A young girl named Bettina calls to her parents in the night, sounding afraid. They quickly discover that while she’s no longer in her room, she’s somewhere unseen in the house. Enlisting the aid of their friend, Bill, they discover a door to another dimension. Will they be able to save Bettina, or is she lost for all time?
I promised myself I wouldn’t reference this, but much of my initial knowledge of the Twilight Zone came from “The Simpsons” and this episode was no different. I was a big fan of the Simpsons parody, and when I figured out that this was what originated it, I was excited for some fun. Much like “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” this one is also twist-free.
The mystery aspect and subsequent rescue attempt made for some good acting. Both parents portrayed the heartbreak and desperation of finding their lost child very well, and Bill was calm and collected as he spouted off theories about the 4th dimension, though this mainly made him Mr. Exposition throughout the episode. While we only hear Bettina’s voice, she does a good job of getting across how afraid she is.
It could be because of budget reasons, but I would’ve liked to spend more time seeing Bettina’s side – to actually SEE the 4th dimension more than once. I think that’s what I liked about the Simpsons parody more, in that there was equal amounts of Homer being trapped and the family and friends talking to him. That being said, having the focus be on the house side allowed for more mystery about the 4th dimension and what it might look like.
However, my main problem is with the pacing during the rescue attempt. Sure, it builds to a point of trying to figure out if they’ll be reunited, but it felt like it went on a little too long. It mostly consisted of the father trying to talk to the daughter and her dog so they can follow his voice. It wasn’t TOO drawn out, but it felt like a few seconds could have been taken out.
“Little Girl Lost” is a pretty good mystery sort of episode and is bound to scare some parents out there. It has a slow build-up with a good pay-off at the end. If you like mysteries, you’ll probably find some enjoyment from this episode, though don’t expect anything overly complex.