The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)
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The Beacon/One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty 

"The Beacon": A doctor stumbles across an isolated town with a secret. "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty": A troubled writer goes back to his childhood to trace the source of his problems.

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Teddy (segment "The Beacon") (as Vonni Ribisi)
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Townsperson (segment "The Beacon")
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Trooper (segment "The Beacon")
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Townsperson (segment "The Beacon") (as Hayley Taylor-Block)
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The Woman (segment "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty")
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"The Beacon": A doctor stumbles across an isolated town with a secret. "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty": A troubled writer goes back to his childhood to trace the source of his problems.

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In his short story "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty" that the sequence was based on, Harlan Ellison named Jack Wheeldon after a bully he once knew. See more »

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Narrator: [for segment "The Beacon"] They say every road goes somewhere, but that isn't so. Roads are just there. It is we who do the moving. They stop where we stop, not caring whether we follow them to our chosen destination, or... into the Twilight Zone.
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References The Thief of Bagdad (1940) See more »

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The Lottery Redux/You Can Go Home Again
21 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These tales are moderately entertaining. Charles Martin Smith whom I remember from "American Graffitti," plays a doctor whose car breaks down. He wanders into a village where the beacon of a lighthouse decides who lives or dies. Like "The Lottery," it's the theme of "we have always done it this way." In the second one, a guy named Rosenthal is a financial success but gains no joy from his success. Some little tin soldiers hold his ability to return to the past. He meets himself as a child, hoping to change things, but that isn't easy. This is a decent story, superior to the first one, but the message is a bit depressing.


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