The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 20 – Showdown with Rance McGrew

Rance McGrew is the star of a cowboy show on TV.  He makes the rest of the crew and cast miserable with his pettiness and his overbearing and selfish behavior.  During one particular scene of the production, the actor playing Jesse James is supposed to attempt to shoot McGrew in the back.  The actor objects saying that the real Jesse James would never have stooped to a cowardly act like shooting a man in the back.  McGrew flies into a rage and belittles Jesse James compared to himself.

Suddenly the saloon that McGrew is standing in becomes a real Old Western saloon and McGrew shouts out that the whiskey he was drinking really is whiskey instead of ginger ale.   A man runs into the saloon and tells McGrew that Jesse James is coming into town.  Rance thinks that it’s the scene they’ve been practicing.  But when Jesse James shows up, he is a large powerful and intimidating man and he isn’t acting.  He tells Rance that in the afterlife the outlaws that McGrew is regularly running down and representing as cowards are very unhappy with him and have sent Jesse James to teach him a lesson.

Now Jesse drags McGrew out onto the street and tells him they are going to have a shoot out.  Rance hides but eventually he is cornered and when Jesse outdraws him McGrew begs the outlaw to spare him.  Jesse says he’ll do it on the condition that Rance will change his ways and respect the honor of the Old West legends he’s been besmirching.  When he agrees, he suddenly finds himself back on the television production set and preparing for the Jesse James scene.  But just before it’s shot an extra comes in and tells Rance that his agent is outside and needs to talk to him.  Of course, it’s Jesse James dressed as a Hollywood agent.  He tells Rance that instead of shooting Jesse, the outlaw will escape by throwing Rance through the saloon window and instead of a stunt double it will be McGrew himself.  And reluctantly Rance accepts the inevitable and comes flying through the window.  And Jesse and Rance go driving off in his Cadillac convertible into a sunset of historical western accuracy.  We’re left assuming this is the beginning of a beautiful but painful friendship for Rance.

Well, not too bad.  B-

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 19 – The Hunt

This is a simple story and easy enough to tell.

An old man named Hyder Simpson and his hound-dog Rip are going on a nighttime coon hunt.  His wife Rachel warns him that she’s had premonitions and that he shouldn’t go but he tells her not to fret and heads out after supper.

During the night, Rip trees a coon but the varmint escapes into the creek and even with Hyder warning the dog off, Rip jumps in the creek where he is dragged under by the raccoon.  Hyder jumps in to save Rip but neither of them resurfaces even after we see the coon swim away and escape.

The next morning, we see Simpson and Rip sleeping on the bank of the creek.  Hyder doesn’t remember much of the night but tells Rip they’re both going to catch hell from Rachel.  While heading home they reach two of his neighbors burying a box on Simpson’s property.  He questions them about it and even threatens them with his rifle but they seemingly ignore him and talk about the dog they are burying and how he will be missed.  Hearing that they are burying a beloved dog he assumes they are overwhelmed with grief and unable to speak to him so he moves on toward home.

When he gets back to his cabin, he finds Rachel in her mourning dress and the local parson trying to comfort her over Hyder’s death.  Simpson can’t make them hear him and soon we see the pallbearers removing his coffin from the bedroom and heading out toward the church yard.  Hyder follows behind them to find out what is going on.  But suddenly he finds himself and Rip separated from the funeral procession by a wooden fence that he’s never seen before.  He follows the fence to find a way around it to the churchyard.  After following it for a long while he reaches a gateway in the fence with a guard building.  He calls out and an attendant approaches and starts asking Hyder some questions.  Hyder answers them casually but when the man asks Hyder how he died, they get into a dispute.  Simpson tells him that he’s certainly not dead and the man tells him that if he weren’t dead, he couldn’t be where he is now and that this was the gateway to the Elysian Fields.  Hyder asks him why he can’t hear the singing and the harp music and the man says that he’ll hear it once he crosses the gateway.  Looking in Hyder can see some smoke coming around a curve in the road.  The gatekeeper invites him to come in but when Hyder tries to get a reluctant Rip to enter with him the gatekeeper tells him that dogs are not allowed.

Hyder protests and says he won’t go anywhere where Rip isn’t welcome and he questions how they can have coon hunts in heaven without dogs.  The gatekeeper says there aren’t any coon hunts in heaven.  This settles things and Hyder says that he’s not going in and will continue down the road.  The gatekeeper tells him that there is nothing down the infinite road to nowhere.  But Hyder moves on.

