Until episodes became available on VHS and DVD, this was one of four "lost" episodes of Twilight Zone (1959) that were not included with syndication packages during the 1960s through the 1980s. The other three were Twilight Zone: Miniature (1963), Twilight Zone: Sounds and Silences (1964), and Twilight Zone: The Encounter (1964). This episode, "Miniature," and "Sounds and Silences" were excluded from the package because of lawsuits that had been filed claiming those episodes were plagiarized. "The Encounter" had drawn complaints of anti-Japanese prejudice and epithets expressed by one of the characters. The episodes were finally re-released for broadcast television in a 1983 special hosted by Patrick O'Neal, the lead actor of "Fountain". See more »
Flora's cigarette constantly changes lengths throughout the beginning of the episode. See more »
Picture of an aging man who leads his life, as Thoreau said, 'in a quiet desperation.' Because Harmon Gordon is enslaved by a love affair with a wife forty years his junior. Because of this, he runs when he should walk. He surrenders when simple pride dictates a stand. He pines away for the lost morning of his life when he should be enjoying the evening. In short, Mr. Harmon Gordon seeks a fountain of youth, and who's to say he won't find it? This happens to be the Twilight ...
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Hokey is a word that was never in use this side of the Atlantic, but if I may borrow it, there is no more apt description. Don't expect any depth or meaning that made the series great. However if you're an older man you may want to watch Ruta Lee for a while and try finding some interesting angles. At least she's good at being Flora, the bad young wife, in the spirit of the script.
A very thin comic book kind of story played like a skit on weird tales of that era. The combination of the seriousness of the wealthy older man ,Harmon (Patrick O'Neal) and the overbearing glamorous shrew give this episode a vibrant comic book effect. Useful for watching in a TZ marathon or sandwiched with meatier TZs. Plenty of chance to make the coffee or put the pizza in the oven during the talky middle of this scenario (but if you are an older man get back quick for Ruta).
It gets worse at the end, but I did warn you it's hokey. I like to think of it as the Zone sending itself up a little, as was the case with Serling's superior 'Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up' in series two.
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