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Twilight Zone Collector's Edition (Little Girl Lost, A Game of Pool, plus 2 others)

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A Twilight Zone Collector's Edition tape

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Two episodes about parental nightmares, one about the ultimate game and an attempt to recapture lost youth

  • Jan 31, 2010
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+5
"Little Girl Lost" features every parent's nightmare; Chris and Ruth Miller are distraught when their young daughter cannot be found. What makes the circumstances unusual is that she vanishes while inside her bedroom and they can still hear her voice. When they cannot think of what else to do they call their friend Bill, a physicist with knowledge of how the universe is put together.
Bill arrives and immediately concludes that some form of portal to another dimension has opened. He immediately discovers the location of the portal on the wall and marks the boundaries. Fortunately, the Miller family has a dog and it is sent through the portal in the belief that its' sense of smell will allow it to better navigate a four-dimensional labyrinth, find the girl and return to normal space.
All parents at some point experience a situation where a young child has inexplicably "vanished" with the resultant brief episode of panic. That appeal to a fundamental reality is what causes this episode to keep the viewer on the edge.
"A Game of Pool" is another example of what can be called "the ultimate game." Jack Klugman plays master pool player Jesse Cardiff, a man that would do anything to play a game against the deceased Fats Brown. Cardiff feels that until he can win such a game, he will never be able to rise to the highest levels in the sport of pool.
To his astonishment, Fats Brown, played by Jonathan Winters, appears and offers him a game. However, the stakes are ultimate, if Cardiff loses, his life is forfeit. After some initial hesitation, Cardiff agrees and the game begins. It is a tough match where the outcome turns out to be something other than what Cardiff thought it would be.
This episode is made intense and riveting by the performances of Klugman and Winters, especially Winters. His was a dramatic role and it stays dramatic. Yet, throughout the game, the wry expressions, eye contact and wording from Winters indicate that there is a joke in there somewhere. It turns out that there is, and Cardiff learns once more that you must be very careful of what you wish for.
"A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain" is another story of the yearning for the recapture of lost youth and past glory. Harmon Gordon, played by Patrick O'Neal is an old man married to a very young wife named Flora, played by Ruta Lee. Flora is completely self-centered, thinking only of herself and completely unsympathetic to her husband's desire to simply relax after work. Unfortunately for Harmon, he is totally in love with Flora, who is totally in love with his money.
"Fortunately" for Harmon, his brother is a scientist/physician working on an experimental serum that may be able to reverse the aging process. When Harmon first makes the request for the serum, his brother refuses, but when Harmon says, "Either give me the serum or I will leap to my death", his brother relents and injects it. The serum works and Harmon is transformed into a handsome young man that Flora adores. However, that is not the end and this episode is made by the lecture that the doctor gives to Flora about the need to grow up and accept the responsibility that comes with our positions and choices.
"It's a Good Life" is another example of a parent's nightmare, the fact that our children may turn out to be monsters. In this case young Anthony is a horrible monster, he possesses great supernatural powers yet has the mind of a child, a mind that cannot take disappointment. At some point, the town of Peaksville was either transported away from Earth or the rest of Earth ceased to exist. All of the people in Peaksville feel forced to constantly tell Anthony that what he has done is good, even when he has killed someone or something. The euphemism is that they were sent to the cornfield. Anthony is so powerful that he can even detect the thoughts of people, so his parents and everyone else can never question anything that he does, even in their minds. It is the ultimate in parental powerlessness over their children.

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