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Nick of Time
Another Shatner-Matheson pairing: in this one, Shatner becomes convinced that a fortune-telling machine in a roadside cafe really has the power to predict the future. (My favorite moment is when, in this small town in the 50s, Shatner and his wife order something so
hipster: lettuce and tomato on whole wheat, and iced coffee.) His unraveling, and eventual decision to escape with his wife, is disturbing and moving—as is the final twist, when another couple wanders into the diner and starts feeding pennies into the same machine. The show is slightly unusual in that "there are no special effects to carry the show, nothing mysterious or majestic," as Zicree writes in his Twilight Zone Companion
(essential for any even casual fan). "This is a story of character, of things said and unsaid, or nuance."
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