Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.
Almost all of the men in season one, introduced by Rod Serling's opening narration, were described as all being thirty-six-years-old. See more »
[Opening narration - season 2]
You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!
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This episode begins in the foyer of Mr Williams' personal and
professional fatigue...This dilemma transcends the cumbersome nuisance
of an encroaching mid-life crisis..It is far more fatal!!..Mr Williams
is cannonaded by being under constant scrutiny at his high profile job,
and this undue stress takes a toll on his physical health as well as
his mental resolve...Pressure from all sides has made Williams acutely
aware of his actual breaking point...This Twilight Zone episode
brilliantly depicts how a man who has sophisticated Connecticut
suburbia by the throat can be the well deserved recipient of self
As Williams is returning home from work one evening, he falls asleep
and has a dream about a town called Wiloughby...In this dream the train
stops at a town named Wiloughby, which is a quaint little town in the
late 1800's...Wiloughby "Where a man can live his life full measure"..
Wiloughby is a simplistic and serene utopia.. Small town America in the
late 1800's?.. No flu shots, no air conditioning, no television,
abhorrent racial intolerance and non-refrigerated food!!..yet for
Williams, Wiloughby represents an innocence and happiness that is right
out of a Currier and Ives painting!!
When Mr Williams arrives home, he tells his wife about his dream!!!
Let's first meet the wife...She is a preoccupied virago who is consumed
by material accoutrement as a way of flaunting accomplishment and
success...Her brow beaten husband's accomplishment and success!! It is
Chateaubriand every Friday at the Country Club and clothes from Peck
and Peck just to brandish a badge of prestige, her avaricious nature is
solely for the purpose of nurturing the shallow virtue of vanity!!
As the husband explores the conundrum of climbing the corporate ladder,
the wife merely purports her husband's social isolation and emotional
neglect and relegates it to indignant and precocious whining...She
perceives the town he manufactured in a dream called Wiloughby, as an
escapist panacea which serves as a subterfuge for averting the reality
of executive level competition!!
Returning home once again, Mr Williams has a dream about Wiloughby and
now he is determined to get off the train and visit Wiloughby should he
have this dream ever again!!...Increased pressure from his job and a
total lack of empathy from everyone around him intensify his desire to
change his life!!...He gives his wife one final plea to support his
mixed feelings about everything...This completely backfires and she
makes it perfectly clear as she previously stated, that she wants no
part of a man "who's big dream in life is to be Huckleberry Finn"...It
is important to note that William's wife is not impervious to what he
is saying, she understands fully of what he is saying and resolutely
Now being pressured from all sides to the point whereby a head vice
seems like a Tonka Toy...Mr Williams once again falls asleep on the
train and decides to get off at Wiloughby (The manufactured town in his
persistent dreams)...To Williams, he has now entered the citadel of
respite and solace...To the real world Mr Williams has committed
suicide...For now, Mr Williams is in the world he wants to be!!
This Twilight Zone episode illustrates how being raptured up in white
collar slavery can often times lead to being trounced by
recrimination!! As a result, it is easy to lose sight of what is truly
important to you!! Now all of a sudden, the joy of heartfelt laughter,
and human compassion seem like old relics!!...A mandated life of
affluence can be the insidious assassin to happiness, as well as a
ruthless vitiation to a tolerable perseverance!!
The Twilight Zone episode "Stop at Wiloughby" is loosely based on Rod
Serling's life in terms of the pressure he faced while doing Twilight
Zone!! It is very ironic that this episode premiered on CBS the day I
was born!!...Rod Serling's articulation of the social climbing America
is done up to perfection in this episode!! Carrying across an idea that
is prolific and socially astute in nature is difficult enough on it's
own right, but when you are continually interrupted every twelve
minutes by commercials about bleach detergent, chocolates that taste
homemade, and Mercury Convertibles, it is seemingly far more difficult
or next to impossible...Rod Serling somehow finds a way to convey his
message and flawlessly...This is my second favorite Twilight Zone
Episode of all time...I love it, but then again I love a lot of them!!
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