Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday's Favorite OTR

Escape: “S.S. San Pedro” 8/22/48

A ship leaves Hoboken, bound for the tropics with cargo and 172 passengers. But the captain is sick and getting sicker; the ship begins to list slightly to port for no apparent reason; and a corpse-like man named Dr. Percival, who supposedly disembarked before the ship sailed, is seen aboard. But no one can find Percival after he’s seen and, to top it all off, the weather is getting worse.

Technically, the plot is a little slow-moving. But the story doesn’t seem slow at all, gradually building up a strong sense of tension and mystery as the captain grows sicker and the ship lists farther and farther to port. Backed by John Dehner’s strong performance as the First Mate and the narrator, “S.S. San Pedro” makes for a genuinely creepy horror story with a very effective ending. The sound effects—always a strong point on Escape—are even more notable in quality this time. Everything from the sound of footsteps going up a ladder to the sound of wind and breaking waves are pitch perfect. It’s another great episode from this excellent series.

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