The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 32

The Gift

Aired Unknown Apr 27, 1962 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

Write A Review
out of 10
93 votes
  • Without giving away any spoilers, I'm going to say that this episode will bring you to tears, if you're someone who has dealt with the death of special people in your life that is brought about in a certain way.

    I'm not going to tell you very much about this episode, because I'd rather that you would see it for the first time as I did with no clue re: how it would end.

    But I will say that it teaches a lesson about how prejudice and being too quick to assume the worst about somebody might prove to be more costly than what you think--while, had you accepted the person, what might have been would have been wonderful.

    I find that, no matter how many times I watch this episode (or even think about it), I always end up in tears.

    You probably will, too--but this isn't really a bad thing if it means that your heart has been softened to accept so-called "unacceptable" people: People who aren't doing anything wrong but, instead, simply being judged because they don't come from your country, are of a different social class, etc.
  • Written by Rod Serling himself, it's about a wanted man in Mexico whose hiding a special gift for the people. However the townspeople look to kill the man before he does it.

    Great episode, probably the more memorable out of the series run. It's supposed to take place in Medero Mexico.
    A misunderstanding and turn of events leads a man to be on the run. The townspeople label him as a killer already.

    Miracously he's survived two bullets and as the doctor says has a strong will to live (this is explained later). The man makes friends with Mexican boy Pedro (the actor playing him is excellent). Soon the soldiers come in to escore the man back to justice or murder him in cold blood.

    A great episode with great acting especially the Mexican kid playig Pedro. A great twist by Rod at the end explaining the man's purpose. He summed it up as being part of fear of the townfolk but it's more about intolerance,
    an eye for eye without due process and a big misunderstanding.

    One of my favorites.