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Title: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:22:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/zi6wNGwd84g
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:27:07 PM
50.    An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge- 2/28/64
(20 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #6 Tripe)
Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it appears
Creepiness Factor: 3 out of 10

"Tonight a presentation so special and unique that, for the first time in the five years we've been presenting The Twilight Zone, we're offering a film shot in France by others. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival of 1962, as well as other international awards, here is a haunting study of the incredible, from the past master of the incredible, Ambrose Bierce. Here is the French production of 'An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge."

As a Confederate spy is about to be hanged, the rope breaks and he falls to the water below. He dodges bullets and heads off for home. He finally reaches it, but as his wife hugs him he stiffens. Suddenly he is back at the bridge, hanging from a rope.

"An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - in two forms, as it was dreamed, and as it was lived and died. This is the stuff of fantasy, the thread of imagination... the ingredients of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Confederate Spy: Roger Jacquet

http://www.youtube.com/v/M7n4LeRB6js


Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:30:16 PM
49. A Stopover in Quiet Town- 4/24/64
(20 points, 2 list of 8, highest ranking: #8 Sicgirl)
Twilight Zone Theme: Bad things happen to people who behave badly.
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"Bob and Millie Frazier, average young New Yorkers who attended a party in the country last night and on the way home took a detour. Most of us on waking in the morning know exactly where we are; the rooster or the alarm clock brings us out of sleep into the familiar sights, sounds, aromas of home and the comfort of a routine day ahead. Not so with our young friends. This will be a day like none they've ever spent - and they'll spend it in the Twilight Zone."

Bob and Millie wake up to find they are in a strange town. Everything appears to be props - trees, animals even cars. They try to catch a train and are picked up by a giant hand. They have been abducted by a giant alien, and are now the toys of his daughter.

"The moral of what you've just seen is clear. If you drink, don't drive. And if your wife has had a couple, she shouldn't drive either. You might both just wake up with a whale of a headache in a deserted village in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Bob Frazier: Barry Nelson – Most notably the guy who Jack Nicholson’s character meets with about the caretaker job in The Shining
•   Millie Frazier: Nancy Malone

http://www.youtube.com/v/14sqKJqd6uM
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:31:20 PM
48. Queen of the Nile- 3/6/64
(21 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #5 Tripe)
Twilight Zone Theme: People who aren’t what they seem
Creepiness Factor: 5 out of 10

"Jordan Herrick, syndicated columnist whose work appears in more than a hundred newspapers. By nature a cynic, a disbeliever, caught for the moment by a lovely vision. He knows the vision he's seen is no dream; she is Pamela Morris, renowned movie star, whose name is a household word and whose face is known to millions. What Mr. Herrick does not know is that he has also just looked into the face - of the Twilight Zone."

Suspecting that Pamela Morris and Constance Taylor, an actress from many years ago, is the same person, he confronts Pamela. She drugs his coffee, then admits she really was a queen of the Nile. She uses a scarab and drains Herrick's life and uses it on herself.

"Everybody knows Pamela Morris, the beautiful and eternally young movie star. Or does she have another name, even more famous, an Egyptian name from centuries past? It's best not to be too curious, lest you wind up like Jordan Herrick, a pile of dust and old clothing, discarded in the endless eternity of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Jordan Herrick: Lee Phillips – Will be seen again later in the list.
•   Pamela Morris: Ann Blyth
•   Viola Draper: Celia Lovsky

http://www.youtube.com/v/PaBdU05Ikaw
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:33:06 PM
47. Long Distance Call- 3/31/61
(21 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #5 Tyrant)
Twilight Zone Theme: The dead communicating with the living
Creepiness Factor: 11 out of 10 (I refuse to watch this one)

"As must be obvious, this is a house hovered over by Mr. Death, that omnipresent player to the third and final act of every life. And it's been said, and probably rightfully so, that what follows this life is one of the unfathomable mysteries, an area of darkness which we the living reserve for the dead - or so it is said. For in a moment, a child will try to cross that bridge which separates light and shadow, and of course he must take the only known route, that indistinct highway through the region we call the Twilight Zone."

Grandma Bayles gives her five year-old grandson a toy phone for his birthday. Soon after she dies, and Billy is very upset. He quickly seems better while spending all his time talking into the toy phone. He tells his parents that Grandma is on the phone, and that she is lonely and wants him to come visit. His parent's dismiss this as a child's imagination, until he throws himself in front of a car. Billy tells his parent's that "someone" told him to do it. Late one night, his mother, hearing him talking on the toy phone, rushes in and grabs the phone - and hears breathing on the other end. Billy runs out of the house and tries to drown himself in the fish pond. A fire rescue team has no luck at reviving him. His father goes into his room and picks up the phone, and begins to plead with his mother to let Billy live. He tells her that if she really loves Billy she would allow him to grow up. Suddenly, Billy begins to respond.

"A toy telephone, an act of faith, a set of improbable circumstances, all combine to probe a mystery, to fathom a depth, to send a facet of light into a dark after-region, to be believed or disbelieved depending on your frame of reference. A fact or a fantasy, a substance or a shadow - but all of it very much a part of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Billy Bayles: Billy Mumy- Creepiest child ever. 5 Twilight Zone appearances include the movie. Will be seen again later in the list.
•   Grandma Bayles: Lili Darvas
•   Chris Bayles: Philip Abbott- Most notably Arthur Ward on The F.B.I

http://www.youtube.com/v/Paa5aoz4rTA

Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:34:23 PM
46. Button, Button- 3/7/1986
(21 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #6 Johnny Unusual)
Twilight Zone Theme: Mysterious object causes issues
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

Arthur and Norma Lewis are slowly descending into abject poverty. One day, they receive a mysterious locked box with a button on it and a note that says a Mr. Steward will come visit. Then, just as the note says, a smartly dressed stranger who introduces himself as Steward comes to their door when Arthur is out. He gives Norma the key to the box and explains that, if they press the button, two things will happen: they will receive $200,000, and someone "whom you don't know" will die.

After the stranger leaves, the Lewises wonder whether Steward's proposal is genuine, and they agonize over whether to press the button. Norma rationalizes that they could make good use of the money and that the one who dies might be some Chinese peasant or cancer sufferer who is living a miserable life. Arthur takes the side that, since they do not know who will die, pressing the button may cause the death of an innocent baby. They open the box and discover no mechanism inside it—it is simply an empty box with a button on it. Arthur angrily throws the box in the trash.

However, in the middle of the night while Arthur is asleep, Norma goes to the apartment building's dumpster and retrieves the device. The next day, Arthur leaves for work and sees Norma sitting at the kitchen table, her gaze transfixed on the button. At the end of the day, he returns from work and it appears that nothing has changed; Norma is still sitting and concentrating only on the button. The days go by. Norma and Arthur keep talking about the box, when suddenly Norma decides that she will push the button.
However, the next day Mr. Steward returns, takes back the box, and gives them a briefcase with the $200,000. The Lewises are in shock and ask what will happen next. Steward ominously replies that the button will be "reprogrammed" and offered to someone else with the same terms and conditions, adding as he focuses on Norma: "I can assure you it will be offered to someone whom you don't know." A horrified, knowing expression crosses Norma's face.

Cast:
•   Steward: Basil Hoffman- Also was in the movie version The Box
•   Arthur Lewis: Brad Davis- Played Billy Hayes in Midnight Express
•   Norma: Mare Winningham- I can’t express how much I can’t stand this actress.

http://www.youtube.com/v/p4SYhiYUoqo
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on February 28, 2013, 06:35:41 PM
That's it for tonight!
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on February 28, 2013, 11:36:22 PM
Barry Nelson also played square headed Jimmy Bond, in the American TV version of Casino Royale in 1954. I had Stopover on my list. Only one from my 25 so far.

While I like Owl Creek, I elected not to include it.

I didn't catch Queen of the Nile in my marathon, don't really remember it off the top of my head. I'll have to check it out. Edit: watched it and liked it. Reminds me of an earlier ep (Walter Jameson) but with a bit of a darker, eerier feel to its end. Cool to see Celia Lovsky (who played a Vulcan in the original Trek)

Long Distance Call was solid, but got a bit overwrought for me... plus I liked the other 'creepy call from the dead' episode better. ;)
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 01, 2013, 07:11:06 AM
48. Queen of the Nile- 3/6/64
(21 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #5 Tripe)
I almost did this one.  The scene with the scarab creeped the shit out of me when I was a kid.

Saw this one first years and years ago, it's probably one of the things that sparked an interest in Egyptology in me, it certainly made me eternally fond of scarabs. :)

Billy Bayles: Billy Mumy- Creepiest child ever.
But he's such a great aide-de-camp, you know, up to a point...
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:03:04 PM
45. Mirror Image- 2/26/60
(21 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #13 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: Parallel universe
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"Millicent Barnes, age twenty-four, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes, not given to undue anxiety or fears, or for that matter even the most temporal flights of fancy. Like most young career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because in just a moment the head on Miss Barnes's shoulders will be put to a test. Circumstances will assault her sense of reality and a chain of nightmares will put her sanity on a block. Millicent Barnes, who in one minute will wonder if she's going mad."

Millicent Barnes is confused by the actions of various employees at the bus station. The ticket taker tells her that she has repeatedly asked when the bus is going to arrive, and that her suitcase has already been checked. The washroom attendant claims she was there a few seconds earlier. Yet she hasn't done any of these things. While in the washroom, she sees herself sitting on a bench out in the bus station. She runs out, but the room is empty. Paul Grinstead, a businessman, becomes concerned for Millicent. They go to board the bus, but Millicent runs back in after seeing her other self already on the bus. Paul stays to comfort Millicent, who now says she knows what is happenning: a mirror image of herself from another world has entered this world, and must take her place to survive. Paul, certain she's mentally ill, calls the police. After the police take Millicent away, Paul chases a man who he believes has stolen his case. As the man turns around, Paul realizes that the man is a duplicate of himself.

"Obscure metaphysical explanation to cover a phenomenon, reasons dredged out of the shadows to explain away that which cannot be explained. Call it parallel planes or just insanity. Whatever it is, you find it in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Millicent Barnes: Vera Miles – Marion’s sister is Psycho
•   Paul Grinstead: Martin Milner – Best known from Adam-12 and Route 66

http://www.youtube.com/v/CWnikUrereI
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:03:56 PM
44. The Library- 3/28/86
(22 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #4 Imrahil)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it appears
Creepiness Factor: 5 out of 10

Ellen Pendleton, an aspiring writer looking to earn some money on the side, gets a job at a private library run by Gloria. Ellen soon finds out that this is no ordinary library; the books in it actually contain people's lives, updating with every moment. Gloria warns Ellen not to even look into the books, as that is something firmly prohibited by her masters.

When Ellen gets home and is disturbed by the noise of the neighbors, she decides to have a little revenge. The next morning, she re-writes a chapter in the book of her neighbor to make him a priest, and therefore not able to marry the woman from downstairs who caused all the fuss. But when Ellen gets home that night, she finds her sister Lori consoling the noisy woman, Carla, who is on the verge of nervous breakdown because of loneliness.
Deciding to fix this one as well, Ellen rewrites Carla's book to make her happily married to another neighbor, Doug. That indeed happens, but now the problem is that Doug is bankrupt from buying all those gifts for Carla. Ellen then fixes Doug's problems by giving him real estate wealth, only to find out that he is now her landlord, and that her sister is staging a protest against him raising the rent.

Thinking relocation will solve her problems once for all, Ellen rewrites her own book, setting her and Lori to live in a house by the sea. And even though that sounds fairly innocent, she returns home to find her sister nearly dead, as she drowned while attempting to save a little boy. She dashes back to the library and is caught by Gloria, who is incensed when she learns books have been tampered with. She quickly orders Ellen to gather all the books she rewrote and ushers her out of the library.
Much to her amazement, Ellen is met outside by Lori, looking alive and well. She rings the doorbell of the library, but the door is answered by an unknown man who claims to have been living there for the past ten years. Convinced now that things are in order, Ellen leaves with Lori.

Cast:
Ellen Pendleton : Frances Conroy- Older Maid/Angel of Death from American Horror Story
Gloria: Uta Hagen 
Lori Pendleton : Lori Petty- Tank Girl!
http://www.youtube.com/v/eUgRaCHPcKc
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:04:33 PM
43. People Are Alike All Over - 3/25/60
(22 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #4 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: Aliens are bad
Creepiness Factor: 4 out of 10

"You're looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animal with extremely small heads whose name is Man. Warren Marcusson, age thirty-five. Samuel A. Conrad, age thirty-one... They're taking a highway into space, Man unshackling himself and sending his tiny, groping fingers up into the unknown. Their destination is Mars, and in just a moment we'll land there with them."
Marcusson, the optimist that believes people are alike all over, is killed when their ship crashes on Mars. Conrad is terrified when he hears someone banging on the outside of the ship. He is relieved when he sees that the martians are human looking, but telepathic. The next day, the Martians give Conrad a home of his own. Left alone, he quickly realizes there are no windows and all the doors are locked. Suddenly, a wall slides up, revealing bars through which a crowd of Martians stand. Conrad then realizes he is in a zoo. He cries out, "Marcusson, you were right - people are alike everywhere."

"Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristics to human beings in head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet. Very tiny undeveloped brain; comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself Samuel Conrad. And he will remain here in this cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Sam Conrad: Roddy McDowall- Best known for Planet of the Apes but has over 250 acting credits
•   Warren Marcusson: Paul Comi – Also in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
•   Teenya: Susan Oliver – Once on Tarzan…that had an Ape
 http://www.youtube.com/v/nIZ04AGTjHc
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:05:15 PM
42. I Sing the Body Electric- 5/18/62
(22 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #4 Pak)

Twilight Zone Theme: Robots are good
Creepiness Factor: 6 out of 10

"They make a fairly convincing pitch here. It doesn't seem possible, though, to find a woman who might be ten times better than mother in order to seem half as good - except, of course, in the Twilight Zone."

A widower buys a robot grandmother for his three children. Two of the children take to her immediately, but one, Anne, doesn't. The robot reminds her too much of her mother. A woman she hates for leaving her. When Anne accidentally walks in front of an oncoming van, the grandmother throws herself in front of it. Anne, seeing the grandmother is unhurt, realizes she can never leave her like her mother, and she finally accepts her. Years later, the children are all grown up and leaving for college. The grandmother tells them she is going back to Facsimile, Limited. She knows her job here is finished.

"A fable? Most assuredly. But who's to say at some distant moment there might not be an assembly line producing a gentle product in the form of a grandmother whose stock in trade is love? Fable, sure - but who's to say?."

Cast:
•   Grandma: Josephine Hutchinson
•   Anne (age 11): Veronica Cartwright- The Smoking Man’s ex-wife
•   Father: David White- Larry Tate on Bewitched
 http://www.youtube.com/v/0VxCR_U2HYU
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:06:13 PM
41. Profile in Silver- 3/7/1986
(23 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #3 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: Time travel is bad
Creepiness Factor: 2 out of 10

Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald, a Harvard University professor of history from the year 2172, has travelled back in time and assumed the identity of an instructor at Harvard from 1961 to 1963. In the privacy of his office, Fitzgerald is visited by Dr. Kate Wang, a colleague from his own time. They discuss his mission, which is to observe the assassination of John F. Kennedy, from whom he is descended.

Fitzgerald is understandably nervous about watching his own ancestor be murdered, especially since he never got to know the man himself; he has met Kennedy only once. Wang reassures Fitzgerald that every field historian has moments of doubt such as this. When she departs for their home time, she says something that Fitzgerald does not quite catch. He decides to get it over with and journeys to Dealey Plaza in Dallas. However, when he glances up to the Texas School Book Depository and sees Lee Harvey Oswald raise a gun to kill Kennedy, Fitzgerald is unable to stand by and watch the killing. He intervenes and saves the president's life, shouting for the president and his entourage to take cover. Oswald fires anyway, but misses, and is later arrested by Dallas police.

A grateful President Kennedy (Andrew Robinson) invites Fitzgerald to stay at the White House. As Kennedy and his entourage return home, the president is notified that Soviet troops have captured West Berlin. Fitzgerald is astonished, and claims that Khrushchev would never do such a thing. Kennedy sadly points out that Khrushchev was assassinated earlier that day.
In his room that night, Fitzgerald frantically consults his time-travel wrist computer, which informs him that his alteration of history has caused massive rips in the fabric of time. The assassination of Khrushchev was not enough to "fix" the damage to the time stream; the computer informs Fitzgerald that all possible outcomes to this timeline will result in total war between the superpowers and mutual annihilation. There is only one way to repair the timeline, the computer intones: "The Kennedy presidency must end, as history originally recorded it."

Meanwhile, the president and his chief Secret Service bodyguard, Ray (Louis Giambalvo), have discovered that Fitzgerald's movie camera is not the standard model it appears to be. Metallurgists cannot open it up or determine what it may be. They summon Fitzgerald, who tells them that the camera is a holographic camera from the future, as he himself is. They are skeptical but are convinced of the truth when the professor demonstrates the camera's use. President Kennedy asks whether Fitzgerald was sent back in time to observe Kennedy's reaction to the Berlin crisis, but the professor replies that he did not know about that. Kennedy is puzzled at this, until he looks again at Fitzgerald's half dollar coin - dated 1964 with Kennedy's face on it (no living American can be depicted on money) - which the Secret Service had recovered after Fitzgerald dropped it on Air Force One, and he quickly deduces the truth: that Fitzgerald came to Dallas to witness an assassination, Kennedy's own.

Kennedy volunteers to do whatever is necessary to repair history. Fitzgerald, overwhelmed by his ancestor's heroism, removes his time travel ring and places it on Kennedy's hand. Kennedy vanishes, and Fitzgerald's computer reports that the president has been transported to the year 2172 - Fitzgerald's home. The professor tells Ray that a few changes need to be made; then, when Dallas and the motorcade are revisited, it is Fitzgerald who appears in the car and is shot and killed.

At Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the dead body of "President Kennedy" (actually Fitzgerald) is being attended to by a doctor, who is actually Fitzgerald's colleague from the future. Ray, the Secret Service agent, recognizes her ring because it is identical to Fitzgerald's. She tells him that she knew what Fitzgerald's fate would be, saying, "Some of us do our research in the even farther future" and goes on to say, "The last time I saw him I couldn't tell him what I knew. All I could do was repeat a phrase" - the remark that Fitzgerald didn't quite catch - "in Chinese that my husband taught me." Holding Fitzgerald's hand tenderly, she repeats the phrase in Chinese and then says it in English: "Goodbye, old friend... Goodbye." Ray asks her if what they have seen will change history, and she replies that it will not - because it did not. "Even the act of traveling in time is part of history," she says.

At Harvard University in 2172, a man speaks to a classroom full of students, delivering a rousing speech in which he implicitly lauds Fitzgerald's sacrifice and the sacrifices of other honorable men like him. As the camera turns, we see that the speaker, dressed in clothing appropriate to the period, is John F. Kennedy.

Cast:
•   Dr. Kate Wang: Barbara Baxley – Also in an episode of the original Twilight Zone
•   Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald: Lane Smith- Nathan Bates on V
•   John F. Kennedy: Andrew Robinson
 http://www.youtube.com/v/ZqFMQ-N2DuQ
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 01, 2013, 06:06:53 PM
That's it for tonight. I'll post 10 tomorrow and Sunday to speed this up.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Darth Geek on March 01, 2013, 06:52:11 PM
"Even the act of traveling in time is part of history,"
Never seen this episode, it sounds like a good one, but I LOVE this line! I've always been frustrated when people treat time travel like it's "cheating". It should be part of history.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 01, 2013, 07:01:46 PM
I've never seen that episode either, but have seen the Red Dwarf episode where they do the same thing (only comically).
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 01, 2013, 09:23:57 PM
45. Mirror Image- 2/26/60
(21 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #13 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: Parallel universe
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

It made my list because it effectively creeped the hell out of me - due in large part to Vera Miles strong performance but also because we never really get a clear-cut reason for the doppelganger's motivations (though our leading lady offers a hypothesis). They aren't your traditional conquerors nor are they benevolent travelers. They aren’t here by accident, there isn't an, "us or them" scenario... the only indication of intent is the cold, gleeful smiles they wear. It's as if f----ng with us was pure, unfiltered joy juice. Are they just doing it for the kicks? I'm not sure, but there's something malicious in those smiles, something chilling. And the lack of a reason for it all adds to my unease. This thing stuck with me for days.

Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 01, 2013, 10:09:46 PM
46. Button, Button- 3/7/1986
(21 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #6 Johnny Unusual)
Twilight Zone Theme: Mysterious object causes issues
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10


Big fan of this one.  Also so this great video recently.

http://www.cracked.com/video_18534_the-easy-answer-to-one-oldest-moral-dilemmas.html
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 06:35:36 AM
40. Mr. Bevis- 6/3/60
(23 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #3 Pak)

Twilight Zone Theme: The grass isn’t always greener
Creepiness Factor: 6 out of 10

"In the parlance of the twentieth century, this is an oddball. His name is James B.W. Bevis, and his tastes lean toward stuffed animals, zither music, professional football, Charles Dickens, moose heads, carnivals, dogs, children, and young ladies. Mr. Bevis is accident prone, a little vague, a little discombooberated, with a life that possesses all the security of a floating crap game. But this can be said of our Mr. Bevis: without him, without his warmth, without his kindness, the world would be a considerably poorer place, albeit perhaps a little saner. [Narration interrupted by character action and dialogue.] Should it not be obvious by now, James B.W. Bevis is a fixture in his own private, optimistic, hopeful little world, a world which has long ceased being surprised by him. [Narration interrupted by more character action and dialogue.] James B.W. Bevis, on whom Dame Fortune will shortly turn her back, but not before she gives him a paste in the mouth. Mr. James B.W. Bevis, just one block away from the Twilight Zone."

Mr. Bevis loses his job, wrecks his car and gets evicted from his apartment, all in one day. Bevis then meets his guardian angel J. Hardy Hempstead, who assists him. Bevis starts the day over, except now he is a success at work, his rent is paid, and his car is now a sportscar, instead of a jalopy. However, in order to have his new life, Bevis must make some changes: No loud clothes, no zither music, no longer can he be the well-liked neighborhood goofball. Realizing all these things is what makes him happy, Bevis asks that things be returned to the way they were. Hempstead changes things back, but arranges for Bevis to get his old jalopy back. He is still his guardian angel.

"Mr. James B.W. Bevis, who believes in a magic all his own. The magic of a child's smile, the magic of liking and being liked, the strange and wondrous mysticism that is the simple act of living. Mr. James B.W. Bevis, species of twentieth-century male, who has his own private and special Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   James B.W. Bevis: Orson Bean
•   J. Hardy Hempstead: Henry Jones
•   Mr. Peckinpaugh: Charles Lane
 http://www.youtube.com/v/mLZKdFa-iAg
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 06:42:29 AM
39. A Penny for Your Thoughts- 2/3/61
(23 points, 2 lista of 8, highest ranking: #5 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: The grass isn’t always greener
Creepiness Factor: 6 out of 10

"Mr. Hector B. Poole, resident of the Twilight Zone. Flip a coin and keep flipping it. What are the odds? Half the time it will come up heads, half the time tails. But in one freakish chance in a million, it'll land on its edge. Mr. Hector B. Poole, a bright human coin - on his way to the bank."

Hector pays for a morning paper with a coin that stands on edge. He then finds he has telepathic powers. He informs his boss, Mr. Bagby, that Sykes, a businessman trying to get a large loan is actually going to bet it at the racetrack to try and repay embezzled funds. Sykes leaves in a rage, and Bagby is greatly displeased. Smithers, an old, trusted employee, is thinking of stealing some money, and escaping to Bermuda. A search of his briefcase reveals that Smithers was just daydreaming, and Poole is fired. Later, Mr. Bagby informs him that he was right about Sykes, and offers him his job back. Using information he has about Bagby's weekend plans with his mistress, he is made an office manager. Leaving from work he buys a paper, and knocks the coin he stood on end earlier down, and his psychic abilities disappear.

"One time in a million, a coin will land on its edge, but all it takes to knock it over is a vagrant breeze, a vibration or a slight blow. Hector B. Poole, a human coin, on edge for a brief time - in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Hector B. Poole: Dick York- Darren on Bewitched
•   Miss Turner: June Dayton
•   Mr. Bagby: Dan Tobin
 http://www.youtube.com/v/OPTuGoVY52Y
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 06:48:12 AM
38.  The Encounter- 5/1/64
(25 points, 1 list of 8, highest ranking: #1 Tripe)

Twilight Zone Theme: Um…war?
Creepiness Factor: 1 out of 10

"Two men alone in an attic: a young Japanese-American and a seasoned veteran of yesterday's war. It's twenty-odd years since Pearl Harbor, but two ancient opponents are moving into position for a battle in an attic crammed with skeletons - souvenirs, mementoes, old uniforms and rusted medals - ghosts from the dim reaches of the past that will lead us into... the Twilight Zone."

Fenton, a WW II veteran and Taro a Japanese-American are trapped in Fenton's attic. Taro notices a samurai sword that Fenton says he took off a dead soldier. Taro claims his father was a hero at Pearl Harbor. Actually, Taro's father was a traitor who signalled the enemy where to bomb. Taro realizes that Fenton killed a surrendering soldier and stole the sword off of him. Fenton admits his guilt and tells Taro he wants him to kill him. They wrestle and Fenton falls on the sword, Taro yells "Banzai" and jumps out the attic window.

