Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Bolie Jackson is a professional boxer whose best years are behind him. He's well-liked in his neighborhood and adored by Henry, a young lad who lives next door. He hurts his hand in an altercation with sleazy boxing manager and as a result is badly beaten in a televised boxing match. He's apparently down and out for the count but young Henry has a special ability - something his mother calls the big wish - that changes the outcome of the match. When Bolie learns what he's done he refuses to believe in what Henry's done with the inevitable consequences. Written by
After airing this episode, with its nearly all-black cast being revolutionary for American television, Twilight Zone (1959) was awarded the 1961 Unity Award for Outstanding Contributions to Better Race Relations. See more »
Mr. Bolie Jackson, a hundred and eighty-three pounds, who left a second chance lying in a heap on a rosin-spattered canvas at St. Nick's Arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who shares the most common ailment of all men, the strange and perverse disinclination to believe in a miracle, the kind of miracle to come from the mind of a little boy, perhaps only to be found in the Twilight Zone.
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The Big Tall Wish Made During Red Sox-Angels ALCS 1986
My brother and I have been watching and re-watching Twilight Zones since they first an live back in the early 60's. This episode has always been one of our favorites. "the Big Tall Wish" is a great tale of hopes and expectation wrapped subtly in the history of race. The scene in which the impressible kid who makes 'the BIG WISH' is quite memorable . . . "Please, Please . . . .". My brother and I would talk about when we would potentially need to make the BIG WISH. And then it happened. . . My brother Jeff, who lives in Los Angeles, had been in New York during the ALCS series. Being both ardent Red Sox fans for over 20 years at that point, we were really bummed by the way the Series was going. The night before he was leaving to go back to LA was almost the last straw. The Sox lost to go down 3-1. Jeff, who had tickets to the game the next day stated forlornly "I'm going home to a funeral". The game the next day was close but the Sox found themselves down by 3 entering the last at bat. Don Baylor hit a HR to bring them within 1 run. With 2 outs and a man on, Dave 'Hindu' Henderson came to the plate. The Angels countered with their top reliever, Donnie Moore. My brother, sitting in the left field bleachers and sensing the impact of the moment, closed his eyes and made 'THE BIG TALL WISH'. 'Hindu' promptly launched one into, of all places, the left field bleachers. Although the Angels tied it up, the Red Sox eventually won the game and went on to win the series. My brother called my right after the game hysterical and mumbled something about making 'THE BIG TALL WISH'. I knew immediately what had happened and how our mutual adoration with this series and, in particular, this episode had changed the course of history. at least from our distorted perspective.
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