You know that in “Spur…,” the older woman is the young woman’s sadder-but-wiser older self, right? I actually love that one.
I’d say *Jess-Belle *and anything having to do with sentient dolls or ventriloquist dummies fits the bill. Oddly, though, the ones about sentient mannekins and toys in Salvation Army collection buckets are fine by me.
I like the one about the old man and his hound who both die while hunting racoons [The Hunt?], but it frankly makes no sense that the only thing keeping the old man from inadvertently entering Hell was that they don’t accept dogs. (If Heaven’s full of other people’s dogs and Hell doesn’t have any, I might just choose the latter for that very reason.)
Oh, I forgot the big-ass ham radio set they use to get their orders from Big Giant Eyeball. Complete with the fake needle-type gauges and panels of blinking lights that all electronic stuff had to have in Fifties/Sixties sci-fi.
I watched Mirror Image and I felt let-down. It’s the one at the bus station where everyone keeps insisting the woman had been there before. She keeps seeing doubles of herself and her luggage.
I thought there was a giveaway at the beginning when she was talking to the clerk and over her shoulder was a sign for the Ladies room, but all you saw was “dies.” I kept thinking her bus ride to Cortland was actually Cortland Cemetery, but it ended with some lame comment about parallel universes or some such thing.
In general, I don’t like any of the episodes involving space. There are some exceptions (I like the one where the guys think they’re on another planet but they’re really on Earth), but generally they’re kind of disappointing.
I just watched the one where the couple was wandering around a mysterious village where everything was fake. I hadn’t seen it before, but the twist was obvious before Rod Serling introduced it. I really find it hard to believe that no one in the 1950s was not able to figure it out.
The one where the monks have captured the devil is also pretty dumb. It’s also obvious from the start what’s going to happen.
I also dislike the one with Burgiss Meredith – Time Enough at Last. The twist is just so gratuitously nasty that it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Also, he’s such a wimp – surely he could find an optomistrists shop and jury rig a new pair.
Twists weren’t as common then as now. We just sat back and enjoyed the ride. Same with One Step Beyond. I tried to watch those awhile back and it was painful, but in the original run, they were lots of fun.