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?
- “Walking Distance” C
- “I Shot an Arrow into the Air” B-
- “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.
Gig Young plays Martin Sloane a Manhattan advertising VP burned out from modern life. Driving his sports convertible through a rural area he realizes he’s at his home town (of course named Homewood). He wanders around and realizes he’s back 25 years ago when he was an 11-year old. He of course, meets himself and his parents. And he causes trouble. He accidentally causes his 11-year old self to fall off the carousel and hurts his leg. Finally, his father realizes that Martin is who he says he is but that retreating into the past is wrong. So some how or other he finds himself back in the present and although he is wiser he doesn’t appear any happier.
One small detail, a very young Ron Howard is a little boy playing marbles in the street near Martin’s boyhood home.
It’s a slight tale and not particularly poignant but I’ll give it a solid C.