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
This is the episode that sold the series to sponsors skeptical of Serling's offbeat ideas. The money men were afraid that audiences would be confused by an untried concept for 1950's TV-- adult science fiction. After seeing this, they decided to take a chance. The result, of course, is classic television that endures to the present day.
Inventive direction by Robert Stevens holds audience interest spellbound, as we try to figure out where all the people in the deserted town have gone. They're there, somewhere, but where-- why else the singing coffee pot, the smoking cigarette, the optometrist's eye, and the other tip-offs. Then too, there are the off-angle camera shots that further heighten audience anxiety. I wouldn't be surprised this was the first use of such camera trickery in a series from that era. The ending too, is very plausible and well done, perfectly consistent with the spirit of the time which I'm sure was a selling point. Something should also be said about Bernard Hermann's incredibly eerie musical score, which moves us even further into this uncharted land. There may be other episodes as good as this, but in my book there are none better.
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