Off the beaten path, reporter Philip Redmond stops in a small town, Peaceful Valley, to gas up and perhaps get a bite to eat. When his dog Rollie runs off after a cat, a young girl, Cissy, points a device at the animal and makes it disappear. Her father brings the dog back but Phil finds it all very strange. When he tries to leave town, his car crashes into an invisible barrier preventing his departure. He's shaken up and the town's mayor, Dorn, reveals their secret to him. Philip is given the choice to join them or die - and chooses the former, though human instincts soon take hold forcing a confrontation. Written by
Sissy Johnson's dad is played by James Doohan, who also plays Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the engineer of Star Trek (1966)'s Starship Enterprise. The technology displayed at Peaceful Valley has its equivalent in the Federation universe: the device that breaks atomic structure and puts it together again (transporters), the one that creates objects from "statements" about atomic structure (replicators) and the invisible walls (force fields). See more »
When Philip Redfield first pulls into the gas station, he gets out and opens the radiator cap to check the water level. Opening the cap on a car that has just been driven causes hot water to rush out, but this didn't happen. Also the cap itself would have been burning hot. See more »
You've seen them. Little towns, tucked away far from the main roads. You've seen them, but have you thought about them? What do the people in these places do? Why do they stay? Philip Redfield never thought about them. If his dog hadn't gone after the cat, he would have driven through Peaceful Valley and put it out of his mind forever. But he can't do that now, because whether he knows it or not, his friend's shortcut has led him right into the capital of the Twilight Zone.
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Ed Nelson stars as newspaperman Philip Redfield who finds himself lost and car out of gas in a small secluded town in the middle of nowhere. After an incident involving his dog, he becomes suspicious of this place(called Peaceful Valley) and is determined to investigate, though the town leaders(led by David Opatoshu) try in vain to get him to drop it, and having learned their secret, Philip may have to stay there for good, though an attractive woman named Ellen Marshall(played by Natalie Trundy) may make his imprisonment tolerable. Interesting tale sets up more than it pays off, with a few loose ends and oddities, but remains an acceptable episode with an ambiguous ending(to some!)
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