|The first foreshortened season features only three episodes for its HBO premiere. Perhaps wisely, the network chose three stories that needed relatively little budget and no special effects.|
"Marionettes, Inc." merges aspects of Bradbury's "I Sing the Body Electric" and adds what is essentially an extended prologue. It gives Leslie Nielsen the chance to overact, several years after he had switched to comedy in the wake of Airplane! and Police Squad! James Coco seems a bit miscast as Braling.
"The Playground" gives William Shatner a chance to overact in a somewhat muddled story of a man trying to face his childhood demons.
"The Crowd" is a highlight of the series as a whole, with relative newcomer Nick Mancuso as a man haunted by faces in the crowd.