Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.
A man finds himself walking down a country road, not knowing where he is or, for that matter, who he is. He comes across a diner with a jukebox blaring and hot coffee on the stove - only there is no one there. A little further down the road he come to the picturesque town of Oakwood - and finds that it too seems to be deserted. The only sounds he hears are the clock tower in the town square and a a public pay telephone ringing. At the local movie theater, an ad for Battle Hymn (1957) leads him to believe he's in the Air Force. Despite no one being around, he can't shake off the feeling that he's being watched...... Written by
According to a statement by Rod Serling while discussing this episode during a 1975 lecture at Sherwood Oaks College, Earl Holliman was running a temperature of over 100 degrees while this episode was being filmed. See more »
In the police station, Ferris' right hand touches a jail cell bar, causing the entire cell wall to wobble flimsily. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
The place is here, the time is now, and the journey into the shadows that we're about to watch could be our journey.
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Flawed but largely brilliant opener to the greatest TV series of all time. Several of the hallmarks of TZ are in evidence here. The themes of loneliness and identity are obvious, but there is also a satisfying conclusion that neatly makes sense of why the diner, cinema and book-stands but only desolation with regards to human company. Its surprising to notice that most TZ endings are nicely prefigured by events and dialogue when you see them a second time. Some titles even give too much away but happily this title does not. Its clever stuff and there is effective criss-crossing of agoraphobic and claustrophobic moments.
It's commendable that the star, Earl Holliman provided a DVD commentary stating that he could have acted scenes better and that some parts, like the mannequin, don't work. Other actors certainly got to grips with Rod Serling's monologues better, but he does well on the whole. I like that Serling has him quoting the good book ('A Christmas Carol').
A high quality opening for the greatest ever TV achievement.
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