Yeah and save or suck is still a stupid mechanic.
It existing in othe rmedia is not an argument.

its a stupid mechanic relying entierly on RNG, and the worst kind since it exclusiveley depends on the score of one character.

later editions solved the situation much better.
such as a basilisks stone gaze first slowing you, then paralyzing you and THEN if you fial a third time turning you to stone for good, giving your allies an actual chance to save your dumb ass.