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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'We have machines for so many things but I cant make this feeling stop'.
The words above are spoken by Ellen (Natalie Trundy), who is telling Peaceful Valley's newest resident that she loves him. Redfield (Ed Nelson) is a reporter who stumbles upon a secluded paradise. Enormous scientific advances have been made for the benefit of this town only.You should feel deja vu when James Doohan sort of 'beams up' a dog.
I like this entry a lot because of the position of choice it puts Redfield in. The case for not sharing the technology with the wider world is put well by the town's mayor. Some very good questions are raised by this story. What would be the worth of a Redfield's novel in a perfect world? Can you live in denial of compassion for suffering humans when you have the answers? Can man ever be trusted with extreme power?
However, these questions are often overshadowed by the ambiguity of the ending. Some call it one way. Some call it another. I will give nothing away, except to say for me it is clear, and for that answer as Shakespeare wrote 'look to the lady'.
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