Retroist Twilight Zone 1985 Podcast

Twilight Zone – Examination Day (1985)


With the Retroist’s great podcast on the 1985 revival of the Twilight Zone posted earlier today, I thought I would share one of the handful of episodes that I can clearly remember watching from back in my youth.

I’ve gone on record before with an earlier post about the episode The Shadow Man, that while I did enjoy the series on a whole I was…disappointed…that it chose to tell darker and outright meaner stories overall.

Submitted for your approval, a dark tale of the future. Examination Day.

This episode was adapted from the short story of the same name by Henry Slesar which was originally published in Playboy back in 1958. You can read the original short story, here.

David Mendenhall played the rather bright young kid, Richard “Dickie” Jordan, and has appeared in numerous TV roles and a certain 80s feature film that I hold close to my heart, Transformers: The Movie, where he provided the voice for Daniel Witwicky. He also supplied the voice of G.I. Joe member, Mainframe, in the episode “Grey Hairs and Growing Pains”, where the some of the Joes are transformed into children.

A big thanks to Calia386 for uploading this episode over on YouTube!

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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3 thoughts on “Twilight Zone – Examination Day (1985)

  1. I remember this episode from when I was a kid and it has always stuck with me. I could never remember whether it was an outer limits or twilight zone or what but me and my mom used to stay up late watching both shows. I can’t tell you how man people I’ve described this episode to in my life. Grrreat stuff Vic!

  2. Thanks, CW! *SPOILERS* You obviously know something isn’t right with the culture as you are watching it but you still get blindsided by the conclusion of it all…WHAM!

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