“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas; you’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”
#103 – In His Image
Season 4 Episode 1
Original Air Date: January 3, 1963
Writer: Charles Beaumont
Guest Stars: George Grizzard (2nd of 2 appearances), Gail Kobe (2nd of 3 appearances, 1st was bit role)
Synopsis: Alan Talbot is confused. He doesn’t recognize his hometown, he hears odd noises, and he has urges to murder. He goes looking for answers, but finds more than he thought possible.
Impressions: I read the short story. It was alright. This episode followed along well from what I can remember. The story wasn’t the best, went a bit too long. The same can be said for this episode. I already miss the old 30 minute format. It seemed like there was a lot that could have been cut, and the main points and action at the end could have been made to fit into a shorter length episode. The first scene and the last 20 minutes or so are the best parts, between the two it drags.
#104 – The Thirty-Fathom Grave
Season 4 Episode 2
Original Air Date: January 10, 1963
Writer: Rod Serling
Guest Stars: Mike Kellin, Simon Oakland (2nd of 2 appearances)
Synopsis: A Navy ship comes across a submarine sunk by the Japanese in World War II with the use of sonar, and a banging sound coming from the hull.
Impressions: I enjoyed this episode. That being said, it was still too long. I’ll have to live with it though. A good, well written story from Mr. Serling. The last few lines let you know who wrote this one if you weren’t sure. It might not be classic Twilight Zone, but it is classic Rod Serling.
#105 – Valley of the Shadow
Season 4 Episode 3
Original Air Date: January 17, 1963
Writer: Charles Beaumont
Guest Stars: David Opatoshu, Ed Nelson, Natalie Trundy
Synopsis: Peaceful Valley is a small town where the people cause odd things to occur. Philip Redfield enters by mistake after he gets lost. If he wants to leave he’ll have to escape.
Impressions: I normally enjoy episodes written by Charles Beaumont. This is no exception. Once again, the criticism is the episode length. Beaumont’s writing was tight, a well written episode. This is a really cool story that incorporates elements of science fiction and futuristic fantasy. This is the first episode of the new season with a classic Twilight Zone twist at the end. The twist is a good one. I didn’t expect it. In fact, the twist made the episode.
Seventeen discs down, 11 more to go. What did we get? The first thing we got is a new introduction. The second thing we got is a new format. In season four, the episodes are no longer for a half hour time slot. They’ve expanded to an hour. This is the reason there are less episodes per disc, and less episodes overall. CBS made the decision, and I’ll explain this more in the end of season recap. Instead of doing a “Best Of” list of ten, I may only do five for this season. I haven’t decided yet. I do know I’ll have to judge these on a somewhat different scale. I miss the old time frame. These episodes weren’t bad, the stories anyway. Watching them was a bit difficult though. Of these three episodes, which one is your favorite?
Copyright © Drew Martin 2015