The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 15

Monsters!/A Small Talent for War/A Matter of Minutes (24 Jan. 1986)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery
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Emile Francis Bendictson appears to be a kind senior citizen, but there's more to him than meets the eye in MONSTERS! In A SMALL TALENT FOR WAR, an alien ambassador attends a meeting of the... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Emile Francis Bendictson (segment "Monsters!")
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Toby Michaels (segment "Monsters!")
Kathleen Lloyd ...
Mrs. Michaels (segment "Monsters!")
Bruce Solomon ...
Mr. Michaels (segment "Monsters!")
Lewis Dauber ...
Lou Calderon (segment "Monsters!")
Mary Margaret Lewis ...
Liz (segment "Monsters!")
Roger Hampton ...
Mover #1 (segment "Monsters!")
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Neighbor #1 (segment "Monsters!")
Teryn Jenkins ...
Neighbor #2 (segment "Monsters!")
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Alien Ambassador (segment "A Small Talent for War")
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American Ambassador Fraser (segment "A Small Talent for War")
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Russian Diplomat (segment "A Small Talent for War")
Fran Bennett ...
UN Chairman (segment "A Small Talent for War")
José Angel Santana ...
Aide (segment "A Small Talent for War") (as José Santana)
Gillian Eaton ...
British Delegate (segment "A Small Talent for War")
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Emile Francis Bendictson appears to be a kind senior citizen, but there's more to him than meets the eye in MONSTERS! In A SMALL TALENT FOR WAR, an alien ambassador attends a meeting of the United Nations. In A MATTER OF MINUTES, Michael and June Wright awaken to find their home overrun by faceless laborers. Written by Anonymous

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"Monsters!" has no narration, at either the beginning or the end. Neither "A Small Talent for War" nor "A Matter of Minutes" have an opening narration. See more »

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When the mother comes to give the kid medicine, it is 12:05. When the clock shows again, right after he takes the pills, it changes from 12:06 to 12:07. Then when the kid asks what midnight is, right after the pills, the clock shows the time change from 12:09 to 12:10 - a very quick time change. See more »

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Almost entirely lacklustre, 2/3 bad
1 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

MONSTERS! is the opening story of episode 15 of series 1 of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. It's a quaint, family-focused storyline which reminded me of Stephen King in some ways. A monster-obsessed boy (with whom I am sure many viewers will empathise) discovers that his kindly grandfather is in fact a vampire, but one far removed from the pages of film and fiction. This effort puts a nice spin on the vampire mythos even if the execution is middling at best.

A SMALL TALENT FOR WAR is the middle story of episode 15 of series 1 of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE and it's a real bore. I'm glad all of the stories weren't like this as it would have made the series unwatchable, but there certainly did seem to be a lot of padding in this series and this is one of the fillers.

The story - not that there is one - is set at a UN conference where the delegation is interrupted by the arrival of an alien with a message to the assembled humans about their warring nature. Unlike THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, there's a twist here, although it's silly enough not to have been worth bothering with. And that's the problem with the story - if I had been a story producer I would have read it and thrown it away as unfilmable, but someone must have thought otherwise.

The final segment of the episode, A MATTER OF MINUTES, is a comedic tale in which a suburban couple are transported to a future where they must discover a new way of life. Again, the acting is cheey in this episode, and you'll left wondering why they bothered.


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