The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 58

A Day in Beaumont

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 1986 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Alien invasion going well until some intruders decide to inform the authorities.

    This episode is great. I love the in-your-face showing of the evil beings and the homage to old classics of the alien genre. The special effects are perfect and the setting is great. i don't understand why the alien ship crashes after being, apparently, in the area for many years now. Other than that, the show is very enjoyable, there is not one single moment of boredom because our main characters, a couple, are running all the time from here to there, dodging the lasers from the aliens.

    I wish they would have had a better chance at escaping from the town but it was all just to asfixiating for them.
  • Young couple in mid-50s Southwest witness alien spaceship landing. Cannot convince townspeople of what they have seen, and seem to be caught up in increasingly paranoid situation!

    This episode contains references to films 'Invasion of the Bodysnatchers', 'This Island Earth' and TV series 'The Invaders' amongst others. Well scripted, with humour and paranoia, as well as the pathos of the couple's declaration of love and faith in each other in the face of the alien threat, seemingly all around. The ending is brilliant, reminds us of many early to mid 1960s American comic books from Marvel and DC, (also long-gone black and white magazines) which contained such stories in a few pages. Good special effects for 1980s, not overdone, some of the scripted dialogue near the end might have been improved. Nevertheless, one of the better episodes, closer to hard science fiction than some other 'fantasy' based stories in this series.
  • A pastiche of old Twilight Zone and other science fiction

    David Gerrold, whose "Trouble with Tribbles" episode is one of the most beloved of the original Star Trek series, seems to have run out of ideas here. Instead of trying to come up with something new and interesting, he cobbles together names, influences and even dialogue in the name of "homage." The premise is a typical "misdirection" best done in the original series episode "Eye of the Beholder." The acting was run of the mill, even from a young Victor Garber. It wouldn't have taken much to elevate this above average. Some fresh dialogue rather than the breathless lines easily recycled from 1950s alien invasion movies. A mild change in the plot twist at the end. Unfortunately, we get none of that, just countless in-jokes and references to past science fiction. It gets boring pretty quickly.
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