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Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 40

The Different Ones

Aired Unknown Dec 29, 1971 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Different Ones
In a future society, an anguished father agrees to send his incurably deformed son to a distant planet.

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  • Rod Serling, raising the dead

    If the theme of this episode sounds familiar, it probably means you saw the original TZ episode "Eye of the Beholder." Serling explored the same themes, with a slightly different angle. And "slightly" is the key word. There's nothing really new presented here. The ending is also a bit of a cheat. Victor considers himself a freak, and his own appearances repulses him. Why would being surrounded by more people that repulse him immediately feel that he belongs? At least in Beholder, the girl considered others of her "kind" repugnant at first.

    So Serling seems to have been just marking time at this point. There's nothing wrong with attacking your own stories from a different viewpoint, but he fails to do so here. This seems like just an off-the-cuff rewrite that he did to fill in a timeslot.

    And whatever you do, don't watch this in syndication. What isn't that great an episode in the first place is totally ruined by endless padding to make the 16-minute episode fill the half-hour timeslot. We get pointless footage from Farenheit 451. We get pointless footage of Mission Control. We get pointless footage of monorails. We get a brief scene of British children playing in a park! We get a meteor shower that threatens to destroy Victor's spaceship. Of all the episodes that could have used another segment added to it for time purposes, this is the that needed it. The sad thing is that the effort that went into the "creative" addition of the footage is still probably more than Serling dedicated to writing this episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Host: The name of this place, should you have come in here accidentally out of the rain, is the Night Gallery. We deal in paint, pigment, light and shadow, realism, surrealism, impressionism, and ghost stories. Item number one over there, it could be a gentleman sitting in an electric chair. But it isn't. What it depicts is in a sense a method of execution that we humans reserve for other humans who happen to be dissimilar to us. You're about to look under that hood and meet first-hand one of the Different Ones. Tonight's first excursion into the realm of the unusual.

    • Paul: And I wish I had some idea what this place was like.
      Victor: Is that what's bothering you? Well, if it were a desert, a frozen tundra, a pit where the sun never shines, it would be better than this.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Several changes were made from Rod Serling's original story, as documented in Night Gallery 2. In the original script, Paul has a wife, Doris. Also, Victor's deformity is substantially different then what is presented on-screen: "A funnel-shaped head full of concentric flesh furrows that traveled up toward its peak like a rutted mountain road, ending at a point from which just a sprout of dank hair emerged."

    • The syndicated version of this 16-minute episode is padded out with footage from Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (including the flying policeman), voiceover footage about an alien invasion that turns out to be benign, generic footage of Mission Control in Houston, footage from Silent Running (1971) with footage of the dome-ships and a meteorite storm to add an element of "danger" to the episode, and "flashbacks" of scenes that had just happened a few minutes earlier.


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