"Two men in an attic, locked in mortal embrace. Their common bond and their common enemy: guilt. A disease all too prevalent among men, both in and out of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Fenton: Neville Brand
•   Taro: George Takei- Do I need to say anything?

 http://www.youtube.com/v/hv82D2j9t4I
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 06:55:49 AM
37.  Night of the Meek- 12/23/60
(25 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #10 Pak)

Twilight Zone Theme: Good things happen to drunks
Creepiness Factor: 3 out of 10

"This is Mr. Henry Corwin, normally unemployed, who once a year takes the lead role in the uniquely American institution, that of department-store Santa Claus in a road-company version of 'The Night Before Christmas.' But in just a moment Mr. Henry Corwin, ersatz Santa Claus, will enter a strange kind of North Pole which is one part the wondrous spirit of Christmas and one part the magic that can only be found in... the Twilight Zone."

Corwin is fired on Christmas Eve by Dundee, the store manager, after arriving drunk for work. He walks around, still in his Santa suit, until he finds a bag. It gives out any item that's asked of it. Corwin proceeds to pass gifts out to everyone. Officer Flaherty suspects the merchandise is stolen, and takes him to the police station. Mr. Dundee is there, and tries to find the "stolen merchandise" in the bag, but all he finds is a stray cat and some garbage. Corwin passes out gifts the rest of the night, until the bag is empty. Burt, a friendly bum, points out that Corwin has taken no gift for himself. Corwin replies that his only wish is to do this every year. His wish is granted: In an alley he finds an elf, sleigh and reindeer waiting to take him to the North Pole.

"A word to the wise to all the children of the twentieth century, whether their concern be pediatrics or geriatrics, whether they crawl on hands and knees and wear diapers or walk with a cane and comb their beards. There's a wondrous magic to Christmas, and there's a special power reserved for little people. In short, there's nothing mightier than the meek, and a merry Christmas to each and all."

Cast:
•   Henry Corwin: Art Carney- Ed Norton on the Honeymooners
•   Mr. Dundee: John Fiedler- The voice of piglet
•   Burt: Burt Mustin- Will be seen again on the list

 http://www.youtube.com/v/YGwHJL4RyOg
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 03, 2013, 06:59:22 AM
Twilight Zone Theme: Um…war?
Guilt; guilt over actions taken by oneself in the extreme situation of war and guilt conferred by committing a traitorous act on those related to the traitor.

And tensions connected to "The Other".

A really interesting character piece at a time where the US was due to engage with another conflict in Asia.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 07:01:32 AM
36.     The Lonely- 11/13/59
(25 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #9 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: Robots
Creepiness Factor: 4 out of 10

"Witness if you will a dungeon, made out of mountains, salt flats and sand that stretch to infinity. The dungeon has an inmate: James A. Corry. And this is his residence: a metal shack. An old touring car that squats in the sun and goes nowhere - for there is nowhere to go. For the record let it be known that James A. Corry is a convicted criminal placed in solitary confinement. Confinement in this case stretches as far as the eye can see, because this particular dungeon is on an asteroid nine million miles from the Earth. Now witness if you will a man's mind and body shrivelling in the sun, a man dying of loneliness."

Allenby, the captain of a supply ship, takes pity on Corry, and leaves him Alicia, a robot that looks and sounds like a woman. Corry is repelled by the robot, but eventually falls in love with her. Allenby returns one day and tells Corry he's been pardoned, and they've come to get him. Corry can only take fifteen pounds of gear, and Alicia weighs more than that. Corry refuse to leave without her, so Allenby pulls a gun and shoots Alicia in the face, revealing a mass of wires. Allenby tells Corry, "All you're leaving behind is loneliness." Stunned, Corry replies, "I must remember that. I must remember to keep that in mind."

"On a microscopic piece of sand that floats through space is a fragment of a man's life. Left to rust is the place he lived in and the machines he used. Without use, they will disintegrate from the wind and the sand and the years that act upon them; all of Mr. Corry's machines - including the one made in his image, kept alive by love, but now obsolete... in the Twilight Zone."

:
•   James A. Corry: Jack Warden
•   Alicia: Jean Marsh

 http://www.youtube.com/v/fYbKjSCA-fs
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 07:07:21 AM
35.     The Changing of the Guard- 6/1/62
(26 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #6 Imrahil)

Twilight Zone Theme: Ghosts doing good
Creepiness Factor: 6 out of 10

"Professor Ellis Fowler, a gentle, bookish guide to the young, who is about to discover that life still has certain surprises, and that the campus of the Rock Springs School for Boys lies on a direct path to another institution, commonly referred to as the Twilight Zone."

After fifty-one years of teaching, Professor Ellis Fowler is informed he is to be forcibly retired. He decides his teaching has never made a difference, he takes a pistol to the school and plans to shoot himself. Inside the school he hears a bell, and enters a classroom. There he sees ghosts of some of his now-deceased students. They convince him that he did make a difference in their lives. He returns home knowing that he did make a difference, and ready to accept retirement.

"Professor Ellis Fowler, teacher, who discovered rather belatedly something of his own value. A very small scholastic lesson, from the campus of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Prof. Ellis Fowler: Donald Pleasance- Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween
•   Headmaster: Liam Sullivan
•   Mrs. Landers: Philippa Bevans

 http://www.youtube.com/v/Rlr2WvLl8yM
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 07:13:21 AM
34.     Passage on the Lady Anne- 5/9/63
(27 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #6 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: Old people going crazy
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"Portrait of a honeymoon couple getting ready for a journey - with a difference. These newlyweds have been married for six years, and they're not taking this honeymoon to start their life but rather to save it, or so Eileen Ransome thinks. She doesn't know why she insisted on a ship for this voyage, except that it would give them some time and she'd never been on one before - certainly never one like the Lady Anne. The tickets read 'New York to Southampton' but this old liner is going somewhere else. Its destination... the Twilight Zone."

Instead of the cruise bringing them closer together, the Ransome's agree to get a divorce when they return home. Eileen disappears, and when Allan finds her she is wearing a nightgown that a passenger wore on her honeymoon. Seeing her, Allan realizes how much he still loves her. The passengers force them into a lifeboat, with plenty of provisions, and set them adrift. The Lady Anne sails off.

"The Lady Anne never reached port. After they were picked up by a cutter a few hours later, as Captain Protheroe had promised, the Ransomes searched the newspaper for news - but there wasn't any news. The Lady Anne with all her crew and all her passengers vanished without a trace. But the Ransomes knew what had happened, they knew that the ship had sailed off to a better port - a place called the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Allan Ransome: Lee Philips – Also seen in Queen of the Nile
•   Eileen Ransome: Joyce Van Patten- Dick Van Patten’s little sister
•   McKenzie: Wilfrid Hyde-White

 http://www.youtube.com/v/ZMgmyVZ4bbk
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 07:19:59 AM
33.     Little Girl Lost- 3/16/62
(27 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #12 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: Parallel universe
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"Missing: one frightened little girl. Name: Bettina Miller. Description: six years of age, average height and build, light brown hair, quite pretty. Last seen being tucked in bed by her mother a few hours ago. Last heard - aye, there's the rub, as Hamlet put it. For Bettina Miller can be heard quite clearly, despite the rather curious fact that she can't be seen at all. Present location? Let's say for the moment - in the Twilight Zone."

Tina Miller rolls under her bed and disappears. Her father calls a friend, Bill, a physicist. The family dog runs under the bed and disappears also. Bill believes Tina fell through a hole into another dimension. Chris Miller puts his arm through the wall trying to grab hold of Tina. He falls forward and halfway through the hole. He sees a twisted, distorted world. He calls the dog, who then leads Tina to him. He grabs them both and Bill pulls all three back through the hole, which then closes. Bill says, "Another few seconds and half of you would have been here, and the other half...."

"The other half where? The fourth dimension? The fifth? Perhaps. They never found the answer. Despite a battery of research physicists equipped with every device known to man, electronic and otherwise, no result was ever achieved, except perhaps a little more respect for and uncertainty about the mechanisms of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Bill: Charles Aidman- Narrator of the 80s Twilight Zone
•   Chris Miller: Robert Sampson
•   Ruth Miller: Sarah Marshall
•   Tina: Tracy Stratford- Will be seen later in the list

 http://www.youtube.com/v/WLHYyM2YBqc
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 07:25:33 AM
32.     The Shelter- 3/16/62
(28 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #9 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: The radio causes hysteria
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"What you are about to watch is a nightmare. It is not meant to be prophetic, it need not happen, it's the fervent and urgent prayer of all men of good will that it shall never happen. But in this place, in this moment, it does happen. This is the Twilight Zone."

During a party for Dr. Stockton, the radio announces that UFOs are headed southeast and that everyone should head for their shelters. The Doc, his wife and son barricade themselves in their shelter, but their neighbors are unprepared and beg to be let in. Doc refuses saying there is only food and air for three. The neighbors find a pipe and beat the door down. Just then, the radio announces that the UFOs were really just satellites. The neighbors apologize but Doc knows that the experience has destroyed them all.

"No moral, no message, no prophetic tract, just a simple statement of fact: for civilization to survive, the human race has to remain civilized. Tonight's very small exercise in logic from the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Dr. Stockton: Larry Gates- Danny in Invasion of the Body Snatchers
•   Jerry Harlowe: Jack Albertson- Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka
•   Marty Weiss: Joseph Bernard
•   Henderson: Sandy Kenyon

 http://www.youtube.com/v/8otNjS4ePQQ
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 07:31:48 AM
31.     Deaths-Head Revisited- 11/10/61
(28 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #11 Johnny Unusual)

Twilight Zone Theme: Revenge
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"Mr. Schmidt, recently arrived in a small Bavarian village which lies eight miles northwest of Munich, a picturesque, delightful little spot onetime known for its scenery but more recently related to other events having to do with some of the less positive pursuits of man: human slaughter, torture, misery and anguish. Mr. Schmidt, as we will soon perceive, has a vested interest in the ruins of a concentration camp - for once, some seventeen years ago, his name was Gunther Lutze. He held the rank of a captain in the S.S. He was a black-uniformed, strutting animal whose function in life was to give pain, and like his colleagues of the time he shared the one affliction most common amongst that breed known as nazis: he walked the Earth without a heart. And now former S.S. Captain Lutze will revisit his old haunts, satisfied perhaps that all that is awaiting him in the ruins on the hill is an element of nostalgia. What he does not know, of course, is that a place like Dachau cannot exist only in Bavaria. By its nature, by its very nature, it must be one of the populated areas of the Twilight Zone."

Walking in the old concentration camp, Lutze meets Becker, whom he mistakes for a caretaker. Becker is actually a ghost, and he and the other ghostly inhabitants of the camp have returned to put Lutze on trial. After a trial, Lutze is made to suffer like his victims from years ago. The torture drives him insane. A doctor later wonders what drove Lutze crazy. He then looks around the camp and says, "Dachau, why do we keep it standing?"

"There is an answer to the doctor's question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes - all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but wherever men walk God's Earth."

Cast:
•   Becker: Joseph Schildkraut
•   Capt. Lutz: Oscar Beregi
•   Innkeeper: Karen Verne


 http://www.youtube.com/v/I9crQmo9vis
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 03, 2013, 09:25:35 AM
Hmm, lots of gooey stuff here. I guess I'm an old grump or cynic, I've always had an aversion to the sentimental ones -- not completely, I don't hate 'em by any means, and they are worthy of the list, but they frequently slipped in my rankings.

I have no memory of the Encounter... I'll have to watch that one next!

It's always nice to see ones you slotted make the list. I got two: Little Girl Lost, which is one of those weird, chilling ones I like. And the Lonely... I thought that end scene when Anna looks at Corey, with a wounded, confussed look on her face -just before the trigger is pulled- was devastating. Had the actress  played it cold, robotic, I don't know that the ep would have had the same impact on me.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 03, 2013, 10:13:56 AM
There are several so far I haven't seen, or don't remember, I'll have to check them out.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 03, 2013, 01:56:19 PM
Yeah I made up a list of about 40 that I remember liking, and wound up watching a little over 50 eps. I've continued watching, but still have a ways to go.

Just finished with The Encounter - while I've always liked Takei, I never knew he was this good of an actor. I enjoyed the episode a lot, though I have to admit to laughed at the end, it's like they didn't really know what to do with George so lets just... BANZAI! It kind of broke the mood, but still an outstanding one.

Also caught The Shelter and wow, that was intense. Had I watched it earlier it might very well have made my top 25.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 03, 2013, 02:08:21 PM
Just finished with The Encounter - while I've always liked Takei, I never knew he was this good of an actor. I enjoyed the episode a lot, though I have to admit to laughed at the end, it's like they didn't really know what to do with George so lets just... BANZAI! It kind of broke the mood, but still an outstanding one.
It's the performances that make it my #1 pick. :) A lot of the cast of Trek were decent to good actors at one point*, sitting on the bridge of the Enterprise seemed to change that to one degree or another.

I also think the creepiness factor is pretty high in the episode, not a supernatural creepiness but one that's rooted in the unease you feel when a situation starts to sour rapidly in real life.

