The Twilight Zone – Season 1 Disc 5 Review

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The Twilight Zone

The Complete Definitive Collection

Season 1

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”

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#30 – A Stop at Willoughby

Season 1 Episode 30

Original Air Date: May 6, 1960

Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Star: James Daly

Synopsis: Gart Williams, an advertising executive, breaks under the stress of his job. While riding on a train, he dreams he escapes to a town called Willoughby.

Impressions: It’s fantasy, but not so bad. This episode starts off slow, but the ending is pretty good. The ending, more so the final shot, make the episode. Not a bad way to start this disc.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

#31The Chaser

Season 1 Episode 31

Original Air Date: May 13, 1960

Writer: Teleplay by Robert Presnell Jr., based on a short story by John Collier.

Guest Stars: John McIntire, Patricia Barry (1st of 2 appearances)

Synopsis: Roger Shackleforth wants one thing in life, the love of Leila. He meets Professor Daemon, who offers to help him. Daemon gives him a warning before doing so, as he knows exactly what will happen.

Impressions: I don’t like love stories, I don’t care if they do take place in The Twilight Zone. This is a horrible episode. It might read better, but I doubt it. This is fantasy without a good Twilight Zone ending. The idea behind the story is good, but it could have been much better. Anything but a love story. The same theme with murder, or something macabre would have been more fitting for the series.

Rating: 1/5

 

#32A Passage for Trumpet

Season 1 Episode 32

Original Air Date: May 20, 1960

Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars: Jack Klugman (1st of 4 appearances), John Anderson (1st of 4 appearances)

Synopsis: Joey Crown is a drunken trumpet player. Down on his luck, he commits suicide. Instead of dying, he is given the opportunity of a second chance.

Impressions: Sometimes the guest star gives a performance that makes an episode better. That’s what Jack Klugman did here. This episode is a moral lesson about suicide wrapped in a tale of fantasy. It’s subtle, not hokey, nor does it take away from the story to get the message across. The story is well-written. I’ve seen this episode a few times before and always liked it.

Rating: 4/5

 

#33Mr. Bevis

Season 1 Episode 33

Original Air Date: June 3, 1960

Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars: Orson Bean, Henry Jones

Synopsis: James B.W. Bevis is a good natured goof. His odd ways get him fired repeatedly. After his latest firing, he meets his guardian angel. Mr. Bevis is offered a chance at success, but he has to trade in his goofy personality.

Impressions: There’s a new entrance starting with this episode. That’s about all I have to say about this episode. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it. It’s an episode. A below average episode.

Rating: 2/5

 

#34The After Hours

Season 1 Episode 34

Original Air Date: June 10, 1960

Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Star: Anne Francis (1st of 2 appearances)

Synopsis: Marsha White buys a gold thimble on the 9th floor of a department store. A floor that doesn’t exist.

Impressions: This may be one of the more well-known Twilight Zone episodes. To me, it’s just an episodes. Another fantasy story. It might be better read, or listened to as a radio drama. To watch, there isn’t a lot going on. It’s not a bad story, just kind of boring to watch.

Rating: 3/5

 

#35The Mighty Casey

Season 1 Episode 35

Original Air Date: June 17, 1960

Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars: Jack Warden (2nd of 2 appearances), Abraham Sofaer, and Robert Sorrells

Synopsis: The worst baseball team in the league finds an Ace pitcher named Casey. After it’s discovered he’s a robot, Casey must become more human to continue to play.

Impressions: They don’t play sports in The Twilight Zone often. If you aren’t a sports fan, you might not be into this episode. I like sports, so my impressions and ratings are biased. That’s fine though, they all are. Its fantasy with no twist, except in Rod Serling’s parting words.

Rating: 3.5/5

 

#36A World of His Own

Season 1 Episode 36

Original Air Date: July 1, 1960

Writer: Richard Matheson

Guest Stars: Keenan Wynn, Phyllis Kirk

Synopsis: Playwright Gregory West has the ability to make things appear by describing them. He also has the ability to make them disappear.

Impressions: This is a love story, in a way. The ending made the episode. It’s not a twist ending, just a cool little thing happens when we think the episode is finished. Overall, this isn’t much of an episode. We end Season 1 on a down note.

Rating: 1/5

Five discs down, 23 more to go. What did we get? Not too much in the way of 5 Star or favorite episodes. They were mostly average or below. This is a poor offering to end a season on. I am looking forward to see how they bounce back in Season 2. This disc was a lot of fantasy, not my favorite sort of Twilight Zone story. I hope I get a good dose of horror or science fiction to start out the next season. Speaking of horror, I don’t think we got a single horror story. Of these seven episodes, which one is your favorite?

Copyright © Drew Martin 2015

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