Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Twilight Zone - Episode 5 - Walking Distance
He goes to the drug store and is surprised to find that the owner, Mr.Wilson (Patrick O'Malley) , whom he remembered as being dead, is alive and well. He walks to the park and see's himself as a boy. He follows is Young Martin (Michael Montgomery) to his childhood home and meets his parents.....exactly as they were when he was a boy. He tries to tell them that he is their son, all grown up, but needless to say that doesn't exactly go over well.
I love this episode. It speaks volumes to me. As I mentioned above, I've wished that I could go back and be a kid again. I've longed to go back in time and feel the freedom of no responsibilities. When I would get upset that I couldn't do something that the big kids were doing, my mother would always say to me "Don't be in a rush to grow up, you can only be a child once." While my wife may make the argument that mentally, I still remain a child (and it's true...I'm a giant man-child and proud of it, damnit!), your childhood does slip away from you faster every year until one day you wake up and you're in your 30's.
Wow, we went deep this time, didn't we? We dealt with psychological issues, pedophiles who diddly their younger selves, personal happiness, nostalgia.....this was just jam packed with goodness. But like all good things, it must come to an end and so I leave you with:
- Originally aired October 30th, 1959
- Bernard Herrmann (he composed the iconic Psycho music) composed the score for this episode.
- Time Magazine listed this episode as the ninth best of the whole series.
- This is J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Star Trek) favorite episode. In his film Super 8, the military launches an operation code named Walking Distance.
Phantoms from the Celluloid Crypt:
Gig Young -starred in the 1967 shocker The Shuttered Room. He also appeared in the Kraft Suspense Theater episode "The End of the World, Baby" and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "A Piece of the Action."
Patrick O'Malley - also appeared in the Twilight Zone episodes "Static" and "Back There". Keep an eye out for him as The Baggage Man in the original 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers. His filmography is quite extensive....he took and unaccredited role in The Phantom Creeps (AMI Cheif in Chapter 12) and even appeared in the 1916 version of The Picture of Dorian Gray as Sybil Vane. All in all he has 419 film acting credits to his name!