A way down the road Hyder sits down with Rip and talks about his confusion at their predicament.  Coming down the road from the direction they were heading is a young man dressed as a country cousin to Mr. Simpson.  He asks for Simpson and Rip by name and explains that he is an angel sent to find him and bring him to the gates of heaven.  When Hyder tells him about his recent experience at the gate the angel tells him that wasn’t heaven it was hell.  And the reason that they don’t allow dogs is because dogs can smell the brimstone and refuse to enter.  “He tells Hyder, “A man will walk into Hell with his eyes open but even the Devil can’t fool a dog.”  Heading now to Heaven he asks the angel if they have coon hunts and is told that there will be one that night right after the square dance.  When Hyder says he wishes Rachel could attend the angel tells him not to worry, that she would be there soon and that she wouldn’t have any trouble avoiding Hell.

Hyder is played by Arthur Hunnicutt, an Arkansan who made a career in Hollywood playing hillbillies.  This is a sentimental fantasy that plays on the heartstrings of anyone who ever had a favorite dog, especially a hound.  It’s one of the goofy ones but I’m a sucker for dog stories.  B+

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 18 – Dead Man’s Shoes

A few gangsters dump a body out of their car into an alley.  The body, wearing a pair of fancy two toned shoes, belongs to a recently deceased partner in crime of theirs named Dane.  The car takes off and a bum named Nate Bledsoe, who was sleeping on a fire escape, comes down and sees the body.  He takes the fancy shoes and puts them on.  Later, walking down the street, his fellow winos notice his fancy shoes and start demanding a share in his good fortune.  Suddenly Nate’s timid attitude changes and he menacingly, warns them to back off.  Now Nate walks determinedly toward a destination.

In the next scene he walks into a swank apartment where a woman in flashy clothes named Wilma is waiting for the missing Dane.  She yells at the derelict who has broken into her apartment and shouts for him to leave.  But Nate answers her in the familiar mannerisms and diction of the gangster Dane and orders her to make him a drink, at which she is somewhat cowed.  He goes into the bathroom to clean up and decides to shave.  When he appears ready to take a shower, he removes the shoes and becomes confused.  Suddenly he is Nate Bledsoe again and doesn’t know where he is or how he got there.  He walks out of the bathroom with the shoes in his hands and is confronted by Wilma with a revolver pointed at him.  She threatens to shoot him unless he explains where he got Dane’s shoes.  He tells her he found them in an alley but really can’t make a coherent story out of it.  She tells him to put on the shoes and get out before Dane returns and kills him.

But as soon as he puts the shoes back on his feet, he’s Dane again.  Smiling he takes the gun from Wilma and tells her to make his favorite drink, tequila with a sugar cube in it.  She is utterly confused by his knowledge of Dane’s personal details and even allows him to kiss her until it frightens her too much and she runs from him.  He takes the gun and heads out from the apartment.

In the next scene he shows up at the bar where his old partner and recent murderer Bernie Dagget is holding court.  Nate orders his trademark drink and sits watching Bernie until he gets called over to Dagget.

Nate tells Dagget that he has a message from an unnamed party that Dagget knows well.  They go into a private office after Dagget’s boys frisk Nate and take his revolver.  Sitting facing Bernie’s desk he comments on how the rug doesn’t even show the blood that was all over it just a few hours ago.  When Dagget feigns ignorance of what he means Nate tells him all the details of the murder.  At that point a gunman appears behind Nate’ s back but he quickly and skillfully pulls a second gun from his ankle and shoots the gunman down.  He looks at Bernie and says, “you didn’t think the same trick would work twice?”  But as he says it a gun flash comes from a bookcase behind Bernie’s desk and Nate slumps to the floor.  Bernie grabs Nate’s gun but as Nate lies dying, he says to Bernie that he’ll be back again and again until he finally gets Bernie.

In the next scene it looks like Bernie and the boys are dumping Nate in the same alley where they dumped Dane.  One of the two winos that accosted Nate earlier in the show finds his body and takes his shoes and of course we know how that will end.

