The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Encounter 

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... See full summary »

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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 garykmcd

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1 May 1964 (USA)  »

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Taro "Arthur" Takamori says he was 4 years old when the Pearl Harbor attack happened, just like George Takei who plays him. See more »

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Fenton: 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 you! Come on Taro, I'm waiting for you! Oh, all right then. You're just trying to scare me. All right, I'm scared. But not of dying... of living. 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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Bad.Nothing like the great standard of this greatest TV show ever.
13 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Some of the episodes in series five were by one-time-only, or twice-only TZ writers as the overall quality declined. The writer in this case Martin Goldsmith, had some fairly impressive credits in the thriller and film noir area of the movies ('Narrow Margin' and 'Detour'). This story is set up interestingly enough but then simply too many plot factors let it down. The claustrophobic setting of the man's attic was more likely to do with the show's budget than any intended dramatic device. The final season produced by William Froug often suffered in this way and often with a very small cast of actors, that in one or two cases, like this one, becomes boring.

What begins as looking like good and brave material for George Takei turns out to be flawed by the unwanted, silly back-story about a WW2 traitor father and a hollow discussion on race that does nothing constructive. Another William Froug production like 'Caesar and Me', 'From Agnes-With Love', and 'Sounds and Silences', best thrown in a garbage bin somewhere in 'The Twilight Zone'.


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