The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 17 – Number 12 Looks Just Like You

Marilyn is a teen-age girl living in a future where at maturity men and women are subjected to the “Transformation” which allows them to live an indefinite period without showing the signs of aging.  But the other detail of the process is that everyone must pick one of a small number of attractive appearances.  Of course, this also means only one actor (Richard Long) and three actresses were needed to play all the parts.

Marilyn’s mother Lana, her Uncle Rick and Marilyn’s friend Valerie all try to convince her to have the transformation.  When she resists their advice, she is handed over to the doctors.  Dr. Rex and Dr. Sigmund Friend and Dr. Tom (all Richard Long!) explain to Marilyn that the transformation is good for her.  When they ask her why she doesn’t want the procedure she explains that her father was old fashioned and gave her old literature that explained about individuality and inner beauty.  And when he had the transformation done to him, he felt he had lost his individuality and killed himself.

Finally, Marilyn tries to escape the hospital where she is being kept but she accidentally ends up in the transformation room and is given the same appearance as her friend Valerie.  But after the transformation Marilyn is completely happy and adjusted to the idea.

Collin Wilcox who plays Marilyn was the actress who played the pathetic Mayella Ewell in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  She puts plenty of emotion in her part.  But honestly this is kind of a silly episode.  Richard Long uses a fake Austrian accent in his Dr Sigmund Friend part and other goofy mannerisms to help us tell his various personas from each other.  This is a very thin story.  I’ve got to go with C.