The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 2 Episode 8 – The Lateness of the Hour

Jana Loren lives with her parents in a large house filled with servants who cater to their every need.  Jana complains to her parents that they have retreated into this isolated life where they are completely dependent on their servants.  The back story comes out that Dr. Loren built his servants.  They’re robots.

Jana’s parents explain that far from being a prison their life is a refuge from the drudgery and danger of the outside world.  Jana flies into a rage and pushes one of the maids down the stairs.  The maid gets up, and smiling, gets back to her duties.  Now Dr. Loren tells his daughter that that she’s being irrational.  But she remains adamant that she won’t live this way anymore.  Dr. Loren assembles all of the staff and tells them to head into the basement for shut down.  The parents reconcile themselves to losing the creature comforts and Jana starts thinking about the future.  She imagines dinner parties, boyfriends and even grandchildren for her parents.

This causes her parents to panic and start to warn her that children might not be an option.  While looking through a photo album she realizes that there are no pictures of her as a child.  And now they admit that she is a robot the Doctor built to be their daughter.  Jana collapses in despair.

In the final scene we see a maid giving Mrs. Loren a shoulder massage and when the shot is opened out, we see that the maid is Jana.

As everyone who has read my reviews knows I will not tolerate mannequins or robots who think they’re humans.  And this wasn’t some exception where great acting or dialog saves it.  This isn’t good.  This is a D.

Thoughts on the Smollett Travesty

As with everyone else I’ve been amused by the level of dishonesty on exhibit by the various Progressive participants in this farce.  At the primary level we have Smollett and his Nigerian-American assistants who faked an attack and made a false police report.  They sparked a spate of politician and celebrity condemnations of President Trump, republicans, and in general, anyone who doubted the story.

At the secondary level we have all of these defenders of Smollett who even after the Chicago police confirmed Smollett’s part in the event refused to condemn him.  This is despite the testimony of the brothers who assisted him in the hoax.  They still doubt his culpability, preferring to doubt the police testimony rather than face reality about their ally.

And finally, at the tertiary level we have the media which has gone to great lengths to provide support for Smollett and his defenders in an ever-changing narrative for why all of this is President Trump’s fault.  Initially, the story was that President Trump’s supporters were the attackers.  Then we were told that background levels of racism were what inspired Smollett to exaggerate this particular incident.  And now the story says that the real victims are those poor future victims of racism who won’t be believed because of this present event.

But just as interesting is looking at the way the various voices on the Right have looked at it.  One of the more interesting discussions came from the Z-Man.  http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=16618

His main point was that the Left isn’t going to acknowledge their error and they aren’t going to learn a lesson.  That is why a long string of hoaxes will never lead to an apology from the Left.  And that is why right-wing pundits hoping to reason with the Left are wasting their time.

Perhaps the only useful thing that can happen during one of these events is to help sort out the real allegiance of those in the middle.  When some allegedly neutral party starts telling us not to judge or excuses the hoax based on historical oppression you’ve learned something.  On the other hand, if you ever find an assumed leftist who finally sees the light you’ve probably found a normie who has finally had enough hypocrisy.

Interestingly, even someone who in the last few years has been vilified by the Alt-Right as the epitome of Never-Trump foolishness can be acknowledged for a sensible insight into the phoniness of these leftist hoaxes.  Here Vox Day acknowledges that even Jonah Goldberg can provide a sensible argument to show the absurdity of these hoaxes.  https://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-obvious-implication-of-hoax-crimes.html

The only way I can see good coming from all these events is if someone made a movie out of all these hoax exposures and let it be distributed as widely as possible.  Of course, Hollywood and the media companies would never allow their distribution network to show it and the colleges would probably unleash antifa on any student groups that attempted to show it on campus but even internet access would be something useful.  It really is remarkable how outrageous some of these phony hate crimes are.

I wonder what the next one will be.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 2 Episode 7 – Nick of Time

This is a very special episode.  The usual criteria for judging the quality of these episodes cannot be used here.  One fact overrules all other considerations.  William Shatner.

