Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 20


originally aired: February 19, 1960
written by: Charles Beaumont
starring: Cecil Kelloway, Jeff Morrow

"The time is the day after tomorrow. The place: a far corner of the universe. The cast of characters: three men lost amongst the stars, three men sharing the common urgency of all men lost--they're looking for home. And in a moment they'll find home, not a home that is a place to be seen but a strange, unexplainable experience to be felt."

classification: science fiction

story: Three astronauts become stranded on a planet of motionless figures; it turns out to be a cemetary. The android caretaker poisons them and, fulfilling their wish to go home, places their preserved bodies at the controls of their ship.

my summary: Pretty damned creepy, like that short story about the grandma who would poison all her visitors with cyanide (tastes like bitter almonds in the tea?) WHO WROTE THAT? ANYONE KNOW? I want to read it again. The wax figures are very disturbing. Ick. Charles Beaumont's episodes are always the best. He is one of my most beloved writer-idols.

"Kirby, Webber, and Meyers, three men lost. They shared a common wishe, a simple one, really. They wanted to be aboard their ship, headed for home. And fate, a laughing fate, a practical jokester with a smile that streched across the stars, saw to it that they got their wish, with just one reservation: the wish came true, but only in The Twilight Zone."