The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 44


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 1986 on CBS

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  • Is there a point to this?

    Unfortunately, this episode is typical Stephen King. Lots of setup. Far too much setup, in fact, with an awful lot of voiceover thought. Anybody who has ever suffered the David Lynch "Dune" movie knows you can't get away with that much in movies (or TV). The episode could have been done in five minutes. As for the ending, it's a contradiction. Like many Stephen King "twist" endings, it comes from out of left field, with no real foreshadowing. But again, King has done this so many times that the ending isn't shocking or surprising at all. In fact, the final scene is clumsily telegraphed thanks to the teleplay cobbled together by Harlan Ellison seemingly at his worst. When it's all over, you have the feeling that the entire segment was a waste of time. Child actor Barrett Oliver, who was decent in the movie "Cocoon," is sometimes embarrassingly bad here. Skip this if you can. There are plenty of better episodes in this series.
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