The thing about Banzai is I think it's become a casualty of pop culture, it actually had some serious significance at one point and still did for the most part at the time of the episode, it just sounds silly now really.

*yes even the one you immediately thought of.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 08:11:58 PM
30.     The Little People- 3/30/62
(29 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #9 Johnny Unusual)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it seems
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"The time is the space age, the place is a barren landscape of a rock-walled canyon that lies millions of miles from the planet Earth. The cast of characters? You've met them: William Fletcher, commander of the spaceship; his co-pilot, Peter Craig. The other characters who inhabit this place you may never see, but they're there, as these two gentlemen will soon find out. Because they're about to partake in a little exploration into that gray, shaded area in space and time that's known as the Twilight Zone."

Fletcher and Craig set down in the canyon to repair their ship. While scouting around, Craig finds a city populated by tiny people - no bigger than ants. He begins terrorizing the population by crushing their buildings, and he proclaims himself a god. Fletcher comes to inform him the repairs are done, but Craig pulls a gun on him, and orders him to leave alone; there's no room for two gods. Fletcher leaves, and immediately another ship lands. Two spacemen, big as mountains, emerge. One of them picks Craig up and accidentally crushes him.

"The case of navigator Peter Craig, a victim of a delusion. In this case, the dream dies a little harder than the man. A small exercise in space psychology that you can try on for size - in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Peter Craig: Joe Maross
•   William Fletcher: Claude Akins


 http://www.youtube.com/v/ydbxuR_YV0Q
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 08:12:43 PM
29.     A World of His Own- 7/1/60
(29 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Tripe)

Twilight Zone Theme: Mysterious object causes issues
Creepiness Factor: 4 out of 10

"The home of Mr. Gregory West, one of America's most noted playwrights. The office of Mr. Gregory West. Mr Gregory West - shy, quiet, and at the moment very happy. Mary - warm, affectionate. [Narration interrupted by character action and dialogue.] And the final ingredient - Mrs. Gregory West."

Victoria West sees her husband and a blonde through a window, sharing drinks. But when she barges into his office, he is alone. Gregory tells her that by describing something into his dictation machine, he can bring anything into being. To make it disappear all he needs to do is throw the tape in the fireplace. He demonstrates by describing an elephant in the hall. Victoria ignores the evidence and informs Gregory she is going to have him committed. Gregory removes an envelope from a wall safe, and tells her it contains the tape that describes her. Victoria grabs the envelope and throws it into the fireplace, and promptly disappears. Gregory quickly begins to redescribe Victoria, then reconsiders and begins to describe Mrs. Mary West. A loving Mary appears mixing her husband a drink.

"We hope you enjoyed tonight's romantic story on The Twilight Zone. At the same time, we want you to realize that it was, of course, purely fictional. In real life, such ridiculous nonsense could never...[Narration interrupted by Gregory West's chastising Rod, pulling a piece of tape from an envelope marked "Rod Serling," and throwing the tape into the fire.] Well, that's the way it goes..."
(Rod Serling made his first on-camera appearance at the end of this episode. He walks out and addresses the audience. "We hope you enjoyed tonight's romantic story on the Twilight Zone. At the same time we want you to realize that it was, of course, purely fictional. In real life, such ridiculous nonsense -" "Rod, you shouldn't!" says West. He pulls an envelope out of the wall safe marked "Rod Serling." "I mean, you shouldn't say such things as 'nonsense' and 'ridiculous'!" He takes the tape out of the envelope and throws it into the fire. Serling says, "Well, that's the way it goes." And then he disappears.)

Cast:
•   Gregory West: Keenan Wynn
•   Victoria West: Phyllis Kirk
•   Mary: Mary La Roche
 http://www.youtube.com/v/MVHfJ3Kb61A
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 08:13:24 PM
28.     A Small Talent for War- 1/24/86
(30 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #9 Tripe)

Twilight Zone Theme: Aliens are bad
Creepiness Factor: 6  out of 10

An emissary from an alien race arrives to claim to have genetically engineered Humanity. He directly challenges the United Nations to prove Humanity's worth, displeased over their "small talent for war". He then tells them that Mankind has failed to produce the potential that the aliens nurtured in them thousands of years ago, and as a result, all life on Earth will be destroyed in 24 hours. With the survival of Humanity at stake, the UN hurriedly establishes an accord for lasting global peace and presents it to the emissary.

However, the emissary was, in fact, seeking a greater talent for war, as the aliens routinely breed warriors to fight for them across the galaxy. Humanity's "small talent" for war (crude weapons, petty bickering over borders) is not significant enough to be of any use to them, and worst of all, the ultimate goal of Humanity is peace. As the ambassador calls down a fleet of spaceships to destroy the Earth, he praises the humans for their "delightful sense of the absurd", and his parting comment repeats the dying words attributed to several English-language actors: "Dying is easy, comedy is hard".

Cast:
Alien Ambassador: John Glover
American DiplomatMary: Peter Michael Goetz
 http://www.youtube.com/v/gP2w56IiAeM
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 08:14:16 PM
27.     To  See the Invisible Man- 1/31/86
(31 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #8 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: Parallel worlds
Creepiness Factor: 6  out of 10

Mitchell Chaplin, a man living in a world parallel to ours, has been found guilty of the crime of "coldness" - of not being friendly or open enough with those around him. According to the State, his punishment is to be rendered "invisible", a social outcast, for one year. A scarring implant placed on his forehead warns others to ignore him on penalty of being sentenced to a similar fate.

What seems like a welcome chance to be left alone becomes a lesson in humility, compassion, and empathy, as Chaplin begins to feel the consequences of social isolation. Under the omnipresent eye of floating security drones that monitor their society, people continually shun him. A blind man he meets, unable to see his mark, is refreshingly cordial, until a passing woman whispers the warning "invisible" to him. The blind man furiously curses Chaplin and turns away.

Misfortune after misfortune befalls Chaplin, with his lowest point reached when he is denied medical care after being hit by a car. Finally, on the last day of his sentence, two guards enter his apartment and remove the implant, restoring him back to society.

Four months after completing his sentence, Chaplin is accosted in public by a young woman (whom he encountered during his term of invisibility) who also wears the scar of an implant. Knowing the law, initially he ignores her, but her crying moves him to turn around and hug her. As they are surrounded by drones warning him of a new sentence of invisibility for his crime, he declares that he can see the woman, and that he cares.

Cast:
Mitchell Chaplin: Cotter Smith

 http://www.youtube.com/v/j4U-UUFYPLE
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 03, 2013, 08:15:07 PM
26.     A Stop at Willoughby- 5/6/60
(31 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #4 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world isn’t what it seems
Creepiness Factor: 4  out of 10

"This is Gart Williams, age thirty-eight, a man protected by a suit of armor all held together by one bolt. Just a moment ago, someone removed the bolt, and Mr. Williams' protection fell away from him and left him a naked target. He's been cannonaded this afternoon by all the enemies of his life. His insecurity has shelled him, his sensitivity has straddled him with humiliation, his deep-rooted disquiet about his own worth has zeroed in on him, landed on target, and blown him apart. Mr. Gart Williams, ad agency exec, who in just a moment will move into the Twilight Zone--in a desperate search for survival."

Gart Williams is a very unhappy man. He has a terrible boss and a shrewish wife. Riding home on the train one day he falls asleep, and dreams it is 1880, and he is entering a small town called Willoughby. The conductor tells him Willoughby is a town where "a man can slow down to a walk and live his life full measure." Williams realizes this is the place for him, but he receives only ridicule from his wife. The pressure of his job being too great, he finally cracks. He calls his wife to tell her he is quitting, but she hangs up on him. On the train home, he suddenly finds himself back in Willoughby. The townsfolk all greet him by name. He's there for good this time. Meanwhile, the train has stopped. A Mr. Williams has jumped from the train yelling something about "Willoughby." The body is loaded in a hearse that bears the name "Willoughby Funeral Home."

"Willoughby? Maybe it's wishful thinking nestled in a hidden part of a man's mind, or maybe it's the last stop in the vast design of things - or perhaps, for a man like Gart Williams, who clmbed on a world that went by too fast, it's a place around the bend where he could jump off. Willoughby? Whatever it is, it comes with sunlight and serenity, and is part of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Gart Williams: James Daly
•   Jane Williams: Patricia Donahue
•   Mr. Misrell: Howard Smith

 http://www.youtube.com/v/ca0dGWbXJxk
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 04, 2013, 10:15:32 AM
Surprised Willoughby only made two lists, I thought that was considered one of the better eps. Without going overly TMI, that one kind of hit me where I live, might be one reason why I placed it so high.

Little People was ultimately pushed out of my top 25, but I liked it. World of His Own was a goodie too.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:19:32 PM
25.     Mr. Garrity and the Graves- 5/8/64
(33 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #3 Tripe)

Twilight Zone Theme: Scam artist and the people they hurt
Creepiness Factor: 7  out of 10

"Introducing Mr. Jared Garrity, a gentleman of commerce, who in the latter half of the nineteenth century plied his trade in the wild and wooly hinterlands of the American West. And Mr. Garrity, if one can believe him, is a resurrecter of the dead - which, on the face of it, certainly sounds like the bull is off the nickel. But to the scoffers amongst you, and you ladies and gentlemen from Missouri, don't laugh this one off entirely, at least until you've seen a sample of Mr. Garrity's wares, and an example of his services. The place is Happiness, Arizona, the time about 1890. And you an I have just entered a saloon where the bar whiskey is brewed, bottled and delivered from the Twilight Zone."

Mr. Garrity promises the townspeople that at midnight, all the inhabitants of the town cemetery will get up and return to life. As the time grows nearer, people start to have second thoughts and convince Mr. Garrity, for a price, to cancel his services. As he leaves town he fails to notice the cemetery and all its inhabitants rising and returning to town.

"Exit Mr. Garrity, a would-be charlatan, a make-believe con man and a sad mijudger of his own talents. Respectfully submitted from an empty cemetery on a dark hillside that is one of the slopes leading to the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Jared Garrity: John Dehner
•   Gooberman: J. Pat O'Malley
•   Ace: John Mitchum


 http://www.youtube.com/v/mbkvjW5XElk
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:20:06 PM
24.     Number 12 Looks Just Like You- 1/24/64
(33 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #10 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: The future will be better?
Creepiness Factor: 7  out of 10

"Given the chance, what young girl wouldn't happily exchange a plain face for a lovely one? What girl could refuse the opportunity to be beautiful? For want of a better estimate, let's call it the year 2000. At any rate, imagine a time in the future when science has developed a means of giving everyone the face and body he dreams of. It may not happen tomorrow - but it happens now in the Twilight Zone."

Marilyn Cuberle doesn't want to submit to the Transformation, a supposedly voluntary operation that makes them identical to everyone else. Her family and friends try and convince her to go ahead with the Transformation. She tries to escape from a hospital, and ends up in a room with a doctor and nurse. She emerges from the hospital looking and thinking just like everyone else.

"Portrait of a young lady in love - with herself. Improbable? Perhaps. But in an age of plastic surgery, body building and an infinity of cosmetics, let us hesitate to say impossible. These and other strange blessings may be waiting in the future - which after all, is the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Marilyn Cuberle: Collin Wilcox
•   Lana Cuberle/Simmons/Doe/Grace/Jane/Patient/#12: Suzy Parker
•   Uncle Rick/Dr. Rex/Sigmund/Friend/Dr. Tom/Attendant: Richard Long


 http://www.youtube.com/v/e2QZaX2R9Sg
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:20:42 PM
23.     Wordplay- 10/4/85
(34 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #7 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it seems
Creepiness Factor: 4 out of 10

Bill Lowery is a salesman whose company has switched to a medical supply product line forcing him to stay up nights memorizing medical terms in order to be ready to sell the line in a week's time. His wife tells him that she’s worried about their son who’s ill. As Lowery leaves for work, his neighbor refers to his dog as an "encyclopedia" but Lowery shrugs it off, thinking he heard wrong. Lowery puts in a full morning of trying to cope with the new terms, the jibes from the younger salesmen (about teaching old dogs new "trumpets"), and the surprising usage of words completely out of place.

As Lowery leaves for lunch at home, a subordinate asks for a referral to a good place to go for "dinosaur". Lowery tries to find out why the co-worker is not using the correct word ("lunch"), but the co-worker just walks away annoyed. Lowery arrives home where his wife says their son is feeling worse. When she complains that he didn't eat his "dinosaur", Lowery thinks his wife and co-workers have been pulling a practical joke. He soon realizes, however, that he is the one out-of-sync.

Returning to the office, Lowery becomes frustrated by the increasing level of gibberish. He goes back home to find his son suffering from a very high fever. Bill picks up the boy and takes them to the emergency room, where his wife has to handle everything because Lowery cannot make himself understood. The doctors finally come out to tell them that their son is okay.

Later on, Bill sits down in his son's bedroom and picks up one of his ABC books, studying the basics of the language that he now needs to re-learn. Under the picture of a dog, the word is "Wednesday"...