This is a goofy fantasy with an easily predictable plot and stereotyped characters.  But I must confess I enjoyed it quite a lot.  Maybe it’s the film noir set up and swift action.  More likely I enjoyed the style of the main character.  Nate was played by Warren Stevens who I remember as the ship’s physician from Forbidden Planet.  Even as the gangster Dane he has an easy style that is fun to watch.  B+

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 17 – One More Pallbearer

Paul Radin is a very rich man with a NYC skyscraper with his name on it.  In the sub-basement of this building (300 feet below the surface) he’s built a nuclear bomb shelter with eighteen-inch-thick concrete walls encased in six inches of lead.  And he’s installed an audio-visual system that can mimic the experience of a nuclear explosion outside of the bunker.  Mr. Radin is a devious man who has conquered the business world without any need for honor or a conscious.

He has invited three people to his shelter.  They are one of his old high school teachers, Mrs. Langsford, his former pastor Mr. Hughes and his commanding officer from the war, Col. Hawthorne.  When they arrive, he reminds each of them of the time when each had humiliated him.  His teacher had berated him for cheating and then trying to blame the incident on someone else.  Col. Hawthorne had him court-martialed for refusing to follow a direct order to join a battle.  And Mr. Hughes had exposed the fact that a girl committed suicide over Radin.

Then Radin reveals why they were invited.  He claims that he has classified information that a Russian nuclear attack will occur in a few minutes and New York will be obliterated, all except him in his shelter.  And he has invited them to share his bomb shelter and survive.  The proviso is that each beg his forgiveness for the offenses they committed against him.  When they ask to leave, he demands that they stop the pretense and realize that as soon as they leave, they will panic and come running back.  They leave undeterred and when he holds open the elevator door to give them one last chance the school teacher basically tells him that he is the one to be pitied because he will be trapped with himself.

After they leave, Radin feels the detonation of the nuclear bomb.  He takes the elevator to the surface and sees that the city is in rubble.  He breaks down and mourns for his own loneliness in the empty world that is left.  But then we see that all of this scene is in his imagination and that the city is untouched.  Radin is lying by the fountain in front of his building crying hysterically.  He’s gone insane from frustration and fear.

Between this episode and the earlier third season episode called “The Shelter,” I get the idea that Rod Serling is miffed that some people had bomb shelters.  I suppose he felt it wasn’t egalitarian that some would survive.  All that aside, this is a pretty weak episode.  It doesn’t seem very likely that a narcissist would crack up because some people didn’t like him.  I’ll go with a C.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 16 – Nothing in the Dark

A very old woman lives alone in a condemned building in a run-down area of a city.  And she is afraid of every one she meets so she won’t open her door to anyone.

Outside her apartment she sees a policeman in the alley so she hides in her room.  Shots are fired and a car speeds away.  She hears the voice of a man crying for help.  She tells him to go away and leave her alone.  He tells her that he’s been shot and his name is Officer Harold Beldon and he needs a doctor right away.

The old woman is in a panic.  She is frightened to death of the man but she is moved to help an injured person.  She overcomes her fear and goes to him.  When she touches his shoulder, she is amazed.  She says aloud, “how am I still alive?”  The old lady helps the Officer into her apartment and tries to make him comfortable on the bed and makes him some tea.  Now that she is safe back in her room, she tells the Officer about herself.  She says that one time on a bus she saw a man come up to a very old woman and in the course of picking up something she dropped, he touched her hand and a little while later she died.  At that point she concluded that the man was actually Death there to take the old woman away.  The old woman tells the Officer that a few more time she saw Death take away old people.  Now she avoids everyone because Death can take any form.  But she is miserable.  She loves the sunlight but now lives always in darkness.

Later on, a knock comes at the door and she refuses to open it.  The man at the door says he is a contractor responsible for demolishing the condemned buildings that include the one the old lady lived in.  When she refused to open the door, he brakes it down.  When he enters the room the old lady collapses to the floor.  When she comes to, she is once again amazed that Death has not gotten her.  The contractor tries to comfort her and explains that his job is not evil.  He’s clearing the ground so new homes can be built to replace the worn-out buildings.  The old lady asks Officer Beldon to help her explain to the contractor that she needs to stay inside but the contractor is confused by her words and leaves warning her she must go.

