Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries: Episode 26

The Big, Tall Wish

originally aired: April 8, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Ivan Dixon, Steven Perry

"In this corner of the universe, a prize fighter named Bolie Jackson, one hundred eighty-three pounds and an hour and a half from a comeback at St. Nick's arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who by the standards of his profession is an aging, over-the-hill relic of what was and who now sees a reflection of a man who has left too many pieces of his youth before too many screaming people. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who might do well to look for some gentle magic in the hard-surfaced glass that stares back at him."

classification: drama

story: A child's faith helps an aging boxer win his last match.

my summary: So far the best thing about this episode is how instead of showing the actual punches in the ring the director closes in on the audience's reactions. The stop during the KO is also brilliant; cutting back to Henry wishing and again fans' reactions. Technically, a good episode. Story rather boring, though.

"Mr. Bolie Jackson, one hundred eighty-three pounds. Who left a second chance lying in a heap on a rosin-spattered canvas at St. Nick's arena. Mr. Bolie Jackson, who shares the most common ailment of all men, the strange and perverse disinclination to believe in a miracle, the kind of miracle to come from a little boy, perhaps only to be found in The Twilight Zone."