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
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if ... See full summary »
Professor Ellis Fowler has been teaching at the Rock Spring School for Boys for a great many years. In fact, he taught the grandfather of one of his current students. Just before Christmas however, he's told by the headmaster that his contract will not be renewed for the new year. Despondent, he returns home convinced that his life has been wasted and decides to end it all. Before he can do so however, his is visited by some very special students from the past who give him cause to reconsider. Written by
The final Twilight Zone (1959) episode where the ending shot rose upward, seeing the setting's higher point replaced by a starlit sky. See more »
When Professor Fowler is looking out the window listening to the singers, he is wearing glasses in some angles and not wearing glasses in others. See more »
Professor Ellis Fowler, a gentle, bookish guide to the young, who is about to discover that life still has certain surprises, and that the campus of the Rock Springs School for Boys lies on a direct path to another institution, commonly referred to as the Twilight Zone.
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I'm sure there are a lot of teachers who weigh in on this episode. I've been teaching for 39 years and one of the most gratifying parts of the job is when I see my previous students years later. There are times when we wonder, as the professor does, if what we say and do makes any difference. Obviously, the subject matter is what we gage our success on, but it's really the character of the people that count. Rod Serling must have known this and presented it so well. The Professor has been let go after a particularly hard day, distracted students and so on. He drops into depression, seeing his life as meaningless. He stands by a statue of Horace Mann, the father of modern education, and puts a gun to his head. Then, miraculously, the bells begin to ring at the school. When he enters his room he is met with a great surprise.
This is a touching episode. Had it not been the Twilight Zone, it would have made a wonderful drama. Donald Pleasance's acting is superb. It is understated and emotional. It's just a beautiful. Personally, this may be my favorite of all the Zones.
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