Cast:
•   Bill Lowery: Robert Klein
•   Katherine Lowery: Annie Potts
•   Mr. Miller: Robert Downey Sr.


 http://www.youtube.com/v/2_Ucw9cPH-8
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:21:20 PM
22.     The Masks- 3/20/64
(35 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #6 Pak)

Twilight Zone Theme: Bad people get what they deserve
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"Mr. Jason Foster, a tired ancient who on this particular Mardi Gras evening will leave the earth. But before departing he has some things to do, some services to perform, some debts to pay - and some justice to mete out. This is New Orleans, Mardi Gras time. It is also the Twilight Zone."

Jason Foster, knowing he is dying, summons his heirs to a Mardi Gras party. He gives each a grotesque mask that reflects their true nature. Fearing they'll be disinherited, they put on the masks. At midnight Jason dies, his family, glad he is gone, removes their masks. To their horror, they discover their faces are permanently disfigured; each matches the masks they were wearing.

"Mardi Gras incident, the dramatis personae being four people who came to celebrate and in a sense let themselves go. This they did with a vengeance. They now wear the faces of all that was inside them - and they'll wear them for the rest of their lives, said lives now to be spent in shadow. Tonight's tale of men, the macabre and masks - on the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Jason Foster: Robert Keith
•   Emily Harper: Virginia Gregg
•   Wilfred, Jr.: Alan Sues


 http://www.youtube.com/v/P-c468mpNng
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:24:25 PM
21.     Nothing in the Dark- 1/5/62
(35 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #7 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: Death is ok (and pretty sexy)
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"An old woman living in a nightmare, an old woman who has fought a thousand battles with death and always won. Now she's faced with a grim decision - whether or not to open a door. And in some strange and frightening way she knows that this seemingly ordinary door leads to the Twilight Zone."

Wanda Dunn is so scared that "Mr. Death" will kill her with his touch, she has barricaded herself in her apartment for years. When a policeman is shot outside her door, she overcomes her fear and drags him inside. A man breaks into her apartment, and Wanda thinking it's Mr. Death, faints. When she comes to, he explains he is a building contractor and that he is to demolish the building the next day. After he leaves Wanda realizes that he couldn't see the policeman - he is Mr. Death. But rather than being a monster, she sees him as a gentle deliverer. She takes his hand and he leads her outside into the sunlight.

"There was an old woman who lived in a room and, like all of us, was frightened of the dark, but who discovered in the minute last fragment of her life that there was nothing in the dark that wasn't there when the lights were on. Object lesson for the more frightened amongst us - in or out of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Wanda Dunn: Gladys Cooper
•   Harold Beldon: Robert Redford
•   Man: R.G. Armstrong


For some reason, none of the videos for this will work...
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:26:54 PM
20.     Where Is Everybody?- 10/2/59 (the first episode after the pilot)
(38 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #4 Tripe)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it appears
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"The place is here, the time is now, and the journey into the shadows that we're about to watch could be our journey."

Mike Ferris, a man in an Air Force jumpsuit, is all alone in a strange town. He searches all over trying to find someone. He finally collapses, pushing the "walk button" at a stoplight. The "walk" button is actually a panic button, and Ferris is an astronaut-trainee in an isolation booth. He has been in the booth for 484 hours, and has been hallucinating the whole town.

"Up there, up there in the vastness of space, in the void that is sky, up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the stars waiting, waiting with the patience of eons, forever waiting... in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Mike Ferris: Earl Holliman
•   Air Force General: James Gregory

And now none of the videos seem to work. I'll try again in the morning to add them. If they still don't, we'll go without video from here.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:27:37 PM
19.     Five Characters in Search of an Exit- 12/22/61
(39 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #11 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: The toys are alive!! (And probably the reason that I completely believe what happens in the toy story movies is true)
Creepiness Factor: 9 out of 10

"Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and an army major - a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it - because this is the Twilight Zone."

The five characters are trapped in a cylinder with no memory of how they arrived there. The Major hits on the idea of forming a human ladder to reach the top. After reaching the rim, the Major loses his balance and falls into the snow below. The mystery is solved - they are dolls in a Christmas toy donation barrel. A child picks the Major up and returns him to the barrel.

"Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing but love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   The Major: William Windom
•   The Clown: Murray Matheson
•   The Ballerina: Susan Harrison
•   The Tramp: Kelton Garwood
•   The Bagpipe Player: Clark Allen
•   Little Girl: Mona Houghton


 
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:28:26 PM
18.     The Grave- 10/27/61
(40 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Imrahil)

Twilight Zone Theme: Revenge
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"Normally, the old man would be correct: this would be the end of the story. We've had the traditional shoot-out on the street and the badman will soon be dead. But some men of legend and folk tale have been known to continue having their way even after death. The outlaw and killer Pinto Sykes was such a person, and shortly we'll see how he introduces the town, and a man named Conny Miller in particular, to the Twilight Zone."

Sykes is gunned down by a group of townsfolk. Conny Miller, a hired-gun who never caught up with Sykes, learns that before Sykes died, he vowed to reach up and grab Miller if he ever got close to his grave. After accepting a bet that he won't go near the grave, Miller goes to the grave and sticks his knife into the ground, proving he was there. As he stands something grabs him and pulls him down. The next morning a group of people find Miller dead next to Sykes' grave. It appears that the wind had blown Miller's coat over the grave, and he had stuck his knife through it. Sykes's sister mentions that the wind was blowing away from the grave the night before.

"Final comment: you take this with a grain of salt or a shovelful of earth, as shadow or substance, we leave it up to you. And for any further research check under "G" for 'ghost' in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Conny Miller: Lee Marvin
•   Mothershed: Strother Martin
•   Johnny Rob: James Best
•   Steinhart: Lee Van Cleef

Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 04, 2013, 08:29:17 PM
I swear this is the most my name has come up on any of these countdowns I think. :)
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 04, 2013, 08:36:49 PM
I swear this is the most my name has come up on any of these countdowns I think. :)

We're getting to the point where it's the big episodes coming up that everyone knows so don't be surprised if your name doesn't pop up again. You had the most single person ones on your list and most of those were at the top of your list. They are now on my list of ones I should really see.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 04, 2013, 09:14:57 PM
"Number 12" was another one I had little recollection of, that was recommended to me. I loved it and added it to my 25. Those final scenes made me sad though, I wish she could have fought the power to the end.

I thought Richard Long was a hoot, he did a good job here. And I kept staring at the lead actress (where had I seen her?) turns out it was in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I also had Nothing in the Dark and Five Characters In Seach of an Exit. Great ep... but hmm, I don't remember playing with sad faced hobo dolls or bag pipers in the 60s? Large sized G.I. Joes, yes - but guy in a dress... not so much. ;)



Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 05, 2013, 02:19:48 AM

18.     The Grave- 10/27/61
(40 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Imrahil)


This one is awesome on a windy Halloween night.

That's when I first saw it.  Youtubed it a few years ago.  It doesn't feel like the usual TZ episode, more of a classic ghost story.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:29:18 PM
17.     The Hitch-Hiker- 1/22/60
(41 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not what it seems
Creepiness Factor: 11  out of 10

"Her name is Nan Adams. She's twenty-seven years old. Her occupation: buyer at a New York department store, at present on vacation, driving cross-country to Los Angeles, California, from Manhattan. [Narration interrupted by character action and dialogue.] Minor incident on Highway 11 in Pennsylvania, perhaps to be filed away under accidents you walk away from. But from this moment on, Nan Adams' companion on a trip to California will be terror; her route - fear; her destination - quite unknown."

After a blowout, Nan Adams repeatedly sees the same hitch-hiker. She tries to run over him, only to be told by a sailor to whom she's given a lift that there was no one on the road. She calls home and learns her mother suffered a nervous breakdown after the death of her daughter in a car wreck. Nan returns to her car, where the hitch-hiker - his purpose and identity known - awaits.

"Nan Adams, age twenty-seven. She was driving to California, to Los Angeles. She didn't make it. There was a detour - through the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Nan Adams: Inger Stevens
•   Hitch-Hiker: Leonard Strong
•   Sailor: Adam Williams
•   Gas Pump Boy: Lew Gallo
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:29:45 PM
16.     Kick the Can- 2/9/62
(42 points, 4 lists of 8, highest ranking: #8 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: Old people acting crazy
Creepiness Factor: 6  out of 10

"Sunnyvale Rest, a home for the aged - a dying place - and a common children's game called kick-the-can that will shortly become a refuge for a man who knows he will die in this world if he doesn't escape into... the Twilight Zone."

Charles Whitley, a resident of Sunnyvale, decides that the secret to youth is acting young. His friend Ben Conroy thinks he is crazy. One night Charles tries to wake everyone up to play a game of kick-the-can. Everyone agrees except Ben, who goes to tell the home's superintendent, Mr. Cox. When Ben and Mr. Cox go outside all they find are a group of children playing kick-the-can - they are all young again. Ben begs his old friend for a second chance, but Charles, now a boy, tells him it's too late. The children all run off into the bushes, leaving Ben behind.

"Sunnyvale Rest, a dying place for ancient people who have forgotten the fragile magic of youth. A dying place for those who have forgotten that childhood, maturity and old age are curiously intertwined and not separate. A dying place for those who have grown too stiff in their thinking to visit the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Charles Whitley: Ernest Truex
•   Ben Conroy: Russell Collins
•   Mr. Cox: John Marley
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:30:12 PM
15.     Two- 9/15/61
(44 points, 4 lists of 8, highest ranking: #9 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: War?
Creepiness Factor: 7 out of 10

"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 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."

A woman wearing a uniform encounters a man dressed in the enemy's uniform. She is very distrustful of him. A while later she admires a dress in a shop window. The man removes it and gives it to her. She changes in an old recruiting office. Seeing the posters reminds her of the war, and she rushes out and fires several rounds at the man. The next day he returns in civilian clothes and she is wearing the dress. She joins him and they walk off together.

"This has been a love story, about two lonely people who found each other... in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Man: Charles Bronson
•   Woman: Elizabeth Montgomery
•   Stunt Double: Sharon Lucas
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:30:42 PM
14.     Living Doll- 11/1/63
(52 points, 4 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: Toys can be evil
Creepiness Factor: 10 out of 10

"Talky Tina, a doll that does everything, a lifelike creation of plastic and springs and painted smile. To Erich Streator, she is a most unwelcome addition to his household - but without her he'd never enter the Twilight Zone."

Erich Streator doesn't like the new doll his wife has bought for his step-daughter. His dislike grows when the doll tells him she doesn't like him. After trying to get rid of the doll, he agrees to let his step-daughter keep it. Investigating a noise one night, he trips over the doll on the stairs and falls to his death.

"Of course, we all know dolls can't really talk, and they certainly can't commit murder. But to a child caught in the middle of turmoil and conflict, a doll can become many things: friend, defender, guardian. Especially a doll like Talky Tina, who did talk and did commit murder - in the misty region of the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Erich Streator: Telly Savalas
•   Annabelle: Mary LaRoche
•   Christie: Tracy Stratford
•   Voice of Talky Tina: June Foray
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:31:14 PM
13.  Eye of the Beholder- 11/11/60
(60 points, 3 lists of 8, highest ranking: #5 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: Parallel universe
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness, a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swath of bandages that cover her face. In a moment we'll go back into this room and also in a moment we'll look under those bandages, keeping in mind, of course, that we're not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn't just a hospital, and patient 307 is not just a woman. This happens to be the Twilight Zone, and Miss Tyler, with you, is about to enter it."

Janet Tyler anxiously awaits the outcome of her latest surgery. Janet, who's abnormal face has made her an outcast, has had her eleventh hospital visit - the maximum allowed by the State. If it didn't succeed, she will be sent to live in a village where others of her kind are segregated. As her bandages are removed, she is revealed to be very beautiful. The doctor draws back in horror. As the lights come on we see the others, their faces are misshapen and deformed. As Janet runs from her room crying, she runs into another of her kind, a handsome man named Walter Smith. He is in charge of an outcast village, and he assures her that she will eventually feel she belongs. He tells her to remember the old saying: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

"Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it, what kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? The answer is, it doesn't make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out among the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Lesson to be learned... in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Janet Tyler (under bandages): Maxine Stuart
•   Janet Tyler (revealed): Donna Douglas
•   Doctor: William D. Gordon
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:31:52 PM
12.  The After Hours- 6/10/60
(60 points, 4 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 George Harrison and Johnny Unusual)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it seems
Creepiness Factor: 9 out of 10

"Express elevator to the ninth floor of a department store, carrying Miss Marsha White on a most prosaic, ordinary, run of the mill errand. [Narration interrupted by character action and dialogue.] Miss Marsha White on the ninth floor, specialties department, looking for a gold thimble. The odds are that she'll find it--but there are even better odds that she'll find something else, because this isn't just a department store. This happens to be the Twilight Zone."

