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
Although this was the first aired episode of The Twilight Zone (1959), it is not the first one written. Rod Serling wrote an episode called "The Happy Place", which was rejected because of its subject matter (a society where people were executed when they turned 60), which was considered too depressing. See more »
When Ferris is in the phone booth and hangs up the phone, a man with dark hair and glasses can be seen in the reflection of the door glass. See more »
[to his reflection]
I'm sorry, old buddy; I don't recollect the name. The face is vaguely familiar but the name escapes me.
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This was the pilot episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and lovers of the series should be thankful this episode came first, as it helped to sell the series to network bigwigs. While it is not the best episode they made, it is among the better ones, though because of the way this particular show was constructed it's not nearly as enjoyable to watch again and again, since the surprise ending is no longer a surprise.
Earl Holliman stars as a lonely astronaut who comes back to Earth and finds that everyone is gone. Much of the episode is spent with his running about town looking for someone...anyone so that he knows that he's not 100% alone. Holliman's acting and the direction of this episode are superb and it's one you must see at least once.
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