When a Naval destroyer picks up a signal from a ship that
sank 20 years ago, a crewman is haunted by a strange memory
buried at the bottom of the sea...
30-Fathom Grave is
the eeriest story to be retold here. More a Tales of the
Unexpected than a Twilight Zone episode - not that
that's a complaint. The twist in the tale is easily explained
away as a natural phenomenon and not some supernatural happening
- unless you really want to believe that it is.
only real gripe is that I wasn't really sure which character
Blair Underwood was supposed to be playing. I couldn't tell
if he was the captain of the ship or the man who starts to
go mad. There seemed to be no clear main character.
from that small complaint this is a great episode which slowly
builds the tension to an exciting climax.
if a genie granted your heart's desire? Is it possible to
wish your way to happiness - or is the hidden price more than
anyone can pay?...
Man in the Bottle puts
a new spin on the old 'Monkey's Paw' urban myth. When a genie
appears and grants four wishes to a kind, and generous middle-aged
couple the consequences soon become apparent. For every positive
wish it seems there is a negative outcome.
story breathes new life into a tired format - which is remarkable
in itself - but the moralistic happy(?) ending is a little
young woman goes gift-shopping in a department store and is
trapped on the ninth floor when the store closes - even though
no such floor exists...
is a rather bizarre tale which sees Kim Fields star as a woman
concerned that she may be going out of her mind. The twist
is rather unexpected and the way the plot unfolds is ingenious
- Fields starts off as a rather stern shopper and slowly becomes
meeker and meeker. Riveting stuff.
year Corwin plays Santa Claus for the kids in a department
store. But this time there may be more presents in Santa's
bag than even he can imagine...
of the Meek sees
a shift in the story telling as we are introduced to a 'sweet'
festive tale that sees an alcoholic with a kind heart do the
whole Miracle on 42nd Street routine. No nasty twist
in the tale, just a heart warming Christmas tale that rounds
off this series perfectly.
the episodes contained here are from original scripts by Rod
Serling and these new recordings go to show how timeless these
stories really are. As
well as a fantastic supporting cast these stories have impressive
sound effects and beautiful scores that help to set the mood.
collection is hampered slightly by the annoying advertisements
that keep interrupting each episode for the shows website
and its official sponsors. This wouldn't be too bad if you
could skip the track, but each story is on a separate disc
which has only one track on it - so it is very difficult to
take a break in the middle of listening to one of the episodes.
annoyance of the advertisements soon disappears as I found
myself automatically tuning out when I got used to them.
is a fantastic collection. Anyone with an interest in science
fiction should get their hands on these recordings.
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