The Twilight Zone – Season 4 Disc 5 Review

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The Twilight Zone

The Complete Definitive Collection

Season 4

“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.”

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Disc 5

#115The New Exhibit

Season 4 Episode 13

Original Air Date: April 4, 1963

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Guest Star: Martin Balsam, Will Kuluva, Maggie Mahoney

Synopsis: A wax museum closes and the curator of the murderers’ row exhibit talks the owner into allowing him to keep the figures in his basement. The trouble begins when his wife grows tired of their “guests” and tries to destroy them.

Impressions: A tale of insanity, but not an insane tale. There is a twist at the end though not an elaborate one. This isn’t the best episode, nor the worst. An average offering, maybe a little less than average. The story is fine. I’m not blown away by it, but it might be better to read than watch. There was only so much you could do on network television in 1963.

Rating: 2/5

 

#116Of Late I Think of Cliffordville

Season 4 Episode 14

Original Air Date: April 11, 1963

Writer: Rod Serling, based on a short story “Blind Alley” by Malcolm Jameson

Guest Stars: Albert Salmi, Julie Newmar, John Anderson, Wright King

Synopsis: Tycoon William Feathersmith feels he’s conquered everything. Now he’s bored. He wishes he could go back in time and begin anew armed with all he’s learned over the last 50 years. He soon learns that knowledge isn’t as powerful as he thinks, and to be careful for what he wishes.

Impressions: The original short story differs from the story told in the episode. While the basic premise, the soul of the story remains intact, the body has changed a bit. It isn’t anything drastic, but a few changes that aren’t worth getting into now. I suggest you read the original short story, it’s not bad. Then I suggest you watch this episode. It’s not bad either. Both tellings are enjoyable.

Rating: 4/5

 

#117The Incredible World of Horace Ford

Season 4 Episode 15

Original Air Date: April 18, 1963

Writer: Reginald Rose

Guest Stars: Pat Hingle, Nan Martin, Ruth White, Phillip Pine, Vaughn Taylor

Synopsis: Horace Maxwell Ford is a 38-year-old toy designer. Most of his time is spent thinking about his childhood. A childhood that turns out not to be as fond as he remembers.

Impressions: This was a chore to watch. A horrible episode made even worse by the obnoxious yelling of Pat Hingle. I think his character is supposed to be a sympathetic figure, however I found him to be annoying. The story isn’t good either. There is no twist at the end, no big payoff, nothing. It ends without explaining how or why.

Rating: 0.5/5

Twenty one discs down, seven more to go. What did we get? The good, the bad, and the ugly are represented on this disc. The bad doesn’t look that bad, even good compared to the ugly. That sums up the entire series. When a disc ends on a down note I find it difficult to start another one soon. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. As these episodes are twice as long, a bad story or episode becomes worse. That makes it a great effort to get through something in which I couldn’t find one bright spot. Though the Cliffordville episode makes me hope the next three are as good or better. There’s one disc left for this season. Of these three episodes, which one is your favorite?

Copyright © Drew Martin 2015

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