The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 1

The Once and Future King

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1986 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Once and Future King
An Elvis impersonator is transported to the 1950s where he meets the real Elvis who thinks that the impersonator is his long dead brother.

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  • good but....

    Saw this when it first came out. The only flaw in it is that in syndication they cut out the part where Elvis body get buried. You know he does end up like the real Elvis did .
  • Elvis impersonator thinks that the meaning to his life is in fame. When he becomes Elvis, he realizes that there is something more.

    Great acting, great atmosphere, great story, all these make this a very nice episode. The premise here is that fame can't fill up that void inside you that is yours alone. I loved the pace and the ambient of this episode very much, it flew naturally through my screen and left me wanting for more.

    The special effects which are not many are very well done; for example when real Elvis and the wannabe Elvis are talking to each other and we get to see them both at the same time on screen, when in reality they are both the same actor. i also loved the way in which the now Elvis, wannabe Elvis, stares out of a casino all alone in the dark.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A round of hollow applause for Gary Pittkin, who tried to pay a blood debt in sequins and B-movies, and discovered to his sorrow that sometimes you are called back for one encore too many in the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Exit one, Gary Pittkin: Singer, impersonator and restless subject of a dead king named Elvis Aaron Presley. A frustrated young man born 25 years too late who is about to find his own place to dwell, down at the end of a lonely street, in a neighborhood called the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • While driving right before crashing with his car, Gary is listening in his radio to the song Maybellene (2'22") by Chuck Berry from a single on Chess Records released in 1955.