Twilight Zone Fourth Season

"What you're witnessing is the curtain-raiser to a most extraordinary play; to wit, the signing of a pact, the commencement of a project. The play itself will be performed almost entirely offstage. The final scenes are to be enacted a decade hence and with a different cast. The main character of these final scenes is Ilse, the daughter of Professor and Mrs. Nielsen, age two. At the moment she lies sleeping in her crib, unaware of the singular drama in which she is to be involved. Ten years from this moment, Ilse Nielsen is to know the desolating terror of living simultaneously in the world - and in the Twilight Zone."

After her parents are killed in a fire, Ilse is taken in by the town Sheriff and his wife. She was an experiment to her parents, and she is able to communicate only telepathically, she is believed to be mute. A teacher discovers that she is telepathic, and has the whole class think her name. She finally yells out, "My name is Ilse!" Her telepathic abilities destroyed, she stays with the only family who has ever loved her.

"It has been noted in a book of proven wisdom that perfect love casteth out fear. While it's unlikely that this observation was meant to include that specific fear which follows the loss of extrasensory perception, the principle remains, as always, beautifully intact. Case in point, that of Ilse Nielsen, former resident of the Twilight Zone."


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