Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 17

The Fever

originally aired: January 29, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Everett Sloane, Vivi Janiss

"Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Gibbs, from Elgin Kansas. Three days and two nights, all expenses paid at a Las Vegas hotel, won by virtue of Mrs. Gibbs' knack with a phrase. But unbeknownst to either Mr. or Mrs. Gibbs is the fact that there's a prize in their package neither expected nor bargained for. In just a moment, one of them will succumb to an illness worse than any virus can produce, a most inoperative, deadly, life-shattering affliction known as 'the fever.'"

classification: drama

story: A man enteres a deadly duel of will with a slot machine which seems inbued with an evil life of its own. The machine wins.

my summary: Oh boy. Undeniably WEAK. What an old crab. Gambling, IMMORAL! This from a man? But making bitchy demands of your wife and giving orders is certainly all right. This probably could have been better in the 80s Twilight Zone series, better special effects and all. Blah.

"Mr. Franklin Gibs, visitor to Las Vegas, who lost his money, his reason, and finally his life to an inanimate metal machine variously described as a one-armed bandit, a slot machine, or, in Mr. Franklin Gibbs' words, a monster with a will all its own. For our purposes we'll stick with the latter definition--because we're in The Twilight Zone."