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Sometimes you have Twilight Zone episodes that are intense like William Friedkin's "Nightcrawlers" while other times you have more comedic and charming ones like "Welcome to Winfield" about a young dying man's "escape from Death", his girlfriend driving him into a sleepy western town known as Winfield where the average age of the every citizen is 112yep, the locals of this western town are also dead, "hiding away" from Death as well. Gerrit Graham, always a treat, is Death, the Grim Reaper as you have never seen him, white suit, tie, even his car, and he is looking for "the boy". Will the town (which includes the wonderful Henry Gibson and scene stealing character actor legend Elijah Cook Jr. (who cannot hold a secret if it he tried, missing teeth, just a blabbermouth the town try to keep quiet, like that is possible)) be able to hide him from Death or is it just a matter of time before he figures out where the young man is being held? Delightful casting is the reason to watch "Welcome to Winfield", because, to be honest, this episode is just an amusing diversion, not particularly powerful or impactful as other Twilight Zone stories had a tendency to be during the 80s revivalnot every episode is designed to make your heart race or cause you to contemplate its meaning afterward. Can you cheat Death? This episode has a funny solution with the town appealing to Death to "look the other way" and let them alone, after a failed, but valiant, effort to keep their secret from him.
I thought this was a neat episode,dude brought out of the deep freeze to destroy the ship that was bringing back the fiends who had left earth, only to return to pick up where they had left off and the only cat to guide the ship home had been thawed, one problem , after he was thawed he was shown what he was bringing back and he had the power to either deliver the creeps or......Needless to say you have to see it for yourself. Scott Wilson has to be the most forgotten, miscast,actor around.This cat has been around forever. He has all the stuff to be the Right Stuff, where movies,TV,stage are concerned.I think he is a man that one could sit down and have a coffee,beer,drink with and just talk about the craft,acting. I have enjoyed everything Mr.Wilson has done for the past 40 years,I sir salute you,Mr.Wilson and remain your humble servant.Thank you so very much.
I'm just now seeing this episode on the Sci-Fi channel's 4th of July
Twilight Zone marathon. I was watching the credits and noticed that
Elisha Cook Jr was the first name listed in the cast only he's listed
as "Elisa Cook".. That sounded more like a woman's name so I watched
and sure enough, its Elisha Cook. Not sure how that misspelling got
past the editors OR Mr Cook, but someone wasn't paying attention.
After seeing several of these episodes, it's interesting to see all the actors who have gone on to bigger and hopefully better things. I have to agree with another review though, some of the episodes are good but for some reason, they really don't compare to the original series.
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Out of the two segments, I was only half-heartedly able to make it through "Welcome to Winfield", a time-space type of story where a modern day Grim Reaper/Angel of Death hunts down his next "chosen" one that hides out in a dusty, backwoods mid-West town that never made it past the mid 1800's. Henry Gibson ("Laugh-In") plays the cloying, yet borderline amusing town sheriff amongst a gaggle of badly stereotyped townsfolk: the town drunk, the assortment of gunslingers, the village idiot(s) and a thinly disguised version of Miss Kitty. It's a town that exists nowhere on a map, yet a modern day teen on the brink of death, played by John Caliri ("Square Pegs") and his over-emotional wife (Joann Willette, from "Just the Ten of Us") escape from his very modern hospital bed into this speck of a town as Mr. Grim Reaper comes in search of him, Mercedes-Benz and all. Well, seems like EVERYONE in town is over 100 years old (yet they don't look it) and will do whatever it takes to spare the young man's life (remember that these folks are not the sharpest tools in the shed--case in point when the sheriff summons his assistant get the dictionary to look up unknown words that are commonplace to us). Will the young man be Mr. Grim Reaper's next victim? Or will the town come through to prevent it? The answer: only in the Twilight Zone......
This Twilight Zone episode featured two segments "Welcome to Winfield"
First up "Welcome to Winfield" is a tale about an angel or agent of death dressed in white who relocates to an old dusty desert town of the old west around cowboys and the local folks. Because his previous try didn't work, really overall a dull and drag of a segment.
Then "Quarantine" is boring and another space tale with Tess Harper with a space engineer who tries to bring good fortune to the future.
Overall a really low key and drag of the series maybe one of the worst episodes.
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