The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 58

A Day in Beaumont

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

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  • 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.