Revisiting The Twilight Zone: S4 E18: The Bard
Hurrah! We've had plenty of criss-crossing episodes that have Death or the Devil becoming involved, and always for the worst possible outcome for those that have summoned them. However, using black magic to summon people into the world to help out with their work... well, we haven't had that. Until now.
Still, how far into the unbelievable do we want to swing? Do we really think William Shakespeare is going to write a brilliant sitcom? Do we think it will be accepted and work? Do we think Burt Reynolds is really going to do a Marlon Brando impersonation for the entire episode? It seems like a stretch, but then again it isn't being played straight, it is being played for laughs. And there are a couple. The question as to whether it holds your attention enough is open to the watcher. I didn't mind it, but I guess it was slightly more unbelievable than even a Twilight Zone episode can be - especially in the reactional change of those around the protagonist.
Rating: What light from yonder window breaks? 3/5