Revisiting The Twilight Zone: S05E30: Stopover in a Quiet Town
How often have you watched a Twilight Zone episode, and know exactly what has happened and what is going to happen within the first sixty seconds of the show opening? I guess there were a few times this happened for me, but certainly this episode seemed to give it away very very quickly. Not that it made the episode any less enjoyable, but knowing what was occurring maybe helped or maybe didn’t.
From the start it was obvious that ‘something’ had happened. Our couple woke up in their clothes from the previous night, neither could remember how they got there, and the house and town they had woken up in was completely deserted, except for the occasional laughter from a child that seemed to be coming from everywhere. Got the drift yet? Yeah, I thought you might. We’ve been picked up by a spaceship, we’ve been taken to another planet, and we are now the play things of a giant girl in her own play city.
Don’t get me wrong, the set-up is done well, and especially when they get on the train at Centreville, and they just do a loop and end up back at Centreville. And the protagonists are well played in dramatic style without getting terse with each other which seems to be the way these stories usually run. Despite its predictability it is one of the better episodes of season 5.
Rating: Probably should have gotten a hotel room. 5/5