Don Carter and his newlywed wife Pat are travelling from Ohio to New York City on their honeymoon when their car broke down in a small town called Ridgeview, Ohio.  Don is a salesman who is hoping to be selected as the manager back at his office.  He is also extremely superstitious.  While waiting for their car to be repaired they went into a small restaurant and ordered lunch.  On the table was a napkin holder with a novelty devil’s head fortune teller.  For one penny the devil would answer any yes or no question.  Don, of course, wanted to know if he had gotten the job.  He asked the devil and he was told it had been decided in his favor.  He called up his office and the devil’s answer were confirmed.

After this he asked a string of questions of the devil and all of them seemed to be true.  Pat became concerned that Don was becoming obsessed with the machine.  She asked him to leave.  But the devil warned him not to.  While trying to cross the road Don and Pat were almost struck by a car.

Now Don was convinced that the devil could predict the future.  The answers that the machine continued to give him were correct.  But finally, Pat gave an impassioned speech telling Don that he must break free of this fear of the future and walk away from the devil.

As Don and Pat leave the restaurant to continue their trip to New York another couple enters and begin questioning the devil.  Finally, after hearing that they could not leave Ridgeview that day the man asks, “is there any way out, any way at all?”

So, this is a pretty standard Twilight Zone story but what distinguishes it is the Shatner factor.  The overacting, the hyper-emotionalism, the spastic facial expressions.  All of the abundant skills of the famous thespian are there to see.  This is ham acting beyond dispute.  I must give it an A.

The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 2 Episode 6 – The Eye of the Beholder

Janet Tyler is a patient in a hospital.  When we first see her, she is lying in a hospital bed with her head wrapped in bandages.  Her doctor provides the back story as an annoying expository lecture to her of facts that she is obviously aware of.

He tells her that the injections she has been given are meant to alter her horrible facial deformity that makes her a source of horror and a member of a group that is forbidden to remain in the normal population.  A number of attempts have been made to cure her of her deformity and this is the final attempt allowed by law.  If she remains deformed, she will be exiled to a reservation for people with her affliction.  We learn that this world mandates conformity including conformity of appearance.

Janet becomes extremely agitated as the Doctor repeats this litany of her misfortune.  She starts yelling and complaining about the unfairness of discriminating against her appearance.  The Doctor agrees to remove her bandage that night instead of waiting another day.

The Doctor is shown in a scene talking to a nurse and reveals that he is extremely sympathetic to Janet’s plight and even talks treason by saying that appearance shouldn’t be the basis for acceptance in society.  In this scene as in all the scenes up to this point, the faces of the “normal” people, the doctors, nurses and orderlies, are heavily shadowed so that we can’t tell what they look like.

Finally, the Doctor removes the bandages in a painfully slow and boring scene and we are informed by the words and body language of the staff that Janet is still hideous.  Then we are shown her face.  She’s actually a pretty cute blonde.  And now we see what the “normal” people look like.  They’re hideous pig-snouted freaks with bizarre sharp cornered lips and other ugly features.

Knowing that she’s still a hideous monster Janet freaks out and starts running through the hospital disgusting everyone she meets.  Finally, by accident she runs into the representative of the freak reservation who is there to indoctrinate her into freak society.  Of course, he’s a leading man type and she quickly seems to relax and adjust to the idea of living in the freak colony.  As he gives her the pep talk, he concludes by telling her to think about the idea that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

This is a very famous episode and it’s been parodied several times.  But the message is anything but subtle and is pounded on the nose throughout the show, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  But ironically, the ugliness of the “normal” people and the attractiveness of the “freaks” has the opposite effect than the message from the lesson.  We are attracted by Janet and her friend and repelled by the other people.  So the real lesson we learn is avoid weird looking people because they’ll gross you out.

This episode is annoyingly didactic and normally I would punish it with a very low mark but it’s so laughably obtuse in its tone deafness that for its unintentional comedic value I’ll give it an A-.