Twilight Zone – The Fear

★★★★1/2 May 29, 1964 Season 5 Episode .35

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This episode goes a bit under the radar compared to others. It’s a good solid effort. Mark Richman as Trooper Robert Franklin and Hazel Court as Charlotte Scott work very well together. Scott is introduced as a bit of a snob but as the show goes on you find out the reason for that. I like the Trooper who isn’t a stereotypical small-time trooper but is smart, does his job well, and is worldly. In between the mysterious events, the two characters always find time to philosophize and bicker with each other but build a good relationship. You end up rooting for both characters as their chemistry builds throughout the show.

The story focuses on the fear of who (or what) is causing disturbances outside of Charlotte’s remote cabin. The two encounter some strange phenomena including flashing lights and strange noises. They eventually see a giant fingerprint on Robert’s car that has been moved. Who or what you will find out in the end. This one is worth investing some time in to watch. 

IMDB Trivia: 

Robert Franklin served in both World War II and the Korean War.

Although never identified as such, Trooper Franklin appears to be a New York state trooper.

Trooper Franklin’s (Peter Mark Richman) badge number is #810 for an unidentified state police agency.

This show was written by Rod Serling 

Rod Serling’s Opening Narration: 

The major ingredient of any recipe for fear is the unknown. And here are two characters about to partake of the meal: Miss Charlotte Scott, a fashion editor, and Mr. Robert Franklin, a state trooper. And the third member of the party: the unknown, that has just landed a few hundred yards away. This person or thing is soon to be met. This is a mountain cabin, but it is also a clearing in the shadows known as the Twilight Zone.

Summary

Trooper Robert Franklin stops by Charlotte Scott’s remote cabin to see if she’s alright. She is a big-city fashion editor who is looking for peace and quiet while Franklin is a local who sees her as a snob. They are soon drawn together when a giant creature seems to appear in the woods just outside Charlotte’s cabin. Franklin’s patrol car is overturned and her telephone is suddenly out of order. Together, they will have to overcome their fears and deal with the extra-terrestrial creature that has appeared, which turns out to be something altogether unexpected.

Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:

Fear, of course, is extremely relative. It depends on who can look down and who must look up. It depends on other vagaries, like the time, the mood, the darkness. But it’s been said before, with great validity, that the worst thing there is to fear is fear itself. Tonight’s tale of terror and tiny people on the Twilight Zone.

CAST

Rod Serling … Host / Narrator – Himself
Peter Mark Richman … Trooper Robert Franklin
Hazel Court … Charlotte Scott

 

Author: Badfinger (Max)

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14 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – The Fear”

  1. All about walking in someone else’s size 112 size shoes, I suppose. Serling was so ahead of his time in trying to offer up both points of view, rather than the standard at the time- ‘Bring in the bazookas, call in the Marines and trust in John Wayne to blow ’em away, no questions asked.’

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    1. I’m writing some about him now….covering the TZ in the TV draft…imagine that! He did what you said without preaching, exaggeration, or shoving his views on people. He used the art of subtlety…and that has been lost somewhat.

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      1. Yes, a lot of try a bit more understanding. Its a wonder he made it on the airwaves with his liberal take on things in the early sixties. Most just assumed everyone from the President down knew what was best for the world. Live TV focusing on an irritating hot spot in Asia soon showed us different though, I guess.
        A good series, and I’m enjoying watching some, if not all . Time, we need more free time…

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  2. Another stellar episode. It’s interesting how, back in the late 50s to mid 60s, Western society was obsessed with outer space and the possibility of attack by aliens or the Russians. Now, 60 years later, we’re more terrified of each other, but, ironically, also the Russians once again.

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