Revisiting The Twilight Zone: S4 E12: I Dream of Genie
In a twist on the usual 'genie in the lamp' stories, our hero George P. Hanley is as usual a down-on-his-luck kinda guy who comes to possess a mystical lamp. When the genie appears (wonderfully played by the droll Jack Albertson) he is informed that he only gets one wish (people have misused the old three wishes theory) so to use it wisely.
He imagines himself with the three usual trappings of such a predicament of love, money and power. What realises from his imaginings is that in the long run, he isn't cut out for any of those things. So what does he do? Something completely original - to become the genie of the lamp, and be the one who grants those wishes! Terrific. A great end to an imaginative story. Once again it was probably padded out too long, but for a different take on this story it was enjoyable to watch.
Rating: Open Sesame! 4/5