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.
All of this is to as cryptic Asti looks LOL!
Thanks for this.
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.
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.
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!
Found it on Netflix....streaming...season 2, episode 29. Going to watch it now! Thanks!
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.
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.
One of my all time favorites. Also the howling man.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.