The Twilight Zone Episode 114: I Dream of Genie

General Information

Director: Robert Gist

Writer: John Furia Jr.

Cast: Howard Morris, Patricia Barry, Loring Smith, Mark Miller, Joyce Jameson, James Millhollin, Bob Hastings, Robert Ball, and Jack Albertson

Composer: Fred Steiner

Air Date: 3/21/1963

Production Code: 4860

 

Overview

After purchasing a lamp, meek office worker George P. Hanley (Howard Morris) is greeted by an incongruous genie (Jack Albertson). Allowed only one wishThe Twilight Zone I Dream of Genie instead of the usual three, George evaluates a number of possibilities before settling on a decision.

Serving only as a character piece for Howard Morris, “I Dream of Genie” is marred by cringe-inducing humor. Additionally awful is the pacing of this episode, which suffers from a tedious and drawn-out execution.

 

Pros

None.

 

Cons

Though potentially amusing as the Genie, Jack Albertson (whom enthusiasts of The Twilight Zone may recognize from “The Shelter”) appears in only The Twilight Zone I Dream of Genieone scene during the entire episode. Fans of Albertson may therefore take issue with “I Dream of Genie,” which offers little opportunity for the late actor to showcase his comedic talents.

By progressing through each dream sequence at an insufferable pace, this episode may prevent the audience from fully appreciating the transition of Morris’ character—initially a self-centered, weasel-like man who develops a heart of gold over time.

 

Analysis

“I Dream of Genie” contains a laudable message on extending charity, kindness, and compassion toward those in need. Nevertheless, the protagonist fails to The Twilight Zone I Dream of Geniecorrect the problems in his own life before dedicating himself to helping others, thereby undermining his poignant sacrifice in the twist ending.

 

Concluding Comments

A dreadful remake of “The Man in the Bottle,” “I Dream of Genie” earns its reputation as one of the worst episodes of The Twilight Zone. Specifically, this offering deserves criticism for its unrealistic characters, slow-moving subplots, and lack of screen-time for the eponymous genie.

 

Overall Quality: 1/10

 

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