The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 7

The After Hours

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 1986 on CBS
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  • A mixed bag remake of the original episode

    5.9
    This and the episode of the same title from the original show share a high concept: what if mannequins were sent out to experience the real world for a month but forgot they were mannequins? But it's a thin concept, especially in this go-around. Why did all the mannequins have to be so cryptic? They could have saved a lot of trouble if they'd simply told Marsha what she was immediately instead of being coy. Why have a prolonged chase if they could change her back to plastic anytime? The answer, of course, was that then the episode would be all of two minutes long.

    The one place where this version is superior is in production values. Instead of the tight confines of a department store set, it was filmed in a real shopping mall. It's a nice reminder that the 1980s was when malls became the glitzy temples of commerce and daily hangouts that they are today.
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