Season 1: Episode 4: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine
This is another of those early episodes of the series that, while it probably fulfilled the brief of the Twilight Zone in that something happened that involved crossing or passing through the Zone, it doesn’t rank highly in terms of the best around.
What I do like is that it involves the strong will – deranged or otherwise – of the protagonist, wishing and wanting for something to occur (in this instance, the return to the days of yore and youth) and through that strength of will (in the Twilight Zone) making it happen. And that’s what helps keep this episode alive throughout. The apparent disintegration of Barbara Jean’s sanity as she wishes for the past glories, while those who are close around her trying to help her deal with that, and yet in the end she succeeds in the impossible.
Like I said, it isn’t anywhere near the top of my list, but the fantasy yet completely believable conclusion in Twilight Zone terms makes this bearable on the odd occasion.
Rating: Capturing the light of youth.