An old woman who lives alone in a ramshackle farm house comes face to face with alien invaders. She hears something on her roof and then finds a flying saucer, perhaps six or seven feet across from which emerges two small robots. She fights them as best she can and eventually succeeds in destroying their ship. The nature of the invaders however is not immediately obvious however. Written by
This may be attributable to artistic license, however Rod appears in his prologue on the same visual scale as the old woman. Technically as a human he should have appeared on the scale of the invaders since he appears in front of the house, however that may have revealed the plot. See more »
[only lines in episode except for the opening and closing narration]
Central control. Come in, Central Control. Do you read me? Gresham is dead. Repeat, Gresham is dead. The ship's destroyed. Incredible race of giants here. Race of giants. No, Central Control. No counterattack. Repeat, no counterattack. Too much for us. Too powerful. Stay away. Gresham and I, we're finished... finished. Stay away... stay away.
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This is frequently put near the top of the list of Twilight Zone episodes. It isn't so much the plot which follows the Rod Serling formula. It is the performance of this wonderful actress. The principle character deals with an unknown threat. She is also unknown and nondescript. She could be trying to get a fox out of the hen house rather than dealing with a flying saucer. She uses incredible facial expressions and battles her "adversary." One really feels for the people on board the space ship. They are innocent victims, but instead of making their presence known to a government agency, they are at war with a citizen, a really big one.
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