One of the giants of the genre, this is the episode more than any other that draws people in to the Twilight Zone and makes them fans of the series. It is the one that contains the best of everything that makes this series the top shelf that it is.
It’s a simple idea in concept, but the way it is written from start to finish, twining and intertwining the characters and relationships along with their actions based on what is happening around them is just brilliant. You can see the fear and anger that builds from within as each piece of the story falls into place, switching from one person or family to another at the drop of a hat. Right up until the very end of the episode, when all is revealed and the viewer finally understands exactly what is happening and why it is happening, this holds your attention and keeps you questioning the reality of what is occurring.
Rod Serling has written some brilliant episodes, but this is perhaps his masterpiece given the message that it sends amongst all that is occurring within it. The performances of everyone involved also promote it to genuine brilliant status. I can argue for any number of episodes to be in my list of favourites. I don’t think I can argue any of them to be ranked above this one.
Rating: The best. 5/5