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Rate "Shatterday"
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Episode 1.1 - Shatterday

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Original Air Date: September 27, 1985
Stars: Bruce Willis
Writer: Alan Brennert (from a story by Harlan Ellison)
Director: Wes Craven

Bruce Willis plays Peter Jay Novins, who absent mindedly dials his home number and gets a jolt when the phone gets picked up by . . . Peter Jay Novins



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I think "Shatterday" gets a lot of credit for being the first aired episode of the rebirth of the Twilight Zone. It also doesn't hurt that it stars soon-to-be superstar Bruce Willis, or that Harlan Ellison wrote the story. But for me, the episode is just okay.

I've often thought about what would happen if I walked into a room late one night and saw myself sitting there and that thought always sends a little shiver up my spine. "Shatterday" plays with that possibility in the form of a phone call but it just doesn't hammer home how remarkable that would be. It focuses on the good Bruce cleaning up the messes of the old, jerk Bruce.

Its got some nice dialogue, but it plods along quite slowly, using up Willis's star power until it reaches a rather pedestrian conclusion.

My Rating: 5 - Good

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I agree totally--this was billed as THE episode of what to expect from the new Zone. I recently watched this again and while the premise of the story was okay, there just wasn't enough for me to really love the story. I gave it a 7, but I was really hammered when I watched it. Maybe sobriety will lower it to the ranking it should deserve.


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I gave this a 7. I like the whole premise of the story but despite s decent performance from Bruce Willis, it's completely uninvolved.

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This episode reminds me " NM in A 4$ room" abit. The ending is perhaps a big difference bettween the 2 episodes, the first Jackie Rhoades does not fade out at the end. I am fan of 4$ room, and I am fan of identity episodes, it would be weird to talk to your self, or your 'mirror image', yet it might be telling.

Willis is one of my favorite actors, I feel they did not let him unleash his abilities enough here, however, I give him credit for playing 2 opposite roles ( foils?) well. Yeah, the episode meanders at times, yet its neat to see the internal struggle played externally.

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This just falls flat for me. People talk to themselves all of the time {Myself included} but we
DONT disappear, much to my ex-wife's chagrin. :roll: I was really excited on the premise,
the actor and the writer but hate to say I wasn't a fan. :(


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This just falls flat for me. People talk to themselves all of the time {Myself included} but we
DONT disappear, much to my ex-wife's chagrin. :roll: I was really excited on the premise,
the actor and the writer but hate to say I wasn't a fan. :(


I look at this one pretty much that same way.

Seemed to have alot going for it, but it never quite seemed to sparkle.


Not the worst, but pretty much average to me.

I did sit and watch this one on the very first night it aired. :twisted:
I was 14, and I remember seeing the ads for "Twilight Zone" in the weeks preceeding, and before this, my only exposure to TZ were originals in syndication.

I had really high hopes, and although I enjoyed it, it just was a bit flat.

But all was well in my TZ world, when I saw the ending of the one it was coupled with, "A Little Peace and Quiet".


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I think this episode is OK, but not great. Its a typical Harlan Ellison kind of story. What's
much more entertaining is the commentary by Harlan in which he rips apart the director,
Wes Craven :D


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Just cracked open the box set -- real excited to dig into these. First up, 'Shatterday' -- a story by Harlan Ellison (good); stars Bruce Willis (good); directed by Wes Craven (good). The minute Novins calls his home number accidentally and he answers the phone, speaking with himself, I was drawn in. David Lynch pulled that off, perhaps an homage, in his movie Lost Highway. shite like that is so eerie, I love it! But it seems to slow up a bit following the initial 5-10 minutes. The allure has dulled and instead of an awesome episode to kick off the revived series, it becomes a decent episode.

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I enjoyed it. I think Willis played it well. 8.

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I enjoyed it. I think Willis played it well. 8.



Glad you liked it too. Could I ask you : would you like to meet a copy of yourself?
I would.

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Ok, not at all. It would be creepy.

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Ok, not at all. It would be creepy.



