Z-View Twilight Zone: “Eye of the Beholder” [Season 2, Episode 6]

Twilight Zone: “Eye of the Beholder” [Season 2, Episode 6]
Original Air Date: November 11, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Maxine Stuart, William D. Gordon, George Keymas, Edson Stroll and Donna Douglas.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Janet Tyler [Stuart] is lying in her hospital bed, her head and face totally covered by bandages.  Tyler nervously waits for her doctor to remove the bandages hoping that her latest (and last) surgery will make her look normal.

Sadly Tyler is hideously ugly and lives in a society where the less desirables are sent away.  As the bandages are removed her worst fears are revealed.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Howling Man” [Season 2, Episode 5]

Twilight Zone: “The Howling Man” [Season 2, Episode 5]
Original Air Date: November 4, 1960

Director: Douglas Hayes

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: John Carradine, H.M. Wynant and Robin Hughes.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

David Ellington [Wynant] while on a long hike alone in the woods in Europe becomes ill.  Ellington stumbles across a monastery.  Initially told he cannot stay, Brother Jerome [Carradine] allows him to stay until he is well enough to travel.

While recuperating, Ellington hears a man howling in pain.  The screams lead to a cell where a man is being held prisoner.  Before Ellington can release him, Brother Jerome arrives and explains that the thing in the cell is not a man, but the devil!

How could the devil be held in a cell?  Are the monks insane?  If so, Ellington is in danger as well.  Isn’t his duty to help the man escape?  These are the thoughts that race through Ellington’s mind before he makes a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Nice Place to Visit” [Season 1, Episode 28]

Twilight Zone: “A Nice Place to Visit” [Season 1, Episode 28]
Original Air Date: April 15, 1960

Director: John Brahm

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: Sebastian Cabot and Larry Blyden.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When Rocky Valentine [Blyden] wakes up dead after a shootout with the police he meets Pip [Cabot] who is there to help him get accustomed to where Valentine will spend eternity.  Valentine is shocked that he made it to heaven…

Z-View Twilight Zone: “People Are Alike All Over” [Season 1, Episode 25]

Twilight Zone: “People Are Alike All Over” [Season 1, Episode 25]
Original Air Date: March 25, 1960

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Writer: Rod Serling from a story by Paul Fairman

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Susan Oliver and Paul Comi.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

The first manned mission to Mars consists of a two man crew, Sam Conrad [McDowall] and Mark Marcusson [Comi].  Conrad is concerned that whatever life they find there will be dangerous.  Marcusson is convinced that all life is made in God’s image and will therefore be like humans.

Marcusson is killed when the ship crash lands on Mars.  Conrad is terrified at first, but then sees that Martians look like humans and are friendly.  They promise to provide him a home and take care of him… sadly, Conrad comes to discover that people are indeed alike all over.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Long Live Walter Jameson” [Season 1, Episode 24]

Twilight Zone: “Long Live Walter Jameson” [Season 1, Episode 24]
Original Air Date: March 18, 1960

Director: Tony [Anton] Leader

Writer: Charles Beaumont 

Starring: Kevin McCarthy and Edgar Stehli.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Professor Walter Jameson [McCarthy] plans to marry his friend’s much younger daughter.  When his friend discovers that Jameson has been hiding a secret for years and someone from Jameson’s past shows up, well, you know you’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” [Season 1, Episode 22]

Twilight Zone: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” [Season 1, Episode 22]
Original Air Date: March 4, 1960

Director: Ronald Winston

Writer: Rod Serling 

Starring: Claude Akins, Barry Atwater and Jack Weston.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

It’s a beautiful summer afternoon until a strange sound and vibration brings neighbors outside.  Paranoia soon takes over as the thought of an alien invasion takes hold.  Who among them isn’t human?

Final Thoughts: One of the best Twilight Zone episodes.  A true classic.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Mirror Image” [Season 1, Episode 21]

Twilight Zone: “Mirror Image” [Season 1, Episode 21]
Original Air Date: February 26, 1960

Director: John Brahm

Writer: Charles Beaumont 

Starring: Vera Miles and Martin Milner.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Late on a stormy night Millicent Barnes [Miles] is stuck in a station waiting for an overdue bus when strange things begin to happen.  Her suitcase keeps moving, the old man taking tickets claims she keeps asking him when the next bus is due [only she just spoke to him once] and when she see herself in the mirror it is her doing things she isn’t doing!

Final Thoughts: Milner is excellent as the nice guy who tries to put her mind at ease.  The final shot / special effect is haunting.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Fever” [Season 1, Episode 17]

Twilight Zone: “Fever” [Season 1, Episode 17]
Original Air Date: January 29, 1960

Director: Robert Florey

Writer: Rod Serling 

Starring: Everette Sloan and Vivi Janis.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Franklin Gibbs [Sloan] begrudgingly accompanies his wife, Flora, to Los Vegas, for a two night expense-free trip that Flora won.  Franklin views gambling as a fool’s game until a drunk gives him a silver dollar for a free pull on a slot machine.  Soon Franklin has the fever and is gambling away their life savings… and more.

Final Thoughts: Fever is one of my least favorite Twilight Zone episodes.

Z-View The Twilight Zone: “The Hitch-Hiker” [Season 1, Episode 16]

Twilight Zone: “The Hitch-Hiker” [Season 1, Episode 16]
Original Air Date: January 22, 1960

Director: Alvin Ganzer

Writer: Rod Serling based on the radio play by Lucille Fletcher

Starring: Inger Stevens, Adam Williams and Leonard Strong.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Nan Adams [Stevens], a young woman driving cross-country alone, becomes unnerved when a hitch-hiker continues to approach her for a ride no matter how many times she passes him and no matter what roads she takes.

Final Thoughts: After a string of strong episodes, The Twilight Zone comes up with an average offering.  Not great and not bad… but good.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Perchance to Dream” [Season 1, Episode 9]

Twilight Zone: “Perchance to Dream” [Season 1, Episode 9]
Original Air Date: November 27, 1959

Director: Robert Florey

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: Richard Conte, John Larch and Suzanne Lloyd

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Edward Hall [Conte] hasn’t slept in days.  Fatigued and on the ragged edge, Hall not only has a mental issue [fear of dying if he sleeps] but a weak heart.  Hall visits psychiatrist Dr. Eliot Rathmann [Larch] in hope of a cure.

Hall explains that each time he falls asleep Maya, a strangely alluring and dangerous carnival Cat Woman that he met in one of his fevered dreams visits him.  Hall knows the Cat Woman will kill him but he can’t escape her or sleep.

Final Thoughts:  Conte is excellent as the tormented, fatigued Hall.  Lloyd comes off perfectly as the dangerous but irresistible Maya.  The dream sequences are memorable.

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