Tuesday, August 11, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Twilight Zone (Season Finale)

The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 10 “You Might Also Like” (B)

This show tends to have two different types of setups: where a person experiences something weird in a normal world and where a person living in a weird world starts realizing that they’re not acting normal. The first two episodes of season two that I watched – “Meet in the Middle” and “The Who of You” – fell into the former category, while this one is firmly in the latter. I tend to prefer the former, but I can appreciate the construction of an hour like this that’s meant to probe why we do what we do by showing how people act when things are overly prescribed. The eerie commercials that introduced the episode immediately established an uneasiness, and the obsession with this egg that would make it so that “everything will be okay again, forever” was peculiar and creepy. I’m a big fan of Gretchen Mol, who has starred in a variety of projects including “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Notorious Bettie Page,” and she was formidable in this episode as Janet, who understood that things beyond her control were going on and actively wanted answers while others were content to simply accept the status quo. I recognized actor Gil Bellows from “The Shawshank Redemption” as her husband from his photograph next to the bed, though he appeared in just one scene. Greta Lee from “Russian Doll” and “Miracle Workers: Dark Ages” had a bigger part, and her enthusiasm for the egg resulted in her exploding offscreen in a puff of red smoke. It was trippy watching the aliens talk about having a shared mind and looking for evidence of that in their intense studies of TV commercials. This episode reminded me most of the season one installment “Point of Origin,” with the ending with the flying saucers over the parking lot most similar to “A Traveler.” This season included a few really terrific episodes, and I hope we’ll see more of this show in the future.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Ethan Embry

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