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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #15 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.

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #16 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).


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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #17 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.

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #18 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.

« Last Edit: March 01, 2013, 10:12:47 PM by Johnny Unusual »


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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #19 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."

•   James B.W. Bevis: Orson Bean
•   J. Hardy Hempstead: Henry Jones
•   Mr. Peckinpaugh: Charles Lane
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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #20 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."

•   Hector B. Poole: Dick York- Darren on Bewitched
•   Miss Turner: June Dayton
•   Mr. Bagby: Dan Tobin
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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #21 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."

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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #22 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."

•   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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #23 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.


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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #24 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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #25 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."

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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #26 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."

•   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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #27 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."

•   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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #28 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."

•   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

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Re: LOC 68: Top 50 Twilight Zone Episodes
« Reply #29 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."

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

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