Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 4

The Passersby (6 Oct. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Passersby (original title)

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A Confederate soldier and a widow meet during the end of the Civil War.

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Confederate Sergeant
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Lavinia Godwin
Rex Holman ...
Charlie Constable
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In April 1865, at the end of the North American Civil War, a Confederate Sergeant with other wounded Union and Confederate soldiers, stops to ask the widow Lavinia Godwin for some water. He asks to rest for a while and they talk about the damages of war as she now lives in her destroyed mansion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Austin Green previously played President Abraham Lincoln in Medic: Black Friday (1955). See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: This road is the afterwards of the Civil War. It began at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and ended at a place called Appomattox. It's littered with the residue of broken battles and shattered dreams.
[a Confederate soldier passing by a plantation house stops and has a conversation with the recently widowed owner sitting on the front porch]
Narrator: [narration continues] In just a moment, you will enter a strange province that knows neither North nor South, a place we call - The Twilight ...
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'The last shot of the Civil War'.
27 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Lavinia (Joanne Linville), a Confederate soldier's widow reflects on the suffering at the end of the Civil War. She is steeped in bitterness while watching soldiers pass by on the road.

Rod Serling deals with the subject of war and moving on afterwords. This story is about the need to philosophically appreciate an individual's role in life and not to expect to be untouched by a changing world. Thoughts of personal revenge and feeling the general devastation of the south tend to poison Lavinia's mind. The story unfolds rapidly when, just after Serling's prologue, Lavinia meets a man she knew who had seemingly died in the war, now appearing to be treading the road home to his wife. A fairly similar moment of poignant 'seeing's believing' as when Maggie in 'The Four Of Us Are Dying' seems to meet her deceased love.

Joanne Linville is just right as Lavinia, having often played determined and emotional women with unusual motives in shows like 'Hawaii Five-0', 'The Fugitive','One Step Beyond' and 'Columbo'.

One of Serling's many reflections on war in TZ. A WWII hero, he never glorified anything about it, but wrote very poignantly here, and in 'The Purple Testament', 'The Changing of the Guard' and others.


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