The Twilight Zone – Season 3 Recap

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The Twilight Zone

The Complete Definitive Collection

Season 3

“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. Your next stop…the Twilight Zone.”

The third season gave us 37 episodes spread out over 5 discs. Of those five, the first disc was the best. I always have a hard time when picking the best episodes of a season, and this time was no exception. I had eight episodes with a top rating, leaving two spots open. The problem came with having eight episodes left to fill those spots. In the first two seasons, episodes of the same rank became easy decisions to exclude. This time with so many episodes and so few spots, all the episodes held a firm position. An eight way tie. In a way, this is a good thing, for the season and most of all the viewer. This season I feel safe to say is the strongest of the three seasons so far. Yes, it had it’s share of inferior episodes. When the total number of episodes is so large, it’s bound to happen. This season may have had the most famous guest stars yet. They might not have been famous at the time, but used their journey into The Twilight Zone as a springboard. As always, I’d love to get feedback. Do you agree with my “Best of” list? What episode was your favorite? Which episodes would you recommend to someone?

Disc 1

#66Two Written by Montgomery Pittman 4/5

#67The Arrival Written by Rod Serling 3/5

#68The Shelter Written by Rod Serling 5/5

#69The Passersby Written by Rod Serling 4/5

#70A Game of Pool Written by George Clayton Johnson 4/5

#71The Mirror Written by Rod Serling 1/5

#72The Grave Written by Montgomery Pittman 3.5/5

#73It’s a Good Life Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a short story by Jerome Bixby 5/5

Disc 2

#74Deaths-Head Revisited Written by Rod Serling 5/5

#75The Midnight Sun Written by Rod Serling 3/5

#76Still Valley Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a short story by Manley Wade Wellman 2/5

#77The Jungle Written by Charles Beaumont 4/5

#78Once Upon a Time Written by Richard Matheson 2/5

#79Five Characters in Search of an Exit Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a short story by Marvin Petal 5/5

#80A Quality of Mercy Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on an idea by Sam Rolfe 1/5

#81Nothing in the Dark Written by George Clayton Johnson 4/5

Disc 3

#82One More Pallbearer Written by Rod Serling 4/5

#83Dead Man’s Shoes Written by Charles Beaumont 1/5

#84The Hunt Written by Earl Hamner 2/5

#85Showdown with Rance McGrew Written by Rod Serling, based on an idea by Frederic L. Fox 1/5

#86Kick the Can Written by George Clayton Johnson 2/5

#87A Piano in the House Written by Earl Hamner 0.5/5

#88The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank Written by Montgomery Pittman 4/5

#89To Serve Man Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a story by Damon Knight 5/5

Disc 4

#90The Fugitive Written by Charles Beaumont 4/5

#91Little Girl Lost Written by Richard Matheson 1/5

#92Person or Persons Unknown Written by Charles Beaumont 0.5/5

#93The Little People Written by Rod Serling 5/5

#94Four O’Clock Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a short story by Price Day 0.5/5

#95Hocus-Pocus and Frisby Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a story by Frederic Louis Fox 3/5

#96The Trade-Ins Written by Rod Serling 2/5

#97The Gift Written by Rod Serling 0.5/5

Disc 5

#98The Dummy Teleplay by Rod Serling, based on a story by Lee Polk 5/5

#99Young Man’s Fancy Written by Richard Matheson 0.5/5

#100I Sing the Body Electric Written by Ray Bradbury 3/5

#101Cavender Is Coming Written by Rod Serling 3/5

#102The Changing of the Guard Written by Rod Serling 5/5

The Best Episodes of Season 3

10. The Jungle

  9. The Passersby

  8. The Shelter

  7. Deaths-Head Revisited

  6. The Changing of the Guard

  5. The Little People

  4. The Dummy

  3. It’s a Good Life

  2. To Serve Man

  1. Five Characters in Search of an Exit

Copyright © Drew Martin 2015

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