Who doesn’t like a tale about a fortune teller who can see the future and wants to mess with your life? This is a nice variation on the theme that keeps you intrigued to the end without requiring a massive twist to make it enjoyable.
Watching a very young William Shatner playing the lead role along with Patricia Breslin as his young wife, they are particularly good as the couple whose car breaks down in a small town, and while waiting for it to be fixed they stop for lunch in a café that has a fortune telling machine on their table, and by feeding in a coin and asking a question it will pop out a card with its answer on it. Their initial fun turns to morbid curiosity when the answers they get to their questions turn out true. Don in particular in dragged in under its spell, especially when the machine informs them they must not leave before 3pm.
The story is well written and covers all the areas you would expect it to go. The end of the episode surprised me a little, as I expected Don and Pat to be all consumed by the machine and meet some terrible doom. Of course, being the Twilight Zone, there is still someone else’s story that can be tied up in it as well.
Rating: The seer of all in its domain. 4/5