The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 6

Memories (29 Oct. 1988)

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A regression therapist wakes up in a world in which everyone can recall their past lives.

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Barbara Stock ...
Mary McNeal
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Jim Sinclair
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Judy Sinclair ...
Lorraine Gustin
Deidre Flanagan ...
Mrs. Vivencore
Lucy Filippone ...
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A regression therapist wakes up in a world in which everyone can recall their past lives.

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The title comes the song "Memory" from the musical "Cats" written by Andrew Lloyd Webber which was based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The musical ran for decades in both New York and London. See more »

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Past Forgotten
27 August 2010 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Philosophic based "New Twilight Zone" episode about how there are things that are better forgotten then rediscovered; Like our many past lives that we lived since the dawn of time.

Mary McNeal, Barbara Stock, is a past life regression therapist who uses the past lives of her patients to cure them of any hangups they now have in the present. It seems to work for Mary's patients so she tries to regress herself back to her past lives in order to help herself as well. What in fact happens to Mary is that she goes forward not back in time where past life regression has become obsolete with everyone but herself knowing their previous existences. Which in fact effects their lives now with disastrous results!

Picked up by the local authorities in her not remembering her past lives Mary is accused of hiding something from them. It's unheard of a person not knowing his or her past lives unless he or she has something to hide! Like being the reincarnating of Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin! As Mary is put on strong medication,like truth serum,it becomes apparent that she's telling the truth. And with that she's asked by those interrogating her Jim Sinclair and Mr. Vigilante, Nigel Bennett & James Kidnie, to not only help them forget their past lives but everyone else she'll treat now as a now past erasing, not regression, therapist!

This "New Twilight Zone" episode shows us as well as Mary McNeal how both dangerous as well as silly it is to try to find ourselves in the past lives that we lived over the centuries. All it does is estranges us from the lives were living now which in many cases aren't all that much better! And worst of all it takes away our fear of the unknown or of death that in knowing that we only have one life to live we'll not be so ready to throw it away if it's not as good as we want it to be in order to be reincarnated into a much better life in the future which we have no guarantee of.

In the end Mary now with a better outlook on life as well as life after death helps those who want to forget their past lives so they can go on both concentrating and living their present ones.


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