A man, Fenton, is cleaning out his attic when a Japanese gardener, Arthur Takamori, stops by asking if he would like his grass cut. Fenton invites him up for a beer but, having served in the Pacific during World War II, isn't quite sure what to make of his visitor. He has his prejudices but wavers as Arthur says he was born in the USA and is no different than any other American. As they discuss their pasts, it's revealed that both men have lied and are haunted by what happened to them. Written by
Ironically, actor George Takei was imprisoned with his family in a United States internment camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He went on to write a Broadway play about the experience. See more »
I'm not such a bad guy, Arthur. Why is all this happening? Why? All right. Don't answer. If that's what you're here for, then kill me. Go on, I dare ya! Come on, Taro, I'm waitin' for you! Oh, so that's it. You're just tryin' to scare me. So, all right, I'm scared, but not of dyin'. Of livin'. I can't make it, Arthur, or Taro, or whatever your name is! There's nothing left, nothing! I've got a box full of decorations over there... decorations! First you're an ape, and now all of a sudden you're...
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Whatever you do, don't rush to find this lost episode. This one is a non-syndicated episode for a reason. The Encounter has to be the worst Twilight Zone episode I have ever seen.
The Encounter begins with a World War II vet named Fenton. Fenton is cleaning out his attic when a young Japanese man comes by looking for work. Fenton offers the young man a job to help him clean out the attic. Fenton even offers the young man a beer. Reluctantly the young man joins Fenton in the attic. We learn that the young man's name is Arthur. But as the episode goes on, we learn more about both men. But it really doesn't matter. The episode never goes anywhere.
The problem with this episode is that it's a complete mess. I have no idea why it was ever accepted as Twilight Zone worthy material. This episode has to be one of the thousands of scripts submitted from viewers. I guess this is one of those scripts Rod Serling forgot to throw out. How this ever got filmed is beyond me.
The Encounter, never makes any kind of statement, it never makes up its mind of the kind of story it is or where it is going. There's really no story. You find yourself watching this, not knowing what is going on. Is Fenton crazy? Is the young Japanese-American crazy? Is Fenton a bigot or is Arthur just being sensitive? Is a samurai sword possessing Arthur or is he just a maniac to begin with? There are too many unanswered questions here. There is too much comical overacting. To really put the nail in the coffin, the episode's ending is laughably bad. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I'm going to forget I ever saw this ludicrous episode. I refuse to recognize such amateurish garbage as a Twilight Zone episode. A kid in elementary school can write something better than this. Stick to the true episodes of the Twilight Zone. I always keep an open mind whenever I watch an episode of this brilliant series. I find it hard to hate any episode. But The Encounter has no business in the Twilight Zone series and I wish it wasn't even part of my collection. The Encounter is worthless and a waste of time. Stay clear of this ridiculous idiocy. Let this lost episode stay lost.
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