semi-aquatic environments.
And these animals have made great villains -- or threats -- in cult-TV history.
For example, the villainous King Tut (Victor Buono) dropped Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) into a crocodile pit in the Batman (1966-1968) episodes "The Spell of Tut/Tut's Case is Shut."
A crocodile showed up briefly in Star Trek (1966 - 1969), as a trophy mounted on Trelane's wall in the episode "The Squire of Gothos."
In The X-Files (1993 - 2002), an episode called "Quagmire" finds Mulder and Scully in search of a Nessie-like monster, Big Blue, but run afoul, instead, of a hungry crocodile. The giant reptile eats Scully's dog, Queequeg, before the episode ends.
The third episode of Primeval (2007 - 2011), sees a prehistoric crocodile come through an anomaly into London and eat a number of unsuspecting swimmers.
Crocs and alligators have also appeared in Hanna Barbera shows such as Jonny Quest, Valley of the Dinosaurs, and the Super Friends.