The Time Tunnel

Idol of Death

Season 1, Ep 21, Aired 2/3/67
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  • Episode Description
  • Doug and Tony arrive in a jungle in 1519 Yucatan as Cortez and his Spanish conquistadores attack the locals. The pair rescue natives being tortured for knowledge of a sacred golden mask and intervene. They are captured and believed to be spies. Cortez burns his ships and plans the guys' execution, but one of the locals free them and Doug buys them time to escape by threatening Cortez with explosives. Cortez orders pursuit. Meanwhile, the Project team call up an expert familiar with the terrain, Castillano. The guys use crude explosives to delay the Spaniards while aiding a local chieftain-to-be, while the Project staff discovers Castillano has a reputation for stealing artifacts, but have no choice but to employ him. When the guys get captured Castillano offers the Project staff their location in return for the recovery of the mask. When the Staff recover the mask they inadvertently lock everyone in time, and Castillano grabs a gun to force them to let him keep the mask. A demented Castillano throws the mask back in rather than have it taken from him, breaking the time freeze. All the time-escapades cause a cave-in which the guys use to escape, leaving the Spaniards to be buried with the gold and the young chieftain to take his place among his people.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lee Meriwether

    Dr. Ann MacGregor

  • James Darren

    Dr. Tony Newman

  • John Zaremba

    Dr. Raymond Swain

  • Whit Bissell

    Lt. General Heywood Kirk

  • Robert Colbert

    Dr. Douglas Phillips

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Tony: You are a butcher, aren't you? Cortez: You will get the chance to witness that for yourself.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode was never shown in the UK until it finally appeared on the Bravo satellite channel in 1994. The reason for this was said to be copyright issues involving the movie stock footage used in the episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • Right after Tony tells the young chief "You have no stomach for revenge..." etc., we cut to a scene of Doug running up, saying "Go back down the trail..." During this shot, the zipper going down the left shoulder of Tony's turtleneck (which James Darren had the wardrobe people install so that he could let his neck breath every once in awhile) is left open!

    • When Doug throws the torch down on the line of gunpowder, it clearly lands in the middle of the line, but the line still ignites from the very end.

    • As they enter the cave in 1519 one of the Spanish solders lights a torch, with a 20th century lighter. Even matches were not invented until 1827.

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