Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 21

Mirror Image (26 Feb. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Mirror Image (original title)

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While waiting in a bus station, Millicent Barnes has the strange feeling that her doppelganger is trying to take over her life.

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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 garykmcd

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The cities mentioned in this episode (Cortland, Syracuse, Tully, and Binghamton) all lie along Hwy. 11 in central upstate New York. The use of these places is a homage by Rod Serling to his childhood. He was born in Syracuse and lived in Binghamton until he graduated high school. Even when he lived in Hollywood during his heyday, he maintained a home in Binghamton. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Obscure metaphysical explanation to cover a phenomenon, reasons dredged out of the shadows to explain away that which cannot be explained. Call it parallel planes or just insanity. Whatever it is, you find it in the Twilight Zone.
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Although I have always been a fan of The Twilight Zone, it is only recently that I have decided to try and watch all of the episodes. I had never seen or even heard of "Mirror Image" before, but I am so glad that I got to see this episode tonight. This is easily one of the best episodes, not only of season one, but maybe the whole series.

Millicent Barnes is in a bus stop waiting for a bus that is late. Strange things start happening while she is waiting. The workers in the station tell her that she has been doing things that she has no memory of doing. Her bag moves around the building. And she sees something very interesting in the mirror that even gave me a start.

The Twilight Zone is one of the only television series in which it is generally more enjoyable when you cannot figure out what is going on. This episode will take your mind into several interesting places. As the other reviewers have mentioned, it is imaginative, suspenseful and even a small tad scary. I am surprised I had never heard of it before because it ranks up near the top of the list of good episodes, on par with all the classics.


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