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 »
Before the car accident, the vehicle had roll down windows. After the car accident, the vehicle had power windows. 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? Have you wondered what the people do in such places, why they stay? Philip Redfield thinks about them now, and he wonders, but only very late at night, when he's between wakefulness and sleep - in The Twilight Zone.
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Once again we have the "stranger in a strange land" motif. Ed Nelson, a reporter, finds himself, along with his dog, in a small town where there are strange goings on. If it were not for the dog chasing a cat and a little girl taking out a device and making the dog disappear, he would have gone his merry way. Unfortunately, his reporter instincts and his own stubbornness cast him into danger. He finds himself trapped in the town with his fate being determined by some sort of town council. Initially, he starts investigating and then later fears for his life. The hotel has no room; there is no restaurant; people act strangely and inhospitably; and a series of events confuse things further. There are some pitfalls in the plot. If these people are so protective of their town and their secrets, why not create a little better facade. It is their overall demeanor that attracts, rather than repels, the outsiders. The ending is also rather surprising because if they had the power they used, why couldn't they have employed it all along. Nevertheless, it is very interesting and engaging.
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