Episode #4 is… The Eye of the Beholder (Season 2, Episode 6) On Netflix!
“Suspended in time and space for a moment, your introduction to Miss Janet Tyler, who lives in a very private world of darkness – a universe whose dimensions are the size, thickness, length of a swathe of bandages that cover her face. In a moment we’ll go back into this room. And also in a moment, we’ll look under those bandages. Keeping in mind, of course, that we’re not to be surprised by what we see, because this isn’t just a hospital. And this patient 307 is not just a woman. This happens to be the Twilight Zone and Miss Janet Tyler, with you, is about to enter it.”- Rod Serling
Now we are getting into the nitty gritty of it all. These last 5 episodes are the best twists and are arguably the best episodes ever. I think about these last five episodes when I think of “The Twilight Zone,” especially “The Eye of the Beholder.”
So get ready folks for a real shocker. This one grabs you out of nowhere and the conclusion just sends chills up and down your spine, a few times. I saw this episode when I was young and it scared the crap out of me. I seriously had nightmares about this twist throughout my childhood. When I talk about scary, unsettling episodes, “The Eye of the Beholder” is at the top of my list. I actually couldn’t watch it again until older because it freaked me out so much.
Not only does “The Eye of the Beholder” have an unbelievable twist, but the twist is followed with a few really meaningful, loaded messages. These messages are so great that it will keep you thinking for weeks.
This episode is a piece of cinematic art in my opinion. It flows effortlessly, is very complex with a very unusual build up and crafty cinematography. Again, if you mention “The Twilight Zone” to a fan, there’s a good chance he or she will probably tell you about “The Eye of the Beholder.”
The description- Janet Tyler has undergone her 11th surgery, the maximum that is allowed for a patient. We see her lying in a hospital bed, her face all bandaged up. She pleads with a Doctor to remove the bandages now. She can’t wait to see if they were able to get rid of her horrible deformity. She has lived most of her life under bandages and wants to be free of this dark cave.
The Doctor refuses to remove the bandages and tells her she must be patient. We learn that Janet Tyler’s eagerness is caused by her own certain demise if the surgery is not successful. If not successful, Janet will be sent to a camp with her own deformed kind, to live out the rest of her life.
Throughout the episode you also hear and vaguely see this figure who is preaching conformity on tv, showing that they live under a toltaritarian government, where everyone has to look alike or they will be sent to a camp. Tyler complains a few times about the government’s control over the way she looks. The Doctor also expresses his greviences with the Government with one of the nurses, but the nurse silences him, afraid of the repercussions from Big Brother. You also see the Government’s effectiveness with the reactions of nurses and doctors, as they speak about Janet’s face. They are appalled by the way she looks and want her sent away also. One nurse even says “Poor thing, some people want to live no matter what.”
Then, the moment of truth comes and they start to remove the bandages. They have a whole staff standing there, ready if Janet tries to run away or tries to kill herself. They remove the bandages one layer at a time from Janet’s perspective. As each layer is pulled away, more light is visible and the moment of truth is closer. The Doctor removes the last bandage and all you hear is a shock of horror…
I will say no more, I may have said too much! This episode will blow your mind! Get ready for a very shocking twist and images that will make your goosebumps get goosebumps! This is another example of Rod Serling’s mistrust of people and especially Governments. This episode really runs true, even in America today and is rampant in a lot of other countries around the world. We still judge people by the color of their skin and the way they look, to this day. A certain thing that has gotten better in some countries, over time, but still exists everywhere you go.
So, get ready, turn of the lights and enjoy. You are in for a treat here. I will say it again, “Eye of the Beholder” is definitely in the top 5 of the best episodes of all time, in my opinion. Rod Serling wrote a gem here and has also admitted that “The Eye of the Beholder” is one of his favorite episodes. Yeah, it’s that good!
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