On a pleasant day, the residents of Maple Street feel something akin to a tremor and hear a loud noise. Steve Brand thinks it's a meteorite though they didn't hear a create. When young Tommy tells them the science fiction story he read about an alien invasion where they were first sent among humans to live with them in disguise, paranoia sets in. They first suspect Les Goodman and loudmouth Charlie Farnsworth then points the finger at Steve and then Tommy. Events turn on Charlie as everyone runs amok. Written by
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When the neighbors go over to talk to Les Goodman about his car starting, as he walks onto his porch, you can see his address is 321, and there is a porch light. When he starts to explain his insomnia, you can see there are just holes on the front of the house where the address and light were. Then, as night falls and his wife brings his a glass of milk on the porch, the address and light are there again. See more »
Maple Street, U.S.A. Late summer. A tree-lined little world of front porch gliders, barbecues, the laughter of children, and the bell of an ice cream vendor. At the sound of the roar and the flash of light, it will be precisely 6:43 P.M. on Maple Street.
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This is Maple Street on a late Saturday afternoon. Maple Street in the last calm and reflective moment - before the monsters came.
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Another of the truly classic episodes. It is set on an everyman street in an everyman town. This is on purpose because it's made to show how everyone is a friendly neighbor, washing cars, mowing lawns, doing that day to day stuff. All of a sudden, the power goes out. Not the usual transformer malfunction, but power to everything, even gas engines. It makes no sense to them. Then a boy makes a fatal mistake. He relates a science fiction story and gets them all worked up. Soon they are turning on each other. One engine starts and that person is seen as a threat. They think the monsters are within their mini-culture. It then escalates until each of them begins to believe terrible things about their recently loving friends. A shooting occurs and the world turns into chaos.
I guess a criticism of this would be that it is really simplistic and contrived. How would you get people to act predictably. There are way too many variables, way too many possibilities that could go wrong. Of course, we need to suspend the disbelief to allow it to captivate us. It's one of the most famous of the Twilight Zones and is even anthologized in high school textbooks.
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