Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Martin Sloan (Gig Young), a 36-year-old executive, stops in a fuel station. He's very confused, behaves in a strange way and makes a lot of noise to get the attention from the employee. Far away is the sight of his native town, Homewood, and he's very curious about all the kinds of things that shaped his childhood. Martin adventures to take a closer look, and first he goes to an old shop where he used to get a large-sized ice cream. Martin gets surprised to see that the old attendant still runs the place, with old prices. Walking in the streets, Martin meets with a kid, who is his old neighbor. It is then that he finds he's in 1934, when he was only 15-years-old. Things get complicated when he bumps into the young Martin, follows him to his house and meets with his parents. They won't believe him when Martin says he's in fact their grown up son. Later, Martin insists in talking with young Martin. He finds him in a carousel, where the child gets hurt after falling from there and ... Written by
You have to leave here. There's no room, there's no place. Do you understand that?
I see that now, but I don't understand. Why not?
I guess because we only get one chance. Maybe there's only one summer to every customer. That little boy, the one I know - the one who belongs here - this is *his* summer, just as it was yours once. Don't make him share it.
Martin, is it so bad where you're from?
I thought so, Pop. I've been living on a dead run, and I was tired. And one ...
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Perhaps the most richly artistic of all the TZ episodes. Gig Young's harassed advertising executive is undergoing a mid-life crisis when he finds himself next to the town he grew up in. Naturally, he's drawn back to the boyhood innocence of long ago as relief from the fast-paced pressures of an empty adult life. I suspect Serling reached deep within himself for this one.The half-hour is a near-perfect blend of script, atmosphere, and direction, with a subtly moving music score to deepen the mood of days gone by. Notice how subtly Young is transported back in time and how expertly the camera moves in for close-ups at the right emotional moment. The nighttime encounter bringing Young together with his father (Frank Conroy) is one of the most poignant in a series not known for highlighting such sensitive passages. It's also a moment of wonderfully understated high drama that I would think touches a near universal chord. There was always something deeply melancholic about Gig Young the person that comes through on the screen. Here he's perfectly cast and as a result adds greatly to the compelling mood. This may not be the creepiest, scariest, or most suspenseful entry, but it may be the most touching and artistically complete.
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