Marsha buys a gold thimble from a rude saleslady on the ninth floor. When she goes to complain, she is informed there is no ninth floor. She points out the saleslady, but is shocked to find it is just a store mannequin. She is helped to a store office where she falls asleep. When she wakes up, she finds she is locked in the closed store. She hears voices coming from the mannequins as she wanders through the empty store. She backs into the elevator which takes her to the ninth floor. There the mannequins all come to life one by one, including the saleslady and elevator operator. They explain that she too is a mannequin, and that each of them is allowed a one month journey among humans. She forgot her true identity and didn't return on time. She apologizes, then turns back into a mannequin.

"Marsha White in her normal and natural state: a wooden lady with a painted face who, one month out of the year, takes on the characteristics of someone as normal and as flesh and blood as you and I. But it makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask - particularly in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Marsha White: Anne Francis
•   Saleswoman: Elizabeth Allen
•   Armbruster: James Millhollin
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 05, 2013, 08:32:31 PM
11.  Will the Real Martians Please Stand Up?- 5/26/61
(69 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #4 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: Aliens are bad
Creepiness Factor: 9 out of 10

"Wintry February night, the present. Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, and the check-out you've just witnessed with two state troopers verifying the event, but with nothing more enlightening to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner. You've heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now and you'll be a part of an investigating team whose mission is not to find that proverbial needle, no, their task is even harder. They've got to find a Martian in a diner, and in just a moment you'll search with them, because you've just landed in the Twilight Zone."

Troopers follow the tracks from a frozen pond, into a diner. Inside they find a soda jerk, a bus driver and his seven passengers. The bus driver is certain only six people boarded his bus. There's two married couples, a businessman, a dancer and an eccentric old man. The troopers give up the investigation when a call comes through that the bridge is safe now, and the bus may continue on. Later, the businessman returns to the diner. The bridge really wasn't safe, the call was an illusion. He is the Martian, advance scout for an invasion force. He proceeds to drink a cup of coffee and smoke a cigarette, using all three of his arms. The soda jerk tells him that he's a Venusian, and that his invasion force has intercepted the Martian fleet. Grinning, he removes his cap, revealing a third eye.

"Incident on a small island, to be believed or disbelieved. However, if a sour-faced dandy named Ross or a big, good-natured counterman who handles a spatula as if he'd been born with one in his mouth, if either of these two entities walks onto your premises, you'd better hold their hands - all three of them - or check the color of their eyes - all three of them. The gentleman in question might try to pull you into... the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Ross: John Hoyt
•   Haley: Barney Phillips
•   Avery: Jack Elam
•   Olmstead: Bill Kendis
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 05, 2013, 09:27:59 PM
Boy, my name is all over the place. Cool. But uh, Real Martian wasn't my #1, it was my #10. My #1 was....

12.  The After Hours- 6/10/60
(60 points, 4 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 George Harrison and Johnny Unusual)

Dig this ep, of course. And I dig Marcia (who was always being told to "Step off it" -- step off what, exactly?)

It didn't hurt that Marcia, Marcia, Marcia was played by the lovely Anne Francis (who was also lovely in the film Forbidden Planet and the TV series Honey West).

(http://mightyjackmst.com/TZfrancis.jpg)

Living Doll is another creepy one that I adore. I do seem to like inanimate objects that come to life.


15.     Two- 9/15/61
(44 points, 4 lists of 8, highest ranking: #9 George Harrison)

So happily surprised this made it, and made it this high.

This was my late edition to the list. It's not scary or twisty; it's simply a smartly told, sharply acted love story. Set in a post apocalyptic future, it gives us one man (Charles Bronson) and a woman (Elizabeth Montgomery) from opposing sides of the war and places them in this burned out town. What I like about the script is that doesn't spell it all out. That kind of restraint is rare in TZ eps and welcome here. We don't know what started the war, what has really happened with the two sides, we just watch these former enemies slowly connect. Both actors are wonderful; Bronson does most of the heavy lifting, but Montgomery (who only speaks one word, in Russian) delivers the payoff. I loved it when she shows up in the pretty dress Bronson gave her, but is still draped in gun belts and weapons (and a quick lift of the dress reveals her combat boots as well). And then she offers a smile that is achingly beautiful and hopeful. That smile sealed the deal for me and earned this episode a spot in my top 10.

Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 03:56:42 AM
Boy, my name is all over the place. Cool. But uh, Real Martian wasn't my #1, it was my #10. My #1 was....

Thanks, fixed now.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 06, 2013, 04:01:37 AM
The After Hours is one of the all time creepiest half hours on TV.  Maybe it lost creepy points due to the happy (?) ending, but it is VERY unnerving.

I've never actually watched Eye of the Beholder, Living Doll and the Hitch-Hiker, though if I had I'm sure they would have made my list.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 06:37:54 AM
17.     The Hitch-Hiker- 1/22/60
(41 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not what it seems
Creepiness Factor: 11  out of 10


I have no real opinions on this one one way or the other, but my wife found it unutterably creepy and won't watch the show with me anymore because of it.  I keep telling her they're not all spooky, but....


I found it really interesting that it was on my and Tyrant's list but none of the guys. I always assumed it creeped me out so much because I'm the type that loves to take road trips by myself and it plays into that fear always in the back of my mind that something bad could happen when I'm alone in unfamilar territory. I have a GPS that thinks it's fun to take me into bad neighborhoods so that doesn't help. Maybe that could be a new episode!
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 07:43:50 PM
10.  Time Enough At Last- 11/20/59 
(70 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #6 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: The grass isn’t always greener
Creepiness Factor: 2 out of 10

"Witness Mr. Henry Bemis, a charter member in the fraternity of dreamers. A bookish little man whose passion is the printed page but who is conspired against by a bank president and a wife and a world full of tongue-cluckers and the unrelenting hands of a clock. But in just a moment Mr. Bemis will enter a world without bank presidents or wives or clocks or anything else. He'll have a world all to himself - without anyone."

Bank teller Henry Bemis loves to read. He sneaks into the vault at lunchtime to read and is knocked unconscious by a shockwave. When he wakes up, he discovers a nuclear war has destroyed the Earth. He decides to commit suicide until he sees a library. This is paradise to him, and he begins to organize books to read for years to come. Just as he settles down to read his glasses slip from his face and smash, forever trapping him in a blurry world.

"The best-laid plans of mice and men - and Henry Bemis, the small man in the glasses who wanted nothing but time. Henry Bemis, now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself. Mr. Bemis... in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Henry Bemis: Burgess Meredith
•   Mr. Carsville: Vaughn Taylor
•   Helen Bemis: Jacqueline deWit
•   Woman in bank: Lela Bliss
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 07:44:30 PM
9.  It's a Good Life- 11/3/61
(73 points, 6 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Johnny Unusual)

Twilight Zone Theme: Creepy kids
Creepiness Factor: 9 out of 10

"Tonight's story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a map of the United States, and there's a little town there called Peaksville. On a given morning not too long ago, the rest of the world disappeared and Peaksville was left all alone. Its inhabitants were never sure whether the world was destroyed and only Peaksville left untouched or whether the village had somehow been taken away. They were, on the other hand, sure of one thing: the cause. A monster had arrived in the village. Just by using his mind, he took away the automobiles, the electricity, the machines - because they displeased him - and he moved an entire community back into the dark ages - just by using his mind. Now I'd like to introduce you to some of the people in Peaksville, Ohio. This is Mr. Fremont. It's in his farmhouse that the monster resides. This is Mrs. Fremont. And this is Aunt Amy, who probably had more control over the monster in the beginning than almost anyone. But one day she forgot; she began to sing aloud. Now, the monster doesn't like singing, so his mind snapped at her, turned her into the smiling, vacant thing you're looking at now. She sings no more. And you'll note that the people in Peaksville, Ohio, have to smile; they have to think happy thoughts and say happy things because, once displeased, the monster can wish them into a cornfield or change them into a grotesque, walking horror. This particular monster can read minds, you see. He knows every thought, he can feel every emotion. Oh yes, I did forget something, didn't I? I forgot to introduce you to the monster. This is the monster. His name is Anthony Fremont. He's six years old, with a cute little-boy face and blue, guileless eyes. But when those eyes look at you, you'd better start thinking happy thoughts, because the mind behind them is absolutely in charge. This is the Twilight Zone."

Dan Hollis receives a Perry Como record during a surprise party at the Fremont house. Unable to play it in front of Anthony, he begins to drink heavily. Suddenly he bursts into song. Hollis pleads with the other adults to kill Anthony while he's distracted. None of them move to help, and Anthony turns Dan into a giant jack-in-the-box, and sends him to the cornfield. Anthony then makes it snow outside, which will kill off half of their crops. His father, half-hysterically, tells him it's good that he made it snow.

"No comment here, no comment at all. We only wanted to introduce you to one of our very special citizens, little Anthony Fremont, who lives in a place called Peaksville in a place that used to be Ohio. And if by some strange chance you should run across him, you had best think only good thoughts. Anything less than that is handled at your own risk, because if you do meet Anthony you can be sure of one thing: you have entered the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Anthony Fremont: Billy Mumy
•   Mr. Fremont: John Larch
•   Mrs. Fremont: Cloris Leachman
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 07:45:02 PM
8.  The Howling Man- 11/4/60
(78 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: People doing the opposite of what is obviously smart
Creepiness Factor: 5 out of 10

"The prostrate form of Mr. David Ellington, scholar, seeker of truth and, regrettably, finder of truth. A man who will shortly arise from his exhaustion to confront a problem that has tormented mankind since the beginning of time. A man who knocked on a door seeking sanctuary and found instead the outer edges of the Twilight Zone."

David Ellington is on a walking trip of Europe following WWI when he gets caught in a storm. He finds a remote hermitage, but is turned away. After he passes out, the monks are forced to take him in. After reviving, he hears a howling that the brothers say they do not hear. Following the sound, he comes upon a cell with an old man locked inside. The old man says he is being held captive by Brother Jerome, who is insane. After confronting Brother Jerome, he confesses that he is holding the old man prisoner, but the old man is actually the Devil! Ellington promises to keep this secret, but as soon as he gets a chance, he returns to the cell and releases the old man - who proceeds to transform into the devil and disappears. Shortly after, WWII breaks out. Ellington devotes his life to recapturing the Devil. He finally does recapture the Devil. As he prepares to leave to make arrangements to ship him back to the hermitage, he tells his housekeeper to pay no mind to the howling. But, as soon as he leaves, she lifts the bar on the door, and the door swings open.

"Ancient folk saying: 'You can catch the Devil, but you can't hold him long.' Ask Brother Jerome. Ask David Ellington. They know, and they'll go on knowing to the end of their days and beyond - in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   David Ellington: H.M. Wynant
•   Brother Jerome: John Carradine
•   The Howling Man: Robin Hughes
•   Brother Christophorus: Frederic Ledebur
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 07:45:29 PM
7.  The Invaders- 1/27/61
(83 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #3 George Harrison)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not as it seems
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"This is one of the out-of-the-way places, the unvisited places, bleak, wasted, dying. This is a farmhouse, handmade, crude, a house without electricity or gas, a house untouched by progress. This is the woman who lives in the house, a woman who's been alone for many years, a strong, simple woman whose only problem up until this moment has been that of acquiring enough food to eat, a woman about to face terror which is even now coming at her from... the Twilight Zone."

The woman goes up to her roof to investigate a noise, and finds a flying saucer with two tiny, robot-like creatures emerging from it. The creatures torment the woman, until finally she grabs and batters one of the creatures into lifelessness. With an ax she destroys the saucer. Before the final creature is killed he sends a message to his home planet not to send any more ships to this planet. The lettering on the side of the saucer reads "U.S. Air Force."

"These are the invaders, the tiny beings from the tiny place called Earth, who would take the giant step across the sky to the question marks that sparkle and beckon from the vastness of the universe only to be imagined. The invaders, who found out that a one-way ticket to the stars beyond has the ultimate price tag. And we have just seen it entered in a ledger that covers all the transactions of the universe, a bill stamped 'paid in full,' and to be found... in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Woman: Agnes Moorehead
•   Voice of Astronaut: Douglas Heyes
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 07:46:05 PM
6.  Nightmare at 20,000 Feet- 10/11/63
(89 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: People going insane
Creepiness Factor: 8 out of 10

"Portrait of a frightened man: Mr. Robert Wilson, thirty-seven, husband, father, and salesman on sick leave. Mr. Wilson has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner very much like the one in which Mr. Wilson is about to be flown home - the difference being that, on that evening half a year ago, Mr. Wilson's flight was terminated by the onslaught of his mental breakdown. Tonight, he's travelling all the way to his appointed destination which, contrary to Mr. Wilson's plans, happens to be in the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone."

Mr. Wilson sees a creature on the wing of his airplane, but no one believes him. Seeing that the creature is about to destroy the engine, he takes a sleeping policeman's gun, opens a hatch, and empties the gun into the creature. It is hit and gets swept off the wing. Mr. Wilson is taken off the plane in a straitjacket, convinced that he saved the plane.

