The Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 22

Room 2426 (11 Feb. 1989)

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Biochemist Martin Decker is imprisoned, interrogated, and tortured, but still refuses to reveal a secret formula to his captors. However, his new cell mate's knowledge of teleportation of living matter may provide him with an escape route.

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Martin Decker
Brent Carver ...
Josef
Peter Boretski ...
Olstroff
Walter Massey ...
Professor
Nicholas Pasco ...
Orderly #1
Al Therrien ...
Orderly #2
Robin Ward ...
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Biochemist Martin Decker is imprisoned, interrogated, and tortured, but still refuses to reveal a secret formula to his captors. However, his new cell mate's knowledge of teleportation of living matter may provide him with an escape route.

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Room 2426
21 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dean Stockwell stars as a scientist who has a notebook with a formula that could provide the government with a secret weapon which could kill millions. Martin Decker (Stockwell) is buried away in a rat'n'roach infested prison, everyday questioned, tortured through the use of a device which sends electrodes into his brain, and injected with truth serum just so the evil Dr. Olstroff (Peter Boretski) can gain access to his secret notebook containing the formula his government so anxiously covets. A new cellmate is tossed in the clink with Decker, Josef (Brent Carver), who claims he can teleport himself anywhere through thought and total belief. Will Decker have the faith to believe what seems like utter foolishness, the ravings of a possible loon? Well in "Room 2426", Martin might just become desperate enough to listen.. Thanks to the distressing environment of Decker's predicament, "Room 2426" leaves quite an impression as our hero seems destined to suffer agonizingly for the concealment of a formula which carries the threat of genocide if his government so wishes to use such a weapon, contained in written word in a notebook carrying chemical equations. Stockwell's character certainly endures his share of torture, latched to a chair as Olstroff, conveyed in up-close facial shots and shadowed from afar as if he were a mental patient's worse nightmare made flesh, performs procedures that force even the most strong-willed to buckle under the pressure. It is to Decker's credit that he can indeed tolerate a substantial amount of pain and agony because he knows what the formula could cause if fallen into the wrong hands. The teleportation technique is another device perfectly suited for The Twilight Zone to tell a story; whether this is real or imagined, the teleportation provides a possible rescue for Decker and that is all a viewer can really hope for considering what he must go through. The presentation of Decker's cell and the torture room is quite disturbing.


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