Every week on The Twilight Zone Zone, we go down Donald Liebenson's list The 26 Episodes We Talk About When We Talk About The Twilight Zone from Vanity Fair, chronologically by release date and compare two episodes and choose which one to recommend. This week we watched “One for the Angels” and "Walking Distance."
From the article:
“One for the Angels”
Throughout the series, Serling and company displayed great compassion for society’s seemingly commonplace and unimportant denizens. Case in point: Sidewalk pitchman Lou Bookman (a perfectly cast Ed Wynn), who outwits Death to earn a stay on Earth—but at what price? The Twilight Zone could make you scream, but there are several episodes, like this one, that can also make you cry.
Gig Young stars as Martin Sloan, age 36, an ad man “living in a dead run,” who finds himself back in his hometown during the summer when he was 11 years old. This is the best of Serling’s midlife-crisis reveries—certainly more optimistic than the downbeat “A Stop at Willoughby.” Between Serling’s poetic closing narration and Bernard Herrmann’s moving score, if you cried at the end of Field of Dreams, this episode will wreck you.
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