"The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer, though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer, for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Bob Wilson: William Shatner
•   Ruth Wilson: Christine White
•   Gremlin: Nick Cravat
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 06, 2013, 07:47:48 PM
I'm calling it now: Nightmare at 20,000 is #1.

Also: I LOVE The Howling Man.  For a while it was annual Halloween viewing for me; I need to bring that back.

Sorry, you posted too soon :)

I will say that the #5 and #3 spot are a little shocking to me. You can blame Tyrant though. Until her list came in, the top five were exactly what I expected.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 06, 2013, 09:16:21 PM
17.     The Hitch-Hiker- 1/22/60
(41 points, 2 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Sicgirl)

Twilight Zone Theme: The world is not what it seems
Creepiness Factor: 11  out of 10


I have no real opinions on this one one way or the other, but my wife found it unutterably creepy and won't watch the show with me anymore because of it.  I keep telling her they're not all spooky, but....


I found it really interesting that it was on my and Tyrant's list but none of the guys. I always assumed it creeped me out so much because I'm the type that loves to take road trips by myself and it plays into that fear always in the back of my mind that something bad could happen when I'm alone in unfamilar territory. I have a GPS that thinks it's fun to take me into bad neighborhoods so that doesn't help. Maybe that could be a new episode!

It was on my honorable mentions. I like it but have a bit of a problem with the narration. It over explained the obvious for me. I'd have rather it just allowed the actress to convey her concern through body language and expression, without the aid of voice over. But again, I had the same problem with "To Serve Man" so maybe I just hate narrators.  ;)

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I didn't know Heyes was the voice of the Astronaut in Invaders. Interesting, he directed some of my favorite eps (After Hours, Invaders, Eye of the Beholder, Howling Man)... as well as the MSTed Kitten With a Whip

As for #1 -
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 06, 2013, 10:16:02 PM
Oh and one thing about it's a Good Life. It's pretty chilling and it ranked high on my list. But I always wondered why anyone would hate electricity. What, did he pull a Booji Boy and stick a fork in the toaster one day? And singing, why singing... especially when he's okay with annoying piano playing? Seems like the kids got some weird dislikes.

Hmm, I wonder if the story was set today, would he hate microwavable Croissants too? ;)
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Pak-Man on March 07, 2013, 03:55:01 AM
Unrelated to the entries so far (And I kinda doubt it's Top 5 material) I just looked up and verified a fact I've always suspected:

That was voice acting queen, June Foray, overdubbing Sport's lines in "The Bewitchin' Pool" due to some production problems.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 07, 2013, 04:26:07 AM
9.  It's a Good Life- 11/3/61
(73 points, 6 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Johnny Unusual)
An amazing episode.  No twist really, just a presentation of a world under the thumb of a small child.  I don't believe in "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child", but discipline is important, so what happens if a child essentially becomes god and never has to answer to anyone.

My favourite line: "OK, you be dead now." to the two-headed otter thing he just made.

6.  Nightmare at 20,000 Feet- 10/11/63
(89 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Compound)
It's been parodied about a million times, but it really is a good story.  I was actually first introduced to it and It's a Good Life in the TZ movie as a boy.  Man, those two were scary (and better than the first too stories, though I love that opening with Brooks and Akroyd).
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 07, 2013, 04:37:41 AM
Unrelated to the entries so far (And I kinda doubt it's Top 5 material) I just looked up and verified a fact I've always suspected:

That was voice acting queen, June Foray, overdubbing Sport's lines in "The Bewitchin' Pool" due to some production problems.

Yeah I always thought that kind of sucked for Mary Badham. Poor Scout from "To Kill a Mockingbird", sounding like a cartoon squirrel..
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 07, 2013, 05:00:36 AM


6.  Nightmare at 20,000 Feet- 10/11/63
(89 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Compound)
It's been parodied about a million times, but it really is a good story.  I was actually first introduced to it and It's a Good Life in the TZ movie as a boy.  Man, those two were scary (and better than the first too stories, though I love that opening with Brooks and Akroyd).

Best quality of this video I could find.
http://www.youtube.com/v/_OF2uOy5r5k?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 07, 2013, 07:42:04 PM
That raises the question:
Which episode has had the better parody: It's a Good Life or Terror at 20,000 Feet?
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Compound on March 07, 2013, 07:47:50 PM
Oh and one thing about it's a Good Life. It's pretty chilling and it ranked high on my list. But I always wondered why anyone would hate electricity. What, did he pull a Booji Boy and stick a fork in the toaster one day? And singing, why singing... especially when he's okay with annoying piano playing? Seems like the kids got some weird dislikes.

Hmm, I wonder if the story was set today, would he hate microwavable Croissants too? ;)

I think it's less of a "didn't like" and more of a "didn't know." If Anthony grabbed, say, everything in a five mile radius of the house when he took them elsewhere, it's unlikely that there would be a power generator in that radius. Without a power plant, no power. And even with a generator, there'd be no new sources of fuel in the area so it'd be temporary at best. So the TV only works when he wills it to work. If I recall the episode, the adults were discussing how rare certain items were becoming because of the situation, but it was a good thing they were running out of coffee and alcohol.

The most recent TZ series did a sequel to this episode, BTW.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 07, 2013, 08:02:37 PM
They did,  was the daughter played by Mumy's own daughter, or am I remembering that wrong.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 07, 2013, 08:20:21 PM
The other thing is that outlawing singing... in North Korea laughter is illegal (or at least based on the experiences of Guy Delisle) and they only play the government's music on the radio (much like how only Anthony "makes TV" or decides what music gets played.  I mean, kids have a pretty fucked up way how to do things (and yes, I mean that the leaders of North Korea were all grown infants).  But the other thing is that despite being almost all powerful, Anthony does have some weaknesses and I bet music can block out some thoughts that Anthony wants to read, if that little monster has any practical reasons for his cruelty.

In a way though, I do pity Anthony.  Either he's never going to grow or he is and will realize how awful he is... if he's not a sociopath (at that age it's hard to tell).
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 07, 2013, 09:03:25 PM
5.  The Obsolete Man- 6/2/61
(90 points, 5 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Tyrant and Imrahil)

Twilight Zone Theme: The future kinda sucks
Creepiness Factor: 6 out of 10

"You walk into this room at your own risk, because it leads to the future, not a future that will be but one that might be. This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements , technological advancements, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the superstates that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace... This is Romney Wordsworth, in his last forty-eight hours on Earth. He's a citizen of the State but will soon have to be eliminated, because he's built out of flesh and because he has a mind. Mr. Romney Wordsworth, who will draw his last breaths in the Twilight Zone."

In a future society, all books and religion have been banned. Romney Wordsworth is a God-fearing librarian who has been judged obsolete by a chancellor of the State. He is granted three requests: only his assassin will know his method of death, that he die at midnight the next day, and that he have an audience. Forty-five minutes before his scheduled death, he invites the Chancellor to his room. He then informs the Chancellor that he has chosen to be killed by a bomb set to explode at midnight, he then locks the Chancellor in his room. A TV camera is broadcasting all that happens - and Wordsworth will prove who's will is stronger, his or the State's. The Chancellor is calm at first, but as the minutes tick by he begins to panic. He finally cries out, "In the name of God, let me out!" Wordsworth hands him the key, and the Chancellor runs from the room just as it explodes. When the Chancellor returns to his court, he finds he has been judged obsolete and replaced. Loyal members of the State surround him and tear him to pieces.

"The Chancellor - the late Chancellor - was only partly correct. He was obsolete. But so was the State, the entity he worshipped. Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete. A case to be filed under 'M' for mankind... in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Romney Wordsworth: Burgess Meredith
•   Chancellor: Fritz Weaver
•   Subaltern: Joseph Elic
•   Guard: Harry Fleer
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 07, 2013, 09:03:54 PM
4.  Nick of Time- 11/18/60
(90 points, 6 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Pak)

Twilight Zone Theme: Magical objects
Creepiness Factor: 9 out of 10

"The hand belongs to Mr. Don S. Carter, male member of a honeymoon team en route across the Ohio countryside to New York City. In one moment, they will be subjected to a gift most humans never receive in a lifetime. For one penny, they will be able to look into the future. The time is now, the place is a little diner in Ridgeview, Ohio, and what this young couple doesn't realize is that this town happens to lie on the outskirts of the Twilight Zone."

While waiting for their car to be repaired, Don and Pat grab a quick meal at a local diner. A table top fortune-telling machine catches Don's eye. Although the answers are extremely general, Don soon believes the machine has accurately predicted two events - his promotion, and a near-accident he and Pat have while crossing the street. Don panics and begins feeding pennies into the machine. Pat convinces him that they must make their own future, without the machine. Don comes to his senses, and the couple leaves. Soon after they leave, another couple hurry into the diner and begin putting pennies in the machine. They ask when they might be allowed to leave town.

"Counterbalance in the little town of Ridgeview, Ohio. Two people permanently enslaved by the tyranny of fear and superstition, facing the future with a kind of helpless dread. Two others facing the future with confidence - having escaped one of the darker places in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Don Carter: William Shatner
•   Pat Carter: Patricia Breslin
•   Counter Man: Guy Wilkerson
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 07, 2013, 09:04:20 PM
3.  The Midnight Sun- 11/17/61
(99 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #4 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: End of the world
Creepiness Factor: 10 out of 10

"The word that Mrs. Bronson is unable to put into the hot, still, sodden air is 'doomed,' because the people you've just seen have been handed a death sentence. One month ago, the Earth suddenly changed its elliptical orbit and in doing so began to follow a path which gradually, moment by moment, day by day, took it closer to the sun. And all of man's little devices to stir up the air are now no longer luxuries - they happen to be pitiful and panicky keys to survival. The time is five minutes to twelve, midnight. There is no more darkness. the place is New York City and this is the eve of the end, because even at midnight it's high noon, the hottest day in history, and you're about to spend it in the Twilight Zone."

Norma and Mrs. Bronson remain in their apartments, even after most people have left town. A man breaks into Norma's apartment and drinks the last of her water. He then apologizes and leaves. Later, as the temperature increases, Mrs. Bronson dies. The paintings melt and a thermometer bursts. Norma screams and collapses. When she awakens it's dark and snowing. She was just dreaming - The Earth is actually heading away from the sun.

"The poles of fear, the extremes of how the Earth might conceivably be doomed. Minor exercise in the care and feeding of a nightmare, respectfully submitted by all thermometer-watchers in the Twilight Zone."

Cast:
•   Norma: Lois Nettleton
•   Mrs. Bronson: Betty Garde
•   Intruder: Tom Reese
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 07, 2013, 09:04:47 PM
2.  The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street- 3/4/60
(108 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Pak)

Twilight Zone Theme: Aliens toying with us
Creepiness Factor: 9 out of 10

"Maple Street, U.S.A. Late summer. A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice-cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43pm on Maple Street. [Narration interrupted by the effects described above, as well as character action and dialogue.] This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street, in the last calm and reflective moment before the monsters came."

After what is believed to be a meteor flies overhead, Maple Street experiences a total power failure. Pete Van Horn leaves to find what is going on. Tommy, a reader of sci-fi, says human- looking aliens have infiltrated Maple Street. No one takes this seriously until Mr. Goodman's car cranks for a few seconds. Suspicion falls on him, made stronger by a neighbor's memory of seeing him looking up at the stars at night. Everyone begins to panic as the evening approaches. When a mysterious figure walks towards them in the dark, Charlie Farnsworth takes a neighbor's rifle and fires. The mysterious figure turns out to be the returning Pete Van Horn. Charlie is then accused of being the alien, then Tommy, then total madness breaks out. As various house lights flash on and off, rioting breaks out. Two nearby aliens watch these events. One tells the other that by manipulating electricity, it is easy to turn neighbor against neighbor. Maple Street is only the beginning.

"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices - to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own - for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone."


Cast:
•   Steve Brand: Claude Akins
•   Charlie: Jack Weston
•   Mr. Goodman: Barry Atwater
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 07, 2013, 09:05:26 PM
1.  To Serve Man- 3/2/62
(143 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: Aliens toying with us
Creepiness Factor: 10 out of 10

"Respectfully submitted for your approval - a Kanamit. Height: a little over nine feet. Weight: in the neighborhood of three hundred and fifty pounds. Origin: unknown. Motives? Therein hangs the tale, for in just a moment we're going to ask you to shake hands, figuratively, with a Christopher Columbus from another galaxy and another time. This is the Twilight Zone."

The Kanamits arrive on Earth, and immediately start helping man. They appear totally trustworthy and full of goodwill. This idea is backed up when they leave a book titled "To Serve Man" at the U.N. Michael Chambers, a decoding expert, along with thousands of other people book passage to the Kanamit's home panet. Meanwhile, Michael's assistant Pat is trying to decode the book left by the Kanamits. As Michael is boarding the Kanamit spacecraft, Pat runs up and tells Michael she has finished translating the book - it's a cookbook! Michael tries to escape, but is forced back inside by a Kanamit, and the craft leaves.

