LOST TV WEEK: Baffled! (1973)

Believe it or not, there was once a time when Star Trek wasn’t a movie franchise and its stars had to find other projects. For Leonard Nimoy, that meant plenty of TV movies, including this pilot for a British show that wasn’t bought.

Race car driver Tom Kovack (Nimoy) begins to see psychic visions, causing him to crash. He meets up with Michelle Brent, a paranormal expert, to help him figure out what is happening. Soon, they find themselves part of an occult mystery in England.

It’s not all that great, to be honest. It’s mostly worthwhile to see Nimoy play against Spock type. Instead of being cold and emotionless, he’s a playboy. And given to wearing some natty fashion, like plenty of hats!

Before Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Nimoy would go on to scare the shit out of me repeatedly as a child by hosting In Search Of, which convinced me that all monsters were real and constantly trying to kill me.

Even better, the original specials — before the series — try to find out the truth about ancient astronauts (the 70’s!), aliens, mysteries and more. Other than the final one, which was released as Manbeast! Myth or Monster they’re narrated by Rod Serling.

Strangely enough, The History Channel is redoing this show. The host? Today’s Spock, Zachary Quinto.


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