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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!

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Retroist Podcast – Episode 096 – Twilight Zone 1985

On today’s show we talk all about the too short lived TV revival, The Twilight Zone, sometimes called The New Twilight Zone or just The Twilight Zone. I talk about how it was made, the people behind it, the narration and its release on home video. Halloween is coming, so it is a good time to sit down and watch a good spooky TV series.

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