When she thinks about what happened she realizes that the contractor couldn’t see the Officer.  Beldon tells her to look in the mirror and when she does, she can’t see him in the mirror.  Now she knows that he is indeed Death.  In confusion she asks him why he did not kill her when she let him in.  He explains to her that he is not there to hurt or frighten her.  He is only there to guide her to the next phase of her existence.  He implores her lovingly to take his hand and after initial fear she does.  When nothing seems to happen, she is relieved and she asks him when she will die and he asks her to look at the bed.  There she sees her own body in repose.  And now Death says to her, “What you feared would come like an explosion is like a whisper. What you thought was the end is the beginning.”  Death leads the old lady out of the darkness into the sunlight.

Gladys Cooper as the old lady and Robert Redford as Death are very good.  The drama is sentimental and emotionally charged but effective.  I enjoyed it.  B+

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 15 – A Quality of Mercy

In the last days of the WW II a platoon of exhausted American GIs is performing surveillance on a mortar team trying to destroy an enemy position inside a cave in the Philippines.  Sgt. Causarano and his men are discussing the weakness of the Japanese force in the cave.  They approximate it to be twenty men most of whom are injured and therefore unlikely to mount any offensive operations against the Americans.  In addition, because of their good defensive position extracting them will definitely require American casualties.  They decide the best strategy is to bypass this target and move onto a more dangerous force that is less difficult to assault.

At this point a new officer arrives to take command of the patrol.  Lt. Katell informs Causarano that he is going to run things by the book and the first order of business is a frontal attack on the cave.  The Sgt. respectfully advises the Lt. that at this late stage of the war a frontal attack on a target that isn’t a threat is overzealous and a waste of American lives.  Katell states that in a war killing the enemy continues from the beginning of the war right until the very end.

The men reluctantly prepare for the assault but just as he is preparing to call the charge Katell drops his binoculars and as he is looking down at them a confusing change occurs.  Instead of being night it is broad daylight and instead of Causarano, the sergeant picking up the binoculars is in a Japanese uniform and is addressing Katell as Lt. Yamuri.   Panicking, Katell (who looks and is dressed as a Japanese officer) bolts away from the Japanese encampment and runs toward a cave.  But as he approaches it an American soldier inside the cave sprays machine gun fire toward him and is answered by a Japanese machine gunner firing back at the cave.

In the next scene Katell/Yamuri is trying to understand what is happening but he is very confused.  He learns from the Sgt. that the year is 1942 and the scene is near the battle of Corregidor in the Philippines.  At that point a senior Japanese officer appears and admonishes Yamuri for not finishing off the American force in the cave.  He tells Yamuri that it is a small force of twenty men, most wounded and would be easily overwhelmed by a frontal assault.  Now it is Yamuri (Katell) trying to convince an officer that bypassing the cave would be prudent.  But the officer accuses him of cowardice or battle fatigue.

As they prepare to storm the cave, the scene shifts back to the American camp in 1945.  But before Katell can get his bearings a messenger announces the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb and orders to suspend hostilities.  After his disorienting experiences Katell seems greatly relieved not to have to pursue the attack he earlier demanded.

As we’ve noted earlier, Rod Serling served in an infantry outfit in the Philippines during WW II.  His disdain for needless loss of human life probably matched the feelings of many men who had served in the war.  The acting in this episode is very good.  I especially enjoyed the characterization of Sgt. Causarano.  His war weary but professional attitude was very appealing.  Dean Stockwell as the Lt. was also good.  Of interest is a cameo as one of the soldiers by Leonard Nimoy in his pre-Spock era.  B+

CBS Advocates for Political Violence

Several sites have picked up on a trailer that CBS put out for their show, “The Good Fight.”

https://www.redstate.com/diary/WrongthinkRadio/2019/04/13/cbs-posts-trailer-encouraging-violence-deletes/

The plot of the episode is Democrat and Republican poll watchers confront “neo-nazis” at an election site and a riot ensues.  In the video clip above, one of the actors in the show says that seeing white nationalist Richard Spencer getting sucker punched convinced him that the correct response to political speech that offends him is physical assault.

This is an interesting decision by CBS.  They have now openly advocated for political violence where free speech laws prevent any restraint against statements that they disapprove.  This might be a legally dangerous stance to take by a company that requires a government license to exist on the broadcast systems.

I could imagine a complaint being lodged by someone to the FCC bringing into question their fitness as broadcasters.  Granted the show in question is not on the broadcast channel.  It is some kind of streaming option called CBS All Access but that is probably not a barrier against the general public complaining about a CBS property that steps beyond the bounds of responsible political opinion into the realm of political violence against Americans.