Sorry to hear, it would be cool if I did, to see how people see me,and how I act.
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7. 3 out of 5. Pretty good, not great.


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I enjoyed it. I think Willis played it well. 8.


Yeah this too.


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lazyboyx51 wrote:
Just cracked open the box set -- real excited to dig into these. First up, 'Shatterday' -- a story by Harlan Ellison (good); stars Bruce Willis (good); directed by Wes Craven (good). The minute Novins calls his home number accidentally and he answers the phone, speaking with himself, I was drawn in. David Lynch pulled that off, perhaps an homage, in his movie Lost Highway. shite like that is so eerie, I love it! But it seems to slow up a bit following the initial 5-10 minutes. The allure has dulled and instead of an awesome episode to kick off the revived series, it becomes a decent episode.

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This sums up my thoughts on this episode exactly, it was the same for me when I first got the dvd set, and watched this first episode. To begin with I liked how it was in the spirit of the original TZ, with the interesting doppleganger theme, and I like both Willis and Ellison too but it drags which lessens the impact. 6/10


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lazyboyx51 wrote:
Just cracked open the box set -- real excited to dig into these. First up, 'Shatterday' -- a story by Harlan Ellison (good); stars Bruce Willis (good); directed by Wes Craven (good). The minute Novins calls his home number accidentally and he answers the phone, speaking with himself, I was drawn in. David Lynch pulled that off, perhaps an homage, in his movie Lost Highway. shite like that is so eerie, I love it! But it seems to slow up a bit following the initial 5-10 minutes. The allure has dulled and instead of an awesome episode to kick off the revived series, it becomes a decent episode.

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This sums up my thoughts on this episode exactly, it was the same for me when I first got the dvd set, and watched this first episode. To begin with I liked how it was in the spirit of the original TZ, with the interesting doppleganger theme, and I like both Willis and Ellison too but it drags which lessens the impact. 6/10



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We rock! :clap: :evil: Good to see you around the board Rorschach.


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Now let's think about this, you and I. You're still pretending at full speed that you're middle aged--not old, not over the hill, plenty of good things about to happen, you can do it, you can make the rest of your life cool. Ok, so all those love affairs were bad, maybe even One (!) was Your fault, but you're pretty cool and so is your career path and your other realtionships and people like you (nowadays those close 1506 Facebook pals PROVE that, right?) so you're feeling a little screwed up and sit in your favorite bar and the barman, who knows you a LITTLE too well hands you that phone and you dial Jamie's number (your latest screw, she's not so hot in bed but she's usually available, despite those arguments the two of you seem to have so often lately) and you ACCIDENTALLY dial your own number....

In Harlan Ellison's tidy world, you get yourself--and boy is he PISSED at you, man. You've been screwing over the life, trashing lovers, pals, your mom and maybe kicking the dog.

But it's not Middle School! You can't punch the nerd for insulting you, Mr. Bully, Mr. Smartie Pants. No, sir. This is YOU and....well, you know everything, you're never wrong, RIGHT?

Harlan wrote this as a critique of his own life, laying his soul bare on the page, at the height of his powers, his career, his fantastic sex life, his wealth, etc BECAUSE he was aware of the flies in his own ointment. Writing with that level of honesty is about as easy as extracting your own tooth. If you expect special FX, time machines or a cute ending--boy have you got the wrong writer!

Nebula and Hugo winning story, well-acted by Willis, this is one of the tiny handful of decent episodes from Twlight Zone revivals. Oddly, almost all of the other good ones are from Ellison, too.


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I'd rather not ponder Ellison's "fantastic sex life".

I've often been spooked by the idea of walking into a room late at night, finding myself sitting there.

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After finally watching this episode, it reminded me way to much of Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room from the original series. The "shattering" effect in the beginning was cool though. Bruce Willis was doing his thing which was cool.
As far as the creep factor others have mentioned in the thread earlier concerning walking into a room and seeing yourself there. This isn't that hard to imagine. ....go have a conversation with yourself in the mirror. Preferably after a long night. :twisted: :clap:

I went with a 6. It wasn't a strong opener but it wasnt bad or anything like that.


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