Monster of the Day #219

One of the few episodes to get its own SNL parody, as I recall.

I’d say spoiler alert, but c’mon, the surprise ending is implicit in the episode title.

  • Ericb

    Isn’t it more of a surprise beginning?

  • Gamera

    The anouts aways made me think of Stat Trek’s Tellerites…

  • Ericb

    They got to reuse that face in the episode with the masks.

  • Ericb

    Well, at least the snout.

  • monoceros4

    Yeah, it would be pretty hard to “spoil” this one; I’m pretty sure that even the thickest of viewers knew what was going to happen once it was clear that every character’s face except the protagonist’s was being kept carefully out of view.

    This episode stands with Star Trek’s “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” as an awkward companion piece. The hearts of both shows are in the right place but the approach is simplistic and doomed to failure. It almost would have been better if the doctor and the other “normal” characters in the Twilight Zone episode weren’t done up in ugly makeup but looked the same as everyone else; then the social ostracism of the protagonist would have been a puzzle, without an obvious reason for it–as such ostracisms often are.

  • KeithB

    I think the Night Gallery reveal on this was better. A deformed teen wants to travel to another planet as an exchange student because he feels ostracised on earth.

    As he passes the normal looking teen from the other planet, the nlt cries out: “Don’t look at me, I know I am ugly!”

    It, of course, turns out that deformed teen fits right in on the other planet and is clearly shown to be hot.

    Of course, one wonders how an exchange program could have been set up without even knowing what the aliens look like…

  • Rock Baker

    What remains oddest about this episode for me is that the Doc here was turned into a doll for Sideshow’s Twilight Zone action figure series. I just see it as a very weird choice to make a toy out of. Now, a Donna Douglas figure would be much more fun to look at…..

  • Rock Baker

    Oh, Ken, you’re going to want to check your mail right quick!

  • sandra

    Eye OF The Beholder scared the hell out of me the first time I saw it. I was twelve.

  • I just want to say I saw this episode when I was 9 years old and it was a COMPLETE surprise ending for me. So there, you naysayers.