I guess it remains to be seen if this escalation is part of any larger pattern where the radical left begins using violence as their main enforcement tool against their enemies.  After all, it’s one thing for TV actors to go on a nazi-bashing spree on the small screen.  It’s a little more tricky for Antifa to get away with it anywhere except the confines of the blue state confederation.  And how many actual nazis are there in LA, NYC and D.C.?  It’s got to be a pretty limited population in those locales.

The folks on the dissident right see this as confirmation that the future will be an increasingly polarized country that eventually will divide into two or more components.  Well, I’ll say it does show that the Left isn’t afraid to legitimize violence against those it sees as its enemies.  Whether that equates into a civil war is a slightly different question.

But apocalyptic conclusions aside, it is clear that CBS would like to be able to paint the people they don’t like as neo-nazis.  So if you wear a MAGA hat you’re a racist and don’t deserve First Amendment protection or even protection from assault in public.  This way of looking at things doesn’t seem to be the way these things are actually happening in the real world, even in the blue state version of the real world.  Recently a man in Massachusetts was accosted by (of all things) an illegal alien who objected to his MAGA hat.  Interestingly, even in that deep blue state, she was arrested and in fact deported.  That’s not to say that there won’t be abuses in blue states and even excursions of leftist violence elsewhere.  But it’s just not something that seems inevitable.  From my point of view what’s at the heart of this is worry on the Left that President Trump and his policies are becoming increasingly popular and his re-election is becoming increasingly real in their minds.  They want to have something to blame him for and manufacturing violence seems like a good thing to start with.  That would explain the Jussie Smollett hoax and some of the other incidences.  They really need nazis and will do whatever it takes to manufacture them.

Anyway, it probably wouldn’t hurt to complain to the FCC about CBS and see if we can’t cause them some trouble.  It seems well deserved and doesn’t take much effort.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 14 – Five Characters in Search of an Exit

A disheveled army major wakes up on the floor of a circular enclosure without a roof.  The wall towers thirty or forty feet above him and looking up he can see a dark sky and a round bright object that could be light or even the moon.  He starts walking around the inside circumference of the enclosure and confronts a clown lying on the floor.  The clown is irreverent and mocking and bickers with the major on trivial points of discussion.  The major cannot remember exactly who he himself is or how he came to be in this enclosure.  The clown says that there is no answer and it’s not worth trying to figure it out.  Then we meet the other three captives.  There is a ballerina, a hobo and a Scottish bagpiper.  None of them can recall who they are or how they got in their prison.  But they all seem relatively resigned to their fate, except the major.  He is adamant that they must find a way out.  He becomes agitated and tries yelling and pounding on the wall with his shoe.  He even tries breaking through the wall with his sword but the blade snaps off in the attempt.  Every once in a while, a very loud bell sounds.

Eventually he is able to rouse even the clown from his mockery to attempt to escape by forming a human ladder and allowing the ballerina to scale to the top of the wall.  She is mere inches from the top when the thunderous bell tolls so loudly that their ladder is shaken down and they all tumble down.  The ballerina is the most shook up by her great fall.

Undaunted the major convinces them to try again but instead of the ballerina he will climb the human tower and use his sword hilt tied to a rope made from their belts and other clothing to snag the lip of the prison wall and pull himself out.  And after several attempts his jury-rigged grappling hook catches and he painfully scales the short distance to the top and straddles it.

As he steadies himself at the top, the remaining prisoners ask him what he sees.  But just then he loses his balance and falls outside into a pile of snow.  Inside the prison the inmates worry about his fate and the clown says he’ll be back because they really are in hell.

Now the scene shifts and we see a winter scene where a Salvation Army worker is standing next to a doll collection barrel and ringing her bell.  A little girl picks up a doll of a soldier in the snow and tells the woman someone must have missed the barrel with this doll.  She throws the doll back in the barrel and of course now we see the five characters as dolls.  Last of all the ballerina moves her hand onto the major’s hand where he lies from the girl’s toss.  And finally, we see a tear fall down the ballerina’s cheek.

Wow.

We’re about halfway through the season and the entire series too.  At this point those who have read most of my reviews know that I have a couple of pain points.  The first is I have no sympathy for a character screaming incoherently to no one.  The other is I do not find it interesting if robots or mannequins or any other human facsimiles find out at the end of an episode that they are in fact not humans.

