The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 1 Episode 21 – Mirror Image

Vera Miles is Millicent Barnes a young woman waiting in a bus station.  Her bus is late but when she goes up to the dispatcher to ask when the bus would arrive he criticizes her for repeatedly bothering him about the bus.  Additionally, her suitcase keeps moving back and forth from her possession to the checked in area.  Then she catches sight of herself across the room in a mirror and has a minor breakdown.

A young man named Paul tries to calm her down and agrees to keep her company on her trip but when she looks into the bus, she sees herself sitting on the bus.  She faints and Paul carries her back to the bench.  When she comes to, she tells Paul that she thinks that she has a doppelganger that has crossed over from a parallel dimension and is trying to replace her.  He tries to convince her that there must have been some reasonable explanation for what she saw but she is convinced of her explanation.  Paul calls the police and tells them there is a woman who is having delusions.  He steers her outside and the police pick her up.

But pretty soon Paul sees a man who looks and is dressed just like him.  He chases the doppelganger and we are told that the alternate universe is out there somewhere waiting to displace us.

So this is another episode with people yelling hysterically.  For me that’s a bad sign.  It must be the cold war hysteria thing that made these things popular.  But I didn’t buy into it.  C+

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Greg Tyson
Greg Tyson
1 year ago

Obviously our mileage differs but I love the hysteria. I don’t think a “Twilight Zone” is complete without someone shouting “Who am I?” Or “Where am I?” Or, my personal fav, “Is this some kind of a joke?” I’ll tell you on thing: if you think the hysteria in this or “Sky” is a bit much wait until you screen the upcoming “A World of Difference” or season three’s “Five Characters in Search of an Exit.” The characters in those episodes make the ones in “Sky” look like Ally Sheedy form “The Breakfast Club.”

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

I don’t believe it was just Cold War hysteria. Hollywood seemed to be going through a silly period then. Lots of hysteria, lots of anger. “12 Angry Men” was filmed in this period. So was “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “The Birds”, “Night Of The Living Dead” and so on. They left film noir and didn’t know where to go, so they went for anger and hysteria.

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

Haha! Good for Sir Laurence. Classic comeback.