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The Obsolete Man
01-01-2013 | KittenClaws

Posted on 01/01/2013 8:43:07 PM PST by KittenClaws

Every New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, a treat. Is offered to those who subscribe to the ScyFy channel - a Twilight Zone marathon.

Being of a certain age, I tune in.

I've always loved the show, Rod Serling was a man ahead of his time, IMO.

But I'd like to talk about a particular episode, one not only ahead of its time (as many TZ episodes), but timelyaswell.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: duplicate; vanity
In the obsolete man, Burgess Merideth I is put to death by the State because he advocates freedom - which is obsolete, and faith, which is obsolete ...the twist is, he brings a member. Of. The State in to share his fate.

He exposes the weakness of the state in the process. As he reads the bible for comfort in his hour of death, the state representative mocks his faith, depending upon the state to rescue him.

But the state. Will not rescue him, because the state expects him to uphold the view of the state.

Pan

1 posted on 01/01/2013 8:43:07 PM PST by KittenClaws
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To: KittenClaws

All of this is to as cryptic Asti looks LOL!


2 posted on 01/01/2013 8:45:14 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

Thanks for this.


3 posted on 01/01/2013 8:45:43 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: KittenClaws

Not.

As.

Cryptic.

As it looks.

Just darn!


4 posted on 01/01/2013 8:46:35 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

The Obselete Man is the single most brilliant piece of television that I have ever seen in my entire life.

52 years since it ran, and we are just about there.

Everytime I see it, and the last time just just about an hour or so ago, it gives me chills.

It is as if I am seeing a glimpse of our future from our past.


5 posted on 01/01/2013 8:49:59 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Thanks AAC.

Do you know the episode?


6 posted on 01/01/2013 8:51:20 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: chris37

I saw it about an hour ago myself. Gave me chills.

Yes. We are almost there, thus, my post.


7 posted on 01/01/2013 8:55:03 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I have seen most of the Twilight Zone episodes, but I do not recall this one. I’ll have to watch it and share it.


8 posted on 01/01/2013 8:55:47 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: KittenClaws

Isn’t it strange how many of those Twilight Zones smack of prophecy these days?

I love them, as well. Jeeze! It’s great to watch the older entertainment because it always seemed to have a moral to it—a message! That’s what missing in the entertainment today, and it’s a damned shame.

But, God revering man will always win-—if only in the end.

I enjoyed your post. Thank you.


9 posted on 01/01/2013 8:56:15 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: KittenClaws

Recognize the tagline?


10 posted on 01/01/2013 8:56:21 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Here is the full episode, AAC, for you and anyone else who may wish to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYGi2GfwRlo


11 posted on 01/01/2013 8:57:08 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Gracias!


12 posted on 01/01/2013 8:58:36 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: null and void

Maple street.

Where neighbors turned on each other?


13 posted on 01/01/2013 8:59:51 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: chris37

Thanks!

I should have thought of that.


14 posted on 01/01/2013 9:01:34 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I thought this would be about Boehner...

One thing about the Twilight Zone.
It’s so good that i remember it well and can’t enjoy re-watching the episodes because they already have affected me deeply!


15 posted on 01/01/2013 9:06:00 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Mortrey

Oh current stuff has messages too, I just don’t like what they’re peddling. Twilight Zone, though, did very well in entertainingly presented a message. There are some I think of VERY often. Some of the stories he did are timeless.


16 posted on 01/01/2013 9:11:31 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: KittenClaws

Yes, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

Alien #1: Understand the procedure now? Just stop a few of their machines, and radios, and telephones, and lawnmowers, throw them into darkness for a few hours and then, sit back and watch the pattern.
Alien #2: And this pattern is always the same?
Alien #1: With few variations. They pick the most dangerous enemy they can find. And it’s themselves. All we need do is sit back and watch.
Alien #2: Then I take it that this place - This “Maple Street” is not unique?
Alien #1: By no means. The world is full of Maple Streets. And we’ll go from one to the other and let them destroy themselves. One to the other...One to the other...One to the other...


17 posted on 01/01/2013 9:14:19 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Army Air Corps; KittenClaws

My pleasure, truly excellent television there.


18 posted on 01/01/2013 9:14:33 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: KittenClaws

Found it on Netflix....streaming...season 2, episode 29. Going to watch it now! Thanks!


19 posted on 01/01/2013 9:19:41 PM PST by teg_76
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To: KittenClaws
Not as much fun as these two aliens
20 posted on 01/01/2013 9:24:19 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: mrsmith

Obsolete would be a good term for the speaker. But, how we see it is irrelevant to the state.

We are the little people.

But they fear us none the less.

We should use that power.


21 posted on 01/01/2013 9:25:04 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws
This is one of the finest episodes of The Twilight Zone, almost eerily prophetic. I didn't watch long enough to see it air on the marathon this evening, though. The last one I caught was A Hundred Yards Over The Rim.
22 posted on 01/01/2013 9:32:39 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

What impressed me so much about the obsolete man, was, how the state reacted when faced with the same choices they gave the common man.

It was fear.


23 posted on 01/01/2013 9:42:05 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I always liked the episode. But when I saw it in the 70s/80s, I admit I tended to view it as a bit far-flung, in respect to America and reality. I really didn’t think I could envision the country going that route (owing to its love of freedom, its moral base, and its aversion to statist/communist thought), but still treated the episode as offering a valid message.

But here in 2013 and Obama’s America... it’s no longer remotely far-flung. It’s a closer representation of reality than I ever would have imagined. The country has indeed degenerated, to mind-boggling degrees, making this tale all the more foreboding.


