The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A man and a woman, on opposite sides of a future war, encounter each other in a deserted town.

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  • Excellent Episode

    I really enjoy, you might say minimalist, movies and tv shows, in terms of actors and dialogue. This episode has very little dialogue, but both Bronson and Montgomery do an excellent job of showing emotion and thoughts and mindset without the use of dialogue. I was riveted primarily because the characters are very well developed and the immersion is great.
  • no clever title

    Bronson displays a perfect coif, the kind of cut a person could NOT do for himself. Right out of a hair salon; yet he makes a big deal of shaving (argh) his face right would have been far more realistic if he had sported caveman hair, shaggy locks below his shoulders, or at least chopped-off strands that might have been hacked with a dull knife. As for Liz, she was lying on the ground seeming dead and a bucket of water renders her hale! Seriously, I was thinking "Water? Don't WASTE WATER" because in a dead world, water would be extremely precious; without it, there's no life. Yet he dumps it over her face and -- hoolah -- she magically revives and has vitality! I can't rate the ending because I switched to Hitchcock.moreless
  • Extremely bad

    This episode is terrible. I love how it opens up with the narration of how nobody has been in the abandoned town for 5 years but then here comes Samantha from "Bewitched." Then Charles Bronson shows up.......for no reason! Terrible plot, strange casts, boring ending.
  • Interesting study in how the last man and woman left might behave.

    I found this revealing about human nature. Though the world was a bombed-out wreck, she still threw her chicken bone in the trash. He flung garbage on the ground or knocked items over without a thought. An interesting analogy, as you could argue, what difference does it make now... or be equally valid in saying, why should I behave any differently now? The sort of fascinating questions the Twilight Zone so often generates.

    Elizabeth Montgomery is extraordinary beautiful and gives a truly riveting performance here; it's clear she possessed far more acting talent than perhaps she got a chance to display in her later career. Bronson is great as well. In fact, it's a testament to their skills that you hardly notice they are the only two actors in the entire piece.moreless
  • A strange little love story

    I enjoyed this episode. Initially, I pictured this episode to be similar to the pilot episode of the series "Where is everybody", since they both involve a person finding themselves in a strange deserted town. Since I found "Where is everybody" to be really suspenseful, this episode was a little slow at times, because nothing surprising really happened. However, the two actors in the main roles acted wonderfully in their roles, and I enjoyed their character development. Overall, this was a nice episode, and a good start to the series, but in my opinion, not one of the memorable ones.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Elizabeth Montgomery spoke only one word in the episode: "Precrassny", Russian for "pretty".

    • The female is all alone and been isolated from any civilization for who knows how long, and yet her legs are still shaved.

    • When Elizabeth Montgomery is in the barbershop, her hair is wet, but when she runs out of the store and into the street because she thinks that Charles Bronson is chasing after her, her hair is dry.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This is a jungle, a monument built by nature honoring disuse, commemorating a few years of nature being left to its own devices. But it's another kind of jungle, the kind that comes in the aftermath of man's battles against himself. Hardly an important battle, not a Gettysburg or a Marne or an Iwo Jima. More like one insignificant corner patch in the crazy quilt of combat. But it was enough to end the existence of this little city. It's been five years since a human being walked these streets. This is the first day of the sixth year, as man used to measure time. The time? Perhaps a hundred years from now. Or sooner. Or perhaps it's already happened two million years ago. The place? The signposts are in English so that we may read them more easily, but the place is the Twilight Zone.

    • Man: There's no longer any reason for us to fight. No longer any armies. Only rags of various colors that were once uniforms. Two sets of rags we wear. There's no more boundaries, governments, or noble causes. Therefore no reason to fight.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: This has been a love story about two lonely people who found each other in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode was actually filmed on what was left of the "city street" set at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City; the studio, after years of inactivity, was finally torn down in early 1963.

    • The introduction for the third season is as follows: "You're traveling through another dimension--a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind, a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop: the Twilight Zone."

    • Included on volume 4 of Image-Entertainment's DVD collection.