Edward Hall visits the psychiatrist Dr. Eliot Rathmann that was recommended by his doctor and he explains that he is extremely tired since he has not slept for many days. Edward believes that if he sleeps, he will die and explains that he is dreaming in "chapters" with the evil Maya, the Cat Woman that will kill him in his next nightmare. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Twelve o'clock noon. An ordinary scene, an ordinary city. Lunchtime for thousands of ordinary people. To most of them, this hour will be a rest, a pleasant break in a day's routine. To most, but not all. To Edward Hall, time is an enemy, and the hour to come is a matter of life and death.
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Richard Conte was always good at playing intensely driven characters. Here he brings a strong emotional pitch to a man near insanity because of a recurring nightmare. The dream sequences are particularly effective for their surreal stylings and the undisguised sexuality of Maya, the Cat Woman. In the buttoned-down 1950's, these were no small risks for a series, since sponsors avoided anything that might confuse or alienate audiences and potential customers. It's also a reason why TZ deserves a place in the artistic evolution of American TV. The episode itself is a solid one, with a nifty twist ending. However, I can't help feeling that the personal references to Hollywood landmarks suggest more than an exercise of imagination for writer Charles Beaumont.
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