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Twilight Zone, Episode 1.07: The Lonely
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by Charles Tatum

"Lonely...and Bored"
2 stars

Jack Warden plays Corry, a murderer sentenced to the ultimate punishment- fifty years on an asteroid thousands of miles from Earth.

His only human contact is a supply ship that arrives every three months, with Captain Allenbe (John Dehner) aboard. One visit, Allenbe brings a crate. Inside is a robot named Alicia (Jean Marsh). She can feel pain and loneliness, just like Corry, and the two live together and eventually fall in love. A year later, Allenbe arrives with good news. Corry has been pardoned, and all the prisoners on all the asteroids are going home. The problem is there is only enough room on the ship for Corry and fifteen pounds of his belongings, and Alicia weighs much more than that.

Despite an effective Death Valley location and some nice acting by Warden, "The Lonely" is one of the series' least satisfying episodes. The cast is fine, but Serling's script should have been longer. Corry and Alicia's year together is glossed over, so we do not feel the same emotional attachment Corry does when told he must leave her behind. The ending is too pat, as if it was decided on after the shooting started.

This would be ripe for a remake either as a feature film or an hour long episode of one of the many "The Twilight Zone" incarnations that have popped up in the forty plus years since this aired.

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User Comments

7/21/10 art a great first season eposode. 4 stars
3/17/10 grover beautiful 5 stars
3/08/08 Pamela White examines the need of humans to connect with others 5 stars
11/25/06 David Pollastrini classic 5 stars
7/28/06 David Cohen Good, but could have been better with more development 3 stars
11/19/05 BrendaS918 Good. 4 stars
4/04/04 Matt Vandermast Could have been longer, but powerful as is 4 stars
1/14/04 tatum Big disappointment 2 stars
1/02/04 David P. Metz Excellent episode which demands a little imagination (& heart) from the viewer. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  13-Nov-1959 (NR)

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Directed by
  Jack Smight

Written by
  Rod Serling

Cast
  Jack Warden
  John Dehner
  Jean Marsh
  Ted Knight



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