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Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:29 am 
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Episode 23.1 - Shadow Play *

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Original Air Date: April 4, 1986
Stars: Peter Coyote, William Schallert, William Smith, Deborah May, Janet Eilber
Writer: James Crocker (based on the original teleplay by Charles Beaumont)
Director: Paul Lynch

Adam Grant, who waits on Death Row to be hanged, believes that everyone around him is a figment of his recurring nightmare, and if he is executed they will cease to exist.

*Aired on the original Twilight Zone in an episode starring Dennis Weaver.



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Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:59 am 
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A good story is still a good story - although not as strong as the original. Maybe I was just used to seeing Dennis Weaver or maybe due to Peter Coyote's interpretation of the role of Adam Grant, it didn't hold me as strongly as the original. A nice remake and better then most updates, but - when you get down to it - it's a remake of something better than they could reproduce.

Still, very much worth watching, especially for those who didn't view the original or the black and white phobs that emerged in the 80s.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:22 am 
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You can't beat the original! Just like 'Night of the Meek', I prefer the original, but the remake does the story justice. I was happy to see Peter Coyote, but like Dr. Moreau, I wasn't thrilled with his interpretation of Grant. Perhaps I'm just used to Dennis Weaver, but his performance was untouchable. Coyote did a fine job, but again, I prefer Weaver and the original. Good to see William Schallert too.

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An 8 from me. Not as well realised as the original but good all the same

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Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:03 am 
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I can't add much to the above comments, having the same view: this is a remake and not quite as good as the original, but still a very interesting and entertaining episode. Everyone else catch William Smith (famous seventies bad guy) as one of the prison guards and then, at the end, as the smug prosecutor?
Image I can make some points: this challenges our perception of reality, offering up arguments which sort of make sense - since, as the saying goes, perception IS reality. If you gaze at the episode as an acceptable recreation of reality, then the condemned man's claims seem bogus; if you look at it with the awareness of the old episode, then this reality does seem dreamlike. When some of the characters talk amongst themselves, wondering if the claims of the condemned man could be true, they, at one point, realize that there are gaps in their memories. They even begin to rationalize how their existence seems too convenient, too pat. Haven't we all experienced similar feelings - that our memory isn't very complete, that where we are at this point in our life seems a bit unreal? It's not necessarily extreme situations which brings such feelings to the forefront; the situations could be just as mundane. Are you really where you are right now, at home, reading this sentence? Or are you... somewhere in a Twilight Zone? Mm-wha-ha-ha-ha-ha! I score this one as an 8.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:26 pm 
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The originals seem like different interpretations of Judgement Night. Saying that, I like how this is done depsite it not meeting up to the original episode.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:20 am 
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I actually like this as much as the original, it's been a while since I saw the original though so I can't make the fairest of comparisons yet, but I've seen this one twice now, and both times it impressed me, I really liked Peter Coyote in it especially.


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