The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 10

No Time Like the Past

Aired Unknown Mar 07, 1963 on CBS

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  • A man named Paul Driscoll hates the present day with it's constant threat of nuclear destruction. So Driscoll uses a time machine in an attempt to prevent tragic events in the past. He soon finds that it won't be as easy as he thought.

    This episode has a very good premise and it does have its highlights. One such highlight is the scene where Driscoll has a discussion with one of his fellow boarders about American military policy. As a whole, however, this episode is a disappointment. There are some logic loopholes here. For example, why did Driscoll choose to travel to Hiroshima less than one hour before the bomb was dropped? Even if the Japanese police captain believed him, there would not be enough time to evacuate the city so Driscoll's visit serves no purpose and will accomplish nothing. There are better episodes.
  • One of Serling's weakest scripts

    Where to begin? A boring conversation between Driscoll and his mentor with lots of flatulant dialogue about how evil man is and then incredibly poorly staged attempts at changing history. Just what the heck was the good of appearing less than an hour before the bomb fell on Hiroshima even if his warning was believed? The Hitler assasaination attempt was ridiculous, complete with a German maid who knew enough to speak English to the stranger. Driscoll finally makes it to a permanent past and only then learns that he was the cause of the accident and that he should no longer muck about in history. Perhaps the biggest logical gaffe was just how the heck the time travelling worked? Did he trigger it on his own? If so then how? What was the purpose of the guy back at the lab? All we saw was Driscoll surrounded by bad special effects. Rod you have done so much better.
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