The Twilight Zone

The Last Defender of Camelot

Season 1, Ep 59, Aired 4/11/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Sir Lancelot, still alive in 1986, seeks the help of the sleeping Merlin in one final battle. But he soon finds himself facing off against the revived wizard, who has other plans.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Charles Aidman

    Narrator

  • George R.R. Martin

  • Jeannot Szwarc

  • Roger Zelazny

  • Richard Kiley

    Lance

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Merlin comes back from deep sleep to rule the world (he is supposed to be one of the good guys)

    By twilightboy, Dec 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Lance: Merlin always said you had no morals. Morgan Le Fay: Merlin said a lot of things. Between him and Mallory, I got horrible press.

    • Morgan Le Fay: Why do you suppose you were in such a hurry to get to Cornwall? Lance: Call it an old man's whim. Morgan Le Fay: Yes. The old man was Merlin.

    • Tom: Where...? Lance: Cornwall. Tom: Cornwall, you're daft! Strong, mind you, but daft.

    • Merlin: I have no doubt that you'll be at my side when I set my new Arthur on the throne of England. Lance: Kings are mere ornaments in this time, Merlin. People prefer to choose their own leaders now. Merlin: What a foolish notion. How can they understand what's best for them?

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: Once upon a time there was a realm of myth and magic, a high bright dream that shimmered briefly and then was gone, leaving only memories and one ageless, weary, slightly tarnished hero, who proved at last that wisdom and valor go hand in hand - on Earth, in Camelot, and in the Twilight Zone.

    Notes (2)

    • No opening narration.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Last Defender of Camelot" by Roger Zelazny. The story was first published in Asimov's SF Adventure Magazine (Summer, 1979).

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