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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Jack Kehoe ...
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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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One tale good, one tale bad, makes for an average episode
29 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One good, one bad segment make up this eleventh episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE. Things start off on a strong footing with THE BEACON, which is one of those classic horror tales in which a stranger arrives in a small town only to find that the entire town is hiding a dark secret which soon becomes apparent as the narrative progresses.

The story has a better cast than usual for this TV series, with the underrated Charles Martin Smith standing out as the protagonist. There's a welcome role for Martin Landau as a town elder and watch out for a youthful Giovanni Ribisi in an early supporting role.

The second story is the poorly-titled ONE LIFE, FURNISHED IN EARLY POVERTY and it's a real stinker. It involves a kid who's subjected to bullying and harassment which affects his later life, but then he discovers way to go back in time and change things. Nothing in the story makes much sense and it's a real chore to sit through.


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