Edward Albert is terrific in this episode of the underrated 80s Twilight Zone series starring as a bitter widower, still, after three years, haunted by the loss of his beloved wife. As Roger Simpson Leads, Albert conveys a tormented man who cannot even touch anyone, now living in a retirement home, who just wishes to be left alone, even as his best friend of twenty years, Frank (a wonderful Barry Morse, of "Space: 1999" fame) tries his damnedest to convince him to break from his grief and move on from the loss. Roger is having troubling nightmares regarding an older woman desperately seeking his help to keep something from escaping from behind a door. When that woman (Frances Hyland), in a wheelchair and mute after the loss of her own husband, is brought in to live next door, Roger will hope to get some answersbut how can he if she doesn't speak? With a message that resonates (it is simply not easy to let go of a loved one you cherish, especially after death), "Dream Me a Life" leaves quite an impression, particularly if you understand the anguish that these characters are going through. How do we, after spending forty/fifty years with that special someone, accept their no longer with us, and somehow adjust to the absence of the love of our life? Albert and Morse share a warm chemistry together even as Roger insists that Frank quit bothering himwhat I really enjoyed was how, no matter what, Frank is loyal to his friend and will continue to badger him so that he can find a peace and relief from the lingering agony. A strong, emotional story with a satisfying conclusion, "Dream Me a Life" should really touch many of viewers who have went through similar ordeals and managed to come to terms with the difficulties of loss, looking towards finding happiness, or, at the very least, living a less miserable existence during the twilight years.
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