"The recollections of one Michael Chambers, with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of a man, the cycle of going from dust to dessert, the metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone's soup. It's tonight's bill of fare on the Twilight Zone."


Cast:
•   Chambers: Lloyd Bochner
•   Kanamit: Richard Kiel
•   Voice of Kanamit: Joseph Ruskin
•   Pat: Susan Cummings
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 07, 2013, 09:19:07 PM
4.  Nick of Time- 11/18/60
(90 points, 6 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Pak)


This is a pretty amazing episode that no one really talks about.  Maybe because it's not so out there and really could be an insane series of coincidences.  I love the twist at the end, but I think the story even works without it.  A great story of learning to live without superstition... even if it might be true.  It was also cool because this is one of those great episodes I saw without knowing the twist.  Some of Shatner's best work.

3.  The Midnight Sun- 11/17/61
(99 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #4 Tyrant)

Twilight Zone Theme: End of the world
Creepiness Factor: 10 out of 10


I don't think it was that creepy, but really, really good.

2.  The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street- 3/4/60
(108 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #2 Pak)

This is the best episode to point to in regards to what the show is all about.  Humanist but in a way that also points to the more insidious parts of humanity.  Political but not specific to anything in the real world (which is part of the reason it is so much better than "the Shelter").  A great twist and a sense of weirdness and dread, like the world's gone mad.

1.  To Serve Man- 3/2/62
(143 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Compound)

Eh... saw it for the first time recently.  It made my list, but I only thought it was good.  Of course, maybe if I didn't know the ending the utopia build up would have more of an impact.  Really the twist feels more like a punchline.  Not a bad thing, but not mind blowing.  Still, I don't mind it being in the top 10.  I don't think it should have one, but I kind of know why... It's one of the ones everyone remembers and it certainly is memorable.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 07, 2013, 09:31:45 PM
1.  To Serve Man- 3/2/62
(143 points, 7 lists of 8, highest ranking: #1 Compound)

Twilight Zone Theme: Aliens toying with us
Creepiness Factor: 10 out of 10

Hell of a punchline, but I wasn't as impressed with the setup. I didn't care for the way they opened the show at the end and told the tale via narration. Speaking for myself, I would have rather had it played out straight... let it unfold and build without prior knowledge that the aliens are up to no good. I know this being the TZ that something will happen, but I'd rather have waited to see if it was the humans or the aliens who caused the twist.

So, not my favorite ep at #1 -- but still had a lot of fun reading the thread each day and watching this wonderful series. Thanks sicgirl for hosting


Oh and one thing about it's a Good Life. It's pretty chilling and it ranked high on my list. But I always wondered why anyone would hate electricity. What, did he pull a Booji Boy and stick a fork in the toaster one day? And singing, why singing... especially when he's okay with annoying piano playing? Seems like the kids got some weird dislikes.

Hmm, I wonder if the story was set today, would he hate microwavable Croissants too? ;)

I think it's less of a "didn't like" and more of a "didn't know."

No, Rod clearly says that he got rid of the electricity and the automobiles and other machines, because they displeased him. It wasn't that he didn't know, but that they upset him for some reason.

Besides, I was having a bit of laugh when I wrote that. I wasn't really looking for an analysis.  ;) 
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 07, 2013, 10:27:10 PM
BTW, great job sicgirl.  I might have gotten discouraged with so few lists but this turned out to be a great list nonetheless and you did a great job.  Was this your first time?  You should host more often.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 08, 2013, 12:22:35 AM
3 in the top 20 I don't think I've seen, so I'll have to check them out soon.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 08, 2013, 01:16:41 AM
Well, might as well post my list. Since most of my 25 made it, I'll just highlight the ones that didn't.

The Twilight Zone 25 – Original series only ()=season
1.   The After Hours (1)
2.   Living Doll (5)
3.   The Invaders (2)
4.   A Stop at Willoughby (1)
5.   It's A Good Life (3)
6.   Eye of the Beholder (2)
7.   Time Enough At Last (1)
8.   The Midnight Sun (3)
9.   Two (3)
10.   Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up (2)
11.   Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (5)
12.   Little Girl Lost (3)
13.   Mirror Image (1)
14.   Number 12 Looks Just Like You (5)
15.   Person or Persons Unknown (3) – There are similar themed eps, but I liked this version best. Actor Richard Long did nice work in this one playing a guy who wakes up to find his identity erased from existence.
16.   Five Characters in Search of an Exit (3)
17.   The Rip Van Winkle Caper (2) – Gold fever strikes a group of thieves who have been in suspended animation for 100 years. Another well acted piece.
18.   The Dummy (3) – Cliff Robertson did a great job in this creepy episode about a dummy come to life.
19.   Night Call (5) – Old lady receives eerie phone calls. This was a sharply executed piece from the director of "Cat People" and "Out of the Past".  Story by the great Richard Matheson. Very tense and chilling. I loved the scene when they visit the graveyard.
20.   The Lonely (1)
21.   The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street (1)
22.   Nick of Time (2)
23.   Nothing in the Dark (3)
24.   Stopover in a Quiet Town (5)
25.   The Howling Man (2)

Season Breakdowns
Season 1= 6 episodes
Season 2= 6 episodes
Season 3= 8 episodes
Season 4= 0 episodes
Season 5= 5 episodes

A few episodes I liked that didn't make the LOC or just missed my top 25...
Nightmare as a Child (I wish I could have gotten this on my 25)
On Thursday We Leave For Home
A Hundred Yards Over the Rim
Shadow Play
Printer's Devil
Walking Distance
Long Live Walter Jameson
The Long Morrow
I Shot an Arrow Into the Air
When The Sky Opened
The Odyssey of Flight 33
Third From the Sun
The Valley of the Shadow
Miniature
Jess-Belle
The Silence
The Trade-Ins


Once again, thanks for hosting sicgirl. I had a blast with this.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 08, 2013, 01:44:17 AM
1. The After Hours
2. It's a Good Life
3. The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
4. Nick of Time
5. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
6. Button, Button
7. Four O'Clock - It's pretty ludicrous and the twist is sort of obvious, but it really does work.  I love how the main character doesn't realize the twist nor what has happened to him.  Just like real life.
8. The Midnight Sun
9. The Little People
10. Where is Everybody?
11. Death's Head Revisited
12. To Serve Man
13. To See the Invisible Man
14. The Grave
15. The Shelter - Did this one make it?  I forgot.
16. Two - This might have made it higher if it was fresher in my mind
17. A Most Unusual Camera - This has the best worst ending of any episode.
18. The Gift - Eh... as far as Christ analogies go, it's alright.
19. The Jungle - from her on in, I only kind of remember the episodes
20. Escape Clause
21. Examination Day
22. Wish Bank
23. In His Image
24. A Penny For Your Thoughts
25. The Mind and the Matter

BTW, there are a lot of classics I haven't seen if you are noting any glaring omissions.  TZ doesn't air much in Canada in the last 20 years or so.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Darth Geek on March 08, 2013, 06:30:38 AM
I'm surprised Printer's Devil didn't make it onto the list. Burgess Meredith was great as The Devil.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 08, 2013, 06:52:21 AM
My list:

1.   The Encounter - (The Twilight Zone)
2.   A World of His Own - (The Twilight Zone)
3.   Mr. Garrity and the Graves - (The Twilight Zone)
4.   Where Is Everybody? - (The Twilight Zone)
5.   Queen of the Nile - (The Twilight Zone)
6.   An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - (The Twilight Zone)
7.   The Eye of the Beholder - (The Twilight Zone)
8.   Time Enough at Last - (The Twilight Zone)
9.   A Small Talent for War - (The New Twilight Zone)
10.   To Serve Man - (The Twilight Zone)
11.   Hocus-Pocus and Frisby - (The Twilight Zone)
12.   The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
13.   The Howling Man - (The Twilight Zone)
14.   Nightmare at 20,000 Feet - (The Twilight Zone)
15.   Of Late I Think of Cliffordville - (The Twilight Zone)
16.   The Obsolete Man - (The Twilight Zone)
17.   The Shadow Man - (The New Twilight Zone)
18.   Kick the Can - (The Twilight Zone)
19.   Passage on the Lady Anne - (The Twilight Zone)
20.   The Brain Center at Whipple's - (The Twilight Zone)
21.   The Last Flight - (The Twilight Zone)
22.   Steel - (The Twilight Zone)
23.   The Arrival - (The Twilight Zone)
24.   Deaths-Head Revisited - (The Twilight Zone)
25.   Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine - (2002 Twilight Zone)


I really should have had It Is Still A Good Life. on reflection but I like Azoth. :)

Did I highlight all of the ones from the countdown?
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: jasimon1 on March 08, 2013, 07:29:15 AM
BTW, great job sicgirl.  I might have gotten discouraged with so few lists but this turned out to be a great list nonetheless and you did a great job.  Was this your first time?  You should host more often.

Aww, thank you! Yes, it was my first time. It was really fun seeing the lists come in, wish we had had more.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Pak-Man on March 08, 2013, 08:48:48 AM
Nicely run, Sicgirl!

My list:

1. Nick of Time
2. The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
3. Mr. Bevis
4. I Sing the Body Electric
5. To Serve Man
6. The Masks

7. Mr. Dingle the Strong
8. The Midnight Sun
9. The Howling Man
10. Night of the Meek
11. Living Doll
12. Five Characters in Search of an Exit
13. The Obsolete Man
14. Kick the Can
15. The Invaders

16. Mr. Garrity And The Graves
17. A Stop at Willoughby
18. A Kind of Stopwatch
19. Time Enough at Last
20. The Changing of the Guard

21. A Game of Pool
22. The Hunt
23. The Dummy
24. The Lonely
25. A Most Unusual Camera
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Tripe on March 08, 2013, 09:26:30 AM
Yep fantastic work. :)
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Compound on March 08, 2013, 04:12:29 PM
My list, BTW:

1   To Serve Man
2   Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
3   Profile in Silver
4   Will the Real Martians Please Stand Up?
5   A Penny for Your Thoughts
6   Time Enough At Last
7   Wordplay
8   To  See the Invisible Man
9   The Obsolete Man

10   Back There
11   The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street
12   Nick of Time

13   The 7th is Made of Phantoms
14   Shadow Play
15   A Passage for Trumpet
16   Chameleon
17   The Passersby
18   The Midnight Sun
19   Extra Innings
20   The Silence
21   Ye Gods
22   A Small Talent for War
23   A Kind of Stopwatch
24   It's a Good Life
25   Button, Button

I ended up with a good number more episodes from the 80s reboot than I expected. I guess they stuck with me more than I thought. (Even the one with Marc Singer as a washed up baseball player.)

I will speak of the one of my top 10 that didn't make the list: Back There.
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

It's a nice set piece when watched with "Profile in Silver."
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 08, 2013, 04:23:26 PM
BTW with a new TZ series in the works, who do you think would do some good writer for the show, aside from adapting Richard Matheson works.  I bet Paul Dini would be good at it.  Also, PLEASE LET THE NEW TZ BE HALF HOUR EPISODES!  It really should be short and punchy.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on March 08, 2013, 06:14:18 PM
Just watched several of the episodes from the list I thought I had never seen, turns out I had seen some of them.  But not The Obsolete Man and The Grave.  The Grave was awesome, The Obsolete Man was pretty good, not great.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: MightyJack on March 08, 2013, 11:01:43 PM
^Obsolete Man is a structurally odd one to me. And while I understand that when TZ had a message, it hit that message hard -- I felt like I was getting a lecture rather than watching a short film with that one. I liked it, but yeah, not my favorite Zone.

Saying that, the only one on the top 50 I flat out didn't care for -with due respect to those who voted for it- was I Sing The Body Electric.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 08, 2013, 11:12:32 PM
Yeah, I was surprised it made it.  I thought it had a reputation for not-goodness.  Rebuttal, Pak?
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 09, 2013, 07:59:23 AM
No, no I meant I Sing the Body Electric.  That's the one I heard wasn't so good.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 09, 2013, 08:27:42 AM
No, no I meant I Sing the Body Electric.  That's the one I heard wasn't so good.
It was the first episode I ever saw, since I was on a Ray Bradbury kick at the time. Didn't like it the first time, but just watched it again now that I'm going through the whole series and did enjoy it a bit. Wouldn't have made my list, but not terrible.
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Pak-Man on March 09, 2013, 02:45:25 PM
I was introduced to "I Sing the Body Electric" as a youth via the movie "The Electric Grandmother" which either had the same source material or was blatant plagerism. I loved the movie when I was 10, and some of that spilled over into "I Sing the Body Electric" when I saw it. I'll admit it isn't the snappiest or most profound TZ, but it's a neat story and a personal favorite. :^)
Title: Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on March 12, 2013, 03:07:23 PM
One of my faves didn't make it

"The Last Rites of Jeff Mrytlebank"

Check it ou