The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 6

Escape Clause

Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1959 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • A hypochondriac exchanges his soul for immortality and indestructibility.

    Well that was largely dumb and goofy, but unlike 'One For The Angels' it was neither infuraiting nor boring. I laughed out loud on several occasions, there were some great moments and classic lines "No Ethel, YOU are a potato pancake." While there was very little to this instalment in terms of any though prvoking subject matter, both twists could be seen a mile away and in with such a short running time the funniest and most intriguiong conecpts could not be explored. This is a fun episode. There's no doubt about it. May not hold up to todays standards, and if a deeper take is to your taste, there are certainly better examples of this story. But this tounge in cheek approach after having a few episodes that have aimed for mental stimulation and in the case of the previously mentioned 'One For The Angels' a sense of humour too have fallen flat with me. This one works, solely on its credits of camp.

    However if you need to indenitfy them, there are other things to praise. The characters are distinct and equal parts likeable and despicable. The cinematograohy is very intresting, with shots that add to the comedy, and spice up a tale that for the most part takes place in a single room. As I mentioned before there's some pretty snappy dialogue and the story is fast moving so never gets stale.

    A solid episode, a lot of fun, and a sign of good things to come in terms of the more comedic episodes.
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