I’ve been a fan of the original TWILIGHT ZONE for as long as I can remember. Recently, however, I have branched out and gotten into a couple of other shows from that time period as well, including THE OUTER LIMITS. Thanks to the fine folks at Film Chest Media Group, I now have yet another title to enjoy. ONE STEP BEYOND might not be as popular as THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but the show helped pave the way for a whole new genre of television. This 6-disc Collector’s Edition of ONE STEP BEYOND will make a fine addition to any film-lover’s library.
If you are not familiar with ONE STEP BEYOND, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Film Chest Media Group:
Created by Merwin Gerard, One Step Beyond presents storylines that defy understanding as well as an exploration of the unknown and supernatural. The original series ran for three seasons on ABC from January 1959 to July 1961. Produced a year before Twilight Zone, this series sparked the growing interest in paranormal suspense in the late 1950’s. The primary difference between the two shows was the effort One Step Beyond made to discover and present “real” stories of supernatural events and recreate them for each episode – all said to be based on true events. Ultimately, solutions to the mysteries were never found, leaving viewers bewildered as to the scope of their reality.
This show differs from others in that it re-enacts “real life events” that have been documented over the years. Because of this, the stories seem to have a deeper impact than those offered by TTZ and TOL. Don’t get me wrong; I love those shows…but the potential ‘truthful’ aspects of these tales make them even more intense.
ONE STEP BEYOND is shot in black and white, but that doesn’t detract from the show at all. I am, however, disappointed to see the episodes have not been remastered in regard to picture or sound. This is a minor complaint, as the show itself is great, but I feel I have to mention it.
The acting is great, with a wide variety of actors and actresses involved in the recreations. The show also includes appearances by such stars as Charles Bronson, Cloris Leachman, Robert Loggia, Warren Beatty, Robert Blake, Suzanne Pleshette, and Joan Fontaine.
ONE STEP BEYOND is a great show, and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of shows like THE TWILIGHT ZONE or THE OUTER LIMITS. It is definitely dated, however keep that in mind as you go into it and you’ll enjoy yourself. This 6-disc Collector’s Edition is available now.