Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Twilight Zone Tuesdays: The Grave Review
The Grave is the episode we are going to be talking about today in our supposed trivial postings on Tuesdays about the Twilight Zone. This episode aired in the 3rd season of the show and was quite interesting as it played on a lot of old lore. The show featured a shootuout where a town ganged up on one villain, shooting him to death. Later, a hired gun came to town and was basically called a coward for not doing the job himself, and that the last words from the villain were that he was a coward and wouldn’t face him. Then a challenge went out, for the cowardly gunslinger to go forward to the grave site of his rival and meet him face to face…or else.
So the episode is free and clear an interesting little conundrum about death and what happens. The story continues and our gunslinger goes to the grave where he is met face to face with what we can only assume is the grim reaper! He is killed, and the town is left to speculate as to what happened.
Originally aired in 1961, this creepy tale about death and burial is quite interesting. The cast had a singular set with only three different areas. Lee Marvin, James Best, Lee Van Cleef and Strother Martin round out the cast of this one, and it leaves the viewer guessing as to what really happened at the grave, was it heart attack? Or did the gunslinger finally meet his match? You’ll have to tune in to the show yourself.