The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Valley of the Shadow 

A reporter stumbles into a peaceful town where miracles seem to occur due to technology and the townsfolk won't let him leave.

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Ellen Marshall
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Father
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Off the beaten path, reporter Philip Redfield stops in a small town, (Peaceful Valley), to gas up and perhaps get a bite to eat. When his dog Rollie runs off in pursuit of a cat, a young girl, Cissie, points a device at the animal and makes it disappear. Her father brings the dog back - but Philip 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 garykmcd/edited by canadazbest

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17 January 1963 (USA)  »

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The title comes from the King James Version of the 23rd Psalm in the Hebrew Bible. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." See more »

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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 »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: 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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'We have machines for so many things but I cant make this feeling stop'.
28 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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