Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 32

The Gift (27 Apr. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" The Gift (original title)

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A man from the stars comes with a gift to a small Mexican village whose residents do not welcome this stranger.

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The residents of a small Mexican village, just 40 miles or so south of the Rio Grande, panic when they learn a being from another planet may have crashed near by. As the result of an altercation with local police, one policeman is dead and the alien is severely wounded. A young boy, Pedro, quickly forms a friendship with the alien who says he has come in peace. He also says he has a gift for the people of the Earth, but the villagers fear means that mankind will never benefit from the alien's generosity. Written by garykmcd

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Narrator: Madeiro, Mexico, the present. The subject: fear. The cure: a little more faith. An RX off a shelf - in the Twilight Zone.
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Yes, Mr. Serling...people are stupid!
2 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

There are a couple interesting actors in this episode of "The Twilight Zone". Vladimir Sokoloff plays a very typical role for himself as a Mexican--even though he was Russian by birth. He is one of those familiar faces from TV whose name you don't know. Another interesting one is the police officer. This is Paul Mazursky--who, though an actor with many credits, is more famous as a director of such moves as HARRY AND TONTO and MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON.

The episode is a minimalistic episode to say the least. Although it's about an alien landing on the Earth, you never see a space ship and he looks like a normal person. However, because the folks in this Mexican village are people, they are scared and stupid--and respond to the alien with anger and fear. Despite being attacked, he gives a gift to a little boy that he wants to give the world--but, given that people are REALLLLY stupid, the gift is destroyed.

All in all, the episode does a good job of illustrating how stupid mankind is and how a real alien landing might occur. It's pretty cynical but I can definitely see the point! The only problem is that the episode is good but not one of the better ones--just pretty ordinary for the show.


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