“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”
#55 – Mr. Dingle, the Strong
Season 2 Episode 19
Original Air Date: March 3, 1961
Writer: Rod Serling
Guest Stars: Burgess Meredith (2nd of 4 appearances), Don Rickles
Synopsis: Luther Dingle is selected for experimentation by Martians. They give him super strength and he abuses the power. He returns to normal, but not for long.
Impressions: Burgess Meredith is so good. I enjoy all of his episodes. He has the ability to make an episode better, and it shows here. This is a well written piece of science fiction fantasy. This is an enjoyable episode. Don Rickles lends a strong performance as a loud mouthed, gambling bar bully.
#56 – Static
Season 2 Episode 20
Original Air Date: March 10, 1961
Writer: Charles Beaumont, based on a story by OCee Ritch
Guest Stars: Dean Jagger, Stephen Talbot (1st of 2 appearances)
Synopsis: Ed Lindsey is a grouch of an old man. He detests television and longs for the old days of radio. He finds his antique radio and it starts playing programs from years before that only he can hear.
Impressions: If this isn’t the worst episode so far, it’s high on the list.
#57 – The Prime Mover
Season 2 Episode 21
Original Air Date: March 24, 1961
Writer: Charles Beaumont
Guest Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Dane Clark, Christine White (1st of 2 appearances)
Synopsis: Jimbo Cobb can move objects with his mind. When his friend and business partner Ace Larson finds out, he does everything he can to exploit Cobb’s talent in Las Vegas.
Impressions: This has a moral to the story, the same one we saw in The Fever from Season 1. The moral is woven into the story, it doesn’t overshadow it. It’s a subtle point in a well written, enjoyable episode.
#58 – Long Distance Call
Season 2 Episode 22
Original Air Date: March 31, 1961
Writer: Charles Beaumont and William Idelson
Guest Stars: Philip Abbott (1st of 2 appearances), Lili Darvas, Patricia Smith, Billy Mumy (1st of 3 appearances)
Synopsis: Billy’s grandmother gives him a toy phone shortly before she dies. She tells Billy he can use it to talk to her. Billy uses it, and soon wants to join his her.
Impressions: Billy Mumy is a creepy little kid. I don’t know how to rate this. There were a few creepy parts with suspense and slight terror. Those parts I enjoyed, but not so much the rest of the episode. It’s a tale of fantasy, and the grandmother is portrayed as a bitch.
#59 – A Hundred Yards Over the Rim
Season 2 Episode 23
Original Air Date: April 7, 1961
Writer: Rod Serling
Guest Stars: Cliff Robertson (1st of 2 appearances), John Crawford, Evans Evans, John Astin
Synopsis: Christian Horn leads a wagon train from Ohio to California. In 1847 he stumbles into 1961 searching for medicine for his dying son.
Impressions: I’d never seen this episode before. It wasn’t too bad. It was an average episode, maybe even above average. An enjoyable episode, and we even got a little twist at the end. That’s always good.
#60 – The Rip Van Winkle Caper
Season 2 Episode 24
Original Air Date: April 21, 1961
Writer: Rod Serling
Guest Stars: Simon Oakland (1st of 2 appearances), Oscar Beregi Jr. (1st of 3 appearances)
Synopsis: Four thieves rob a train full of gold and put themselves to sleep for 100 years to avoid detection.
Impressions: I’d seen bits of this one, but never the full episode. I’m glad I finally did. I enjoyed this episode. There was a twist at the end. Not just any twist mind you. This is one of those classic twists of irony that one thinks of when the think of The Twilight Zone. There’s a moral here, a lesson in a way. It’s very subtle, and lies underneath the story, which is very good by the way.
Ten discs down, 18 more to go. What did we get? A bunch of episodes I’d never seen before. Mr. Dingle and The Prime Mover were the only episodes I’d seen. We also got what for right now is the worst episode I’ve seen. I do mean worst, it was boring and hard to sit through. Aside from that episode, this wasn’t that bad of a disc. Even the other episode I didn’t care for I enjoyed at least a scene or two in it. The next disc is the last one of this season, and then there will be a Season 2 recap. Of these six episodes, which one is your favorite?
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