24 posted on 01/01/2013 9:42:43 PM PST by greene66
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To: greene66

At my age, just 56, I have watched plenty of fantasy turn to reality.

Freaks me out sometimes.

But, obsolete man chilled me to the bone tonight. I’ve seen this episode plenty of times, probably from the first time it aired, but the truth of it, even metaphorically, is chilling.


25 posted on 01/01/2013 9:46:25 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

I’ve said for years that Congress should never legally be able to exempt themselves from anything imposed by them upon the citizenry as a whole. Chuck their bloated @sses into Obamacare and Social Security with no other option, strip them of their pensions. See how much more seriously they take such matters going forward.


26 posted on 01/01/2013 9:50:45 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: KittenClaws; null and void
Maple street.

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.

Where neighbors turned on each other?

Yes. Aliens had landed on Earth, but it turned out that WE were the monsters.

27 posted on 01/01/2013 9:56:39 PM PST by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: KittenClaws

I remember Billy Mummy as Little Anthony in ‘It’s a Good Life’.

The one where the little boy ‘wished’ people who bothered him ‘away’ into the cornfield (never to return).

All of the Twilight Zone Episodes were ‘lessons’. It is unfortunate that children aren’t exposed to this type of intellectual education any more.


28 posted on 01/01/2013 10:05:00 PM PST by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

I think my generation is the last to understand freedom.

And I have so little of it to fight for anymore.

And the youth today? They can’t claim as much as I do, nor, I suspect, would they fight for it.


29 posted on 01/01/2013 10:13:52 PM PST by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

One of my all time favorites. Also the howling man.


30 posted on 01/01/2013 10:23:03 PM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: KittenClaws
This is the best episode of TZ IMHO- it tells you all you need to know about what happens when you let government get too big. And it does it in under 30 minutes. (Gave me chills to watch it tonight-in light of what's happening in our country i.e. Obamacare exc.. Scary as hell))

My favorite part is where Burgess Meredith asks the Chancellor from "The State" why he is afraid of him, and also where he (Burgess) takes out his Bible and starts calmly reading it aloud while the time ticks by, til the bomb goes off.
Powerful stuff.

I luv the old Twilight Zone episodes. They are timeless treasures loaded with philosophical truths. They used to have the TZ marathon every 4th of July. Never missed it.

(There's just so much mindless crap on TV today- OMG! A Kardashian bought a purse/ having a baby-Breaking News... ughhhhh!)

It would be nice if we had some TV shows with substance.

They haven't made anything close to TZ good since The X-Files back in the 90's.

31 posted on 01/01/2013 10:32:06 PM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: KittenClaws

This is one of my favorite episodes I’ve seen quite a few times. I only now caught the first name of the obsolete man,”ROMNEY Wordsworth”.


32 posted on 01/01/2013 11:14:05 PM PST by ohiobushman
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To: KittenClaws

Just finished watching it on the SCFY about an hour ago. Powerful!!! That episode has never left my mind since I first saw it as a child. I never would have thought I would be alive to see that my country is heading in the same direction. Remember the guy was betrayed by his own state whom he served. Very strong warning to all politicians. If you are capable to betray this country against Americans, Government high up won’t trust them either and must implement a final solution and replace them with a new generation that has been brainwashed.

Yes Rod Serling was way before his time, and watching this marathon, how some of his episode refer to God alot without getting religious. His shows teaches us consequences without morals.


33 posted on 01/01/2013 11:17:07 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: greene66
"I always liked the episode. But when I saw it in the 70's/80's, I admit I tended to view it as a bit far flung, in respect to America and reality. I really didn't think I could envision the country going that route"

I had the same reaction you did- back in the day.

I also used to ask: How could the people during WWII not see it coming? How could the people of Germany let the holocaust happen? How could any person/people let that happen?

Unfortunately, now I have a pretty good understanding of how those things happened. It's human nature to pretend everything is normal- even when it's all falling apart right before our eyes.

Hopefully we will wake up before it's too late.

We can at least try to turn it around. We have to start talking to people-everyone we know- about what the Constitution is/means, and the dangers of giving government too much power over ourselves i.e. It's always a bad idea- no matter how much "free stuff" they promise us.

"Free Stuff" isn't free. Talk to people about what life is really like in places that have lots of "free stuff" - like Cuba.

We have to keep trying to educate and wake people up-no matter how hopeless a cause it may seem to be.

Our country is worth it.

The Founding Fathers managed to get the idea of freedom across to people- and they did it without all the modern tools we have today.

We also have to start demanding that our stumbling/bumbling politicians have a thorough understanding of our Constitution- or out of office they go at the next election or recall them. Period.

Far too many have sacrificed their lives for this nation. We can't just let it fall to Marxist BS without even trying to wake people up to what's going on.

34 posted on 01/02/2013 2:24:37 AM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: KittenClaws

Watched quite a few of the episodes over the last 24 hours. Grew up watching the originals and lived about 45 miles from Rod Serling’s home outside Rochester, NY.


35 posted on 01/02/2013 3:56:02 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Mortrey
It’s great to watch the older entertainment because it always seemed to have a moral to it—a message! That’s what missing in the entertainment today, and it’s a damned shame.

Oh, there's a moral to modern entertainment all right, but it's PC now:

-guns are bad, unless they are used by the police
-minorities are oppressed by whites
-homosexuals are superior to straights
-humans are destroying the planet
-all your problems can be solved by socialism
-people can be more secure by surrendering liberty

36 posted on 01/02/2013 5:22:27 AM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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