Shortly after I lock into Rod Sterling’s intro: “You are traveling into another dimension…” the Twilight Zone’s opening scene starts to unfold and an elderly gentleman is being escorted through 40ft tall double doors leading to a judgment council where over the narrating host continues:
[June 2, 1961]
Rod Sterling: “You walk into this room at your own risk because it leads to the future. Not a future that “will be,” but one that “might be.”
This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who’s ever planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom.
But like every one of the super states that preceded it, It has one iron rule: Logic is an enemy and Truth is a menace.”
STRONG WORDS. Wouldn’t you say?
For years I have been telling my 19-year old daughter about the dangers of reality TV. It came out of nowhere and when it first started up, the intimate insight into “the behind-the-scenes views of a couple of “average you’s,” was fine, but then the concept took off like an epidemic. Trump became even more popular via the reality show vehicle and our youth have succumb to heralding “this particular attitude” and often vocalizing, “Ugh! Reality shows have some of the dumbest people on them, I COULD DO BETTER because my life is way more screwed up than… (the subject under review}.
How is that a good premise for a show?
My warning to my daughter throughout the years was ‘I won’t stop you from watching reality shows but you must keep in mind that they are ENTERTAINMENT and more over that I really believe reality shows came into our lives to DUMB DOWN THE viewing MASSES.’ If that wasn’t the intention, it’s exactly what has and is happening. How many young girls wanted to be Paris Hilton back in the day or wanted to be Kim Kardashian yesterday? Reality icons always fall off the radar of remembrance a month after the show cancellation but during their weekly 15-minutes of fame… they are larger than life to the onlooking masses.
I warned my daughter to avoid being “one of the masses.” I advised her to look – if she must, but to stay focused on her own journey. We ran into instances where she just “wanted to be like everyone else.” I encouraged her to stand as an individual and then Twilight Zone comes on in the wee hours of this morning and it turns out maybe my advice is indeed “OBSOLETE, man.”
Peep the clip of episode 65, Twilight Zone, THE OBSOLETE MAN:
I love books and there is indeed a God, my friend.
Mr. Romney Wordsworth was a librarian and believer until the end.
Though government could not appreciate his diversity stance
and decided if he’s not “like everyone else” he must be OBSOLETE MAN.
Obsolete? Because he wasn’t as shallow as the weighted mass?
After watching this episode, I promptly got up off of my ass
to locate the reel and share the episode with you;
There’s nourishment in the Twilight Zone’s archived view.
Unfortunately it has a PRESENT DAY hue, and still – I’m not feeling it.
Twilight Zone saw signs of obsolete back then – they were reeling it.
This episode is perfect to review today, hop onto the couch of a true Twilight Zone fan,
Happy Hump Day to thee and BEING YOU is never OBSOLETE, man.