Unfortunately, this episode possesses both those unfortunate diseases.  Someone might say that since this is a Christmas episode, I should make allowances.  Someone would be mistaken.

Those who have read these reviews also know that sometimes I allow myself to mitigate my judgement if a favorite character actor is present in the offending episode.  Well, in this case, the major is played by William Windom.  This is the man who gained immortality as Commodore Matt Decker, Commander of the USS Constellation whose crew was eaten by the planet killer in the Star Trek episode “The Doomsday Machine.”  How much more extenuating can circumstances be?  But no, it cannot sway me.  I must award this episode the gold standard of bad Twilight Zone episodes.  The pure F.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 3 Episode 13 – Once Upon a Time

I beg the indulgence of any readers under the age of fifty.  This episode is an homage to the age of silent films.  And anyone under the half century mark probably has had no experience with silent films.  So please bear with me if I seem to be doting on an episode that looks like a museum piece and lacks any point of reference for the young.

Buster Keaton plays Woodrow Mulligan, a disgruntled janitor complaining about the high prices, noisiness and high-speed bicycle traffic of pre-automobile 1890 small town America.  He works for an inventor and as he’s walking to work, he is almost run over by a bicycle and falls into a horse trough and has to hang up his pants while they dry on the clothes line.  But even in his boxer shorts he picks up a broom and proceeds to sweep the inventor’s offices.  While sweeping he hears the inventors celebrating their invention of a “time helmet” which will allow its wearer to travel forward and back in time for thirty minutes.  Hearing this, Woodrow thinks it would be a great idea to travel through time to escape the hectic, aggravating life of 1890.  So, he puts on the helmet and heads onto the street to see the future.  As he is preparing to leave a chicken flies into his arms and then he is transported into 1962.  And of course, if he thought bicycle traffic was too fast imagine how aggravated rush hour automobile traffic made him?  Stuck in the middle of the street, he loses his helmet to an accidental passerby’s protruding arm.  Then a little boy on roller skates picks it up and skates away.  Now Woodrow commandeers a bicycle from a sidewalk rack and chases after the boy.  Of course, the cop on the beat sees a middle-aged man without pants chasing a boy on roller skates and immediately pursues on foot.

The boy turns down an alley and collides with a man named Rollo.  The helmet falls off the boy’s head and he skates off without it.  Woodrow rounds the corner and also collides with Rollo.  Woodrow collects his helmet but discovers that it’s broken.  Bewailing his fate, he tells his story to Rollo.  By a coincidence Rollo is a scientist and observing Woodrow’s clothing and other trappings he believes the story and agrees to help Woodrow to repair the helmet before the thirty-minute deadline passes.  They go to an Electrical Appliance Repair Shop and spend most of the rest of the episode trying to explain what needs to be fixed and allowing Woodrow to become confused by vacuum cleaners and television sets.

When the helmet is repaired Rollo steals it saying he wants to go back to the peaceful 1890s.  Woodrow chases Rollo and at the very last second, he leaps onto Rollo and they both are transported back to 1890.  In the next scene Woodrow shows a renewed appreciation for local conditions in 1890.  But Rollo is miserable in the pre-electronic age he sent himself to and pines for modernity.  Woodrow responds rapidly and plants the helmet on Rollo’s head and turns the dial to 1962 and sends him back to his time.

The conceit in this one is that the portions of the story that take place in 1890 are filmed as a silent film with background music and subtitle but no voices.  The 1960s portions were just the typical Twilight Zone era television format.  The episode is a broad comedy to honor and play to the style of the famous silent comedy star Buster Keaton.  In effect, it might as well have been a Bugs Bunny cartoon.  As an aside Rollo was played by Stanley Adams who appeared as Cyrano Jones in the Trouble with Tribbles episode of the original Star Trek series.  He is the salesman who sells a Tribble to one of the Enterprise crew.

So, for this episode tastes will vary greatly but I’ll be (as always) conservative and give it a B.

09APR2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – The Zone of Adulthood – David Kamioner

Regardless of the use to which it is being put, how can I not recommend an American Greatness post about the Twilight Zone.  I wonder if I have a  reader on the staff there?

The Zone of Adulthood

So how did these three episodes do in my grading system?

  1. Walking Distance”  C
  2. I Shot an Arrow into the Air”  B-
  3. The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”  B+

Interestingly, the author said Walking Distance is his favorite episode of all.  As I’ve said, to each his own even in the Twilight Zone.