Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Revisiting The Twilight Zone: S1 E30: A Stop at Willoughby

Revisiting The Twilight Zone: S1 E30: A Stop at Willoughby

Now we are back on the right track (no pun intended), with an episode that you can once again decide if the star of the episode is simply a victim of his own mind or has skipped over into that other dimension called the Twilight Zone.

Gart Williams is having a tough old time, as often is the case for people in episodes of this series. He’s struggling in the workplace, being driven into the ground by his boss. His protégé has scarpered to another agency with the big account that he gave to him to handle, and his wife is simply a huge pain in the arse. Is it any wonder that he not only has a frayed mental state, but suddenly starts seeing places that aren’t really there? When he falls asleep on the train on the way home, he is jolted away to the stop at Willoughby, which is bathed in sunshine and looks to be a place in the past. Then the jolt of the train moving off bring him back to his ‘reality’. Each time, his determination to get off grows stronger.

Once again the end of the episode ties in nicely to all of these factors. To those present it appears that Williams has simply stepped off the train and died (with the added bonus of the hearse coming from ‘Willoughby & Sons’). But has he actually moved to Willoughby, which resides in the Twilight Zone? Terrific. And well written.

Rating: Tomorrow I might go fishing. 5/5

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