On the back roads, trying to find his way back home, reporter Philip Redfield and his dog, Rollie, stop in the small town of Peaceful Valley, for gas and food, and directions. When Rollie runs off in pursuit of a cat, a young girl points a device at the dog, and he disappears. Though her father brings Rollie back, Philip finds it all very strange. When Phillip tries to leave town, his car crashes into an invisible barrier, preventing his departure. Shaken up, the town's mayor, Dorn, reveals their secret, and gives Philip the choice; join them or die.Written by
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You've seen them. Little towns, tucked away far from the main roads. You've seen them, but have you thought about them? Have you wondered what the people do in such places, why they stay? Philip Redfield thinks about them now, and he wonders, but only very late at night, when he's between wakefulness and sleep - in The Twilight Zone.
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'We have machines for so many things but I cant make this feeling stop'.
The words above are spoken by Ellen (Natalie Trundy), who is telling Peaceful Valley's newest resident that she loves him. Redfield (Ed Nelson) is a reporter who stumbles upon a secluded paradise. Enormous scientific advances have been made for the benefit of this town only.You should feel deja vu when James Doohan sort of 'beams up' a dog.
I like this entry a lot because of the position of choice it puts Redfield in. The case for not sharing the technology with the wider world is put well by the town's mayor. Some very good questions are raised by this story. What would be the worth of a Redfield's novel in a perfect world? Can you live in denial of compassion for suffering humans when you have the answers? Can man ever be trusted with extreme power?
However, these questions are often overshadowed by the ambiguity of the ending. Some call it one way. Some call it another. I will give nothing away, except to say for me it is clear, and for that answer as Shakespeare wrote 'look to the lady'.
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