The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 11

The Beacon/One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty (6 Dec. 1985)

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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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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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A strange village of evil light/ And a trip back in time to childhood to confront your past problems and feel happy about the present.
10 December 2007 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This episode from "The New Twilight Zone" featured two okay segments yet neither were great they were titled "The Beacon" and "One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty".

The first "The Beacon" is a strange tale of a doctor whose car breaks down on a wooded and hill like California road. Only once he crosses a posted fence he finds a new land awaits with strange houses and crazy looking people. He certainly feels out of place the only good he feels as if he can heal the sick. Veteran actor Martin Landau stars too as an old village person. This ends rather strangely as a bright light of sun seems to give this place special powers and doom strangers.

Second a little bit better tale with a writer(Peter Riegert) who now living successful on the California coast decides to return back to his old childhood home in Ohio and face past secrets and find buried memories. This episode proves that many times people go back and face their past to finally achieve comfort and become at peace. Yet sending a strong message showing that our past problems and struggles with family and finding acceptance among our peers isn't what matters it's only that we must prove life to ourself and then we grow comfortable with who we have become by answering and being happy to our own life and way of living. Good segment.


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