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.
In this week's installment of the 1970's horror anthology, The Evil Touch (1973-1974), an old woman, Constance (Mildred Natwick...