Millicent Barnes is waiting in the bus station waiting for her bus to Cortland to arrive. The weather outside is dreadful and the bus is over half an hour late already. When she inquires the station clerk chides her for constantly asking when it will arrive. The only thing is it's the first time he's asked him anything. When she goes to the powder room the cleaning lady suggests she was just in there, she begins to worry that she's going mad. A good Samaritan, Paul Grinstead, tries to help her out but soon realizes there may be an explanation for what is happening after all. Written by
Millicent Barnes, age twenty-five, young woman waiting for a bus on a rainy November night. Not a very imaginative type is Miss Barnes, not given to undue anxiety or fears, or, for that matter, even the most temporal flights of fancy. Like most career women, she has a generic classification as a, quote, girl with a head on her shoulders, end of quote. All of which is mentioned now because, in just a moment, the head on Miss Barnes' shoulders will be put to a test. ...
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Mirror Image is the kind of creepy, nightmarish episode that delves deep into your subconscious and stays there for years, ready to leap out into your conscious mind and scare you when reminded of its terrifying premise. The idea that a "double" can steal your identity and replace you is inherently unsettling. Think Invasion of the Body Snatchers - a movie with a similar premise. And as in Body Snatcher, the idea that no one believes what you know is true and that you are viewed as "going insane" adds to the horror of the protagonist and the empathy of the audience.
I particularly liked the ending because, although disconcerting, it represents the expanded possibility of an alternate reality over the smug, narrow-mindedness of conventional wisdom and leads to the question, who's crazy now?
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