SEASON 2 EPISODE 18. (40)
"Forests of the Night"
January 19 1960.
** Spoiler Alert **
SYNOPSIS: While rained in at a cabin during a weekend hunting trip, three friends carelessly play a Chinese
occult game involving the "Book of Changes" and other strange spells. In this game, Ted Doliver's icon
is that of a tiger . . . and he soon takes on the unmistakable characteristics of that wild animal.
COMMENTARY: That all living things, from bats to birds, from humans to hippos, have their own distinct
and recognizable spiritual essence is an element of the system of beliefs sometimes known as animism.
This episode is an exploration of the idea that a tiger's feral essence could be transferred into a civilized
man via the auspices of Chinese mysticism . . .
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cultural and television history, and much more . . . see John Kenneth Muir's
"An Analytical Guide to Television's One Step Beyond":