SEASON 3 EPISODE 35. (96)

"Eye Witness"
July 4 1961.

** Spoiler Alert **

SYNOPSIS: A night editor for the Boston Star, Henry Soames, has a seizure one night in 1883 and
then writes a story about a massive volcanic eruption on the distant island of Krakatoa that kills 36,000
people. At first Soames is met with skepticism for his article (which no other newspaper can corroborate),
but subsequent news confirms his report of the catastrophe.

COMMENTARY: One Step Beyond's final story involves the real-life eruption of Krakatoa and may be
a thinly-disguised version of the case of J.W. Dunne, a famous author on precognitive dreams, who himself
dreamt that he was in Martinique in 1902 when Mount Pelee erupted, causing thousands of deaths . . .


For full episode commentary . . . plus cast credits, series production details,
cultural and television history, and much more . . . see John Kenneth Muir's
                  "An Analytical Guide to Television's One Step Beyond":

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