Story by Virginia Aldridge
Directed by Bill Duke
Original Airdate - February 21, 1987
William Allen Young - John Parker
Chris Mulkey - Ray Dobson
John Dennis Johnston - Charlie
Michael Alldredge - Schmidt
William Franfather - Rev. Bailey
Tanya Boyd - Melissa Parker
James Lashly - Bobby
Bobby John Walcutt - Les
Ann Doran - Mrs. Clark
Joe Unger - 1st Rescuer
Karen Landry - Sarah Dobson
Diana Patton - Woman
Bobby Hosea - Stretcher Bearer
Christopher Kriesa - 2nd Rescuer



A cave-in at a coal mine seems to create a fold in time, allowing two miners from different eras to help each other out.



"The Junction" is not an exciting story, but it's got a lot of parallels with other scifi stories, in particular Jack Finney's "The Love Letter." Different story but the same type of situation. An apparent slip in time allows someone to communicate with the future.

"The Love Letter" is just about my favorite short story about this type of situation, and it would take a lot for "The Junction" to overcome that. It really can't, because it's just a bit too long and stretched out, to be effective. The two leads, William Allen Young and Chris Mulkey, are kind of "eh," and don't hold my interest. Tanya Boyd, the wife of the man in the present, is an arresting actress and her scenes have some urgency, but every time we go back to the men in the mine, it's lost. The episode just seems to stop dead in its tracks when this happens, something that happens to one of the original Twilight Zone hour-long episodes, "The Thirty-Fathom Grave." While I love this older episode, it does seem to stop momentum every time they dive down to the sunken sub, which was like ten times. These scenes in the mine should have been kept short and to a minimum, just to avoid the traps of that earlier episode..

One of the in-jokes in this episode is that the name of the mine company is Cassutt, a reference to Michael Cassutt's name, one of the writers on the new Twilight Zone.