The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 1 Episode 9 – Perchance to Dream

I hadn’t seen this one in a very long time.  A man named Edward Hall goes to a psychiatrist to get help.  He has a bad heart and cannot be exposed to excessive stress.  Hall is having dreams in which a woman named Maya is trying to scare him to death.  So, he is taking stimulants to keep from sleeping but the lack of sleep will also eventually kill him.

He arrives at the psychiatrist’s office and lays down on the doctor’s couch for just a moment and then goes on to tell him this story.  He and the doctor discuss his problem and Hall tells him the details of the dreams he is having but doesn’t believe there is a solution.  As he goes to leave the office, he notices that the doctor’s secretary looks like Maya.  Hall then crashes through the glass of the office window and plummets many floors to the street below screaming as he goes.

The scene changes back to the doctor’s office where Hall is apparently sleeping on the couch and the doctor is calling his secretary in.  He tells her that Hall fell asleep and then almost immediately screamed and died.  She replies, “he must have had a heart attack.”  The doctor replies that it probably was an easy death.  So, the whole episode we watched took place in the few seconds after Hall fell asleep.

I don’t know, it’s an interesting concept but the implementation is kinda so-so.  The twist ending is unexpected but I just didn’t seem to care all that much about Hall and his dilemma.  Dream, reality which is which?  Blah, blah.  C+

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War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

Sort of like; “I see dead people”.

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

No, I was commenting that Hollywood has stolen from Serling in almost every way imaginable. The Sixth Sense was blatant robbery from Serling’s Perchance to Dream. There is little left of creativity in Hollywood today. Rehashing comic books, while it makes for fun movies, is not generating new art. Even in its heyday, Hollywood stole from Akira Kurosawa. Now they are making remakes of the remakes. There was no reason to remake Mary Poppins and the box office reflected that. You may as well try to remake The Sound of Music. Or True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges (the so-not-John-Wayne), another… Read more »

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

PS: At least there is no way they can remake Blazing Saddles in the current social environment.