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BQB’s Twilight Zone Reviews – S1, Ep8 – “Enough Time at Last”

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It’s funny how every generation thinks they’re the first ones to discover a certain type of person when in realities, many of these types have existed forever.

The nerd, for example, has been around for a very long time.

Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) is a big time book nerd.  He’s dweebish and geeky, only able to see out of a big set of coke bottle glasses and thus, any hope he has for adventure comes through living vicariously through the characters in the books he loves to read.

The only problem is no one will allow him to engage in his favorite pastime. Understandably, his boss at the bank where he works as a cashier gets livid whenever Bemis pays more attention to a book than to his till.

Less understandably, Bemis’ wife is a real battle-axe, decrying her hubby’s hobby as frivolous, that only losers spend their time enveloped in fantasy.

Blah, blah, blah, long story short, one day Bemis sneaks down to the bank vault in the hopes of catching up on his reading when the whole world goes kerblooey in a nuclear blast.

He’s all alone and as often happens in the “Twilight Zone,” you’re asked to suspend disbelief and/or thoughts about plot holes, here, for example, that Bemis probably would died from radiation poisoning.  Instead, he walks about the post-apocalyptic landscape freely.

He’s the last man on earth.  No jobs.  No mean bosses or wives and low and behold, he stumbles upon the public library.  Funny, this episode is probably a librarian’s dream as it really promotes the power of the written word.

And so, left to his own devices, Bemis is able to read for the rest of his life…but will his lifelong dream come to fruition, or will there be an ironic twist?

Check it out on Netflix and find out.

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BQB’s Twilight Zone Reviews

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Hey 3.5 readers.

BQB here.

I have avoided watching “The Twilight Zone” for many years.  There are a few episodes that are key, the ones where if you ask anyone, they’ll bring those up – the killer doll, the killer ventriloquist dummy, the woman who has surgery to “look beautiful” only to end up hideous because she looks beautiful but in a world full of pig people she looks ugly, the one with the guy who thinks there’s a monster on the wing of his plane, the little boy who can do all sorts of crazy shit with his mind if any adults ever think unhappy thoughts so all the townsfolk just put up with it because everyone’s afraid to say anything to him, etc.

Plus, the theme song, or rather the “doo doo doo doo” always seems creepy.

But, I finally broke down and checked it out on Netflix and I’m hooked.

My main observation is that either a) this series was far ahead of its time or b) that it paved the way for all the scientific tropes that are pretty standard today – that machines might take over, that maybe one day we’ll meet aliens and it won’t work out as well as we hope, that inventions to improve life will inevitably screw us over, that screwing with time travel could mess up our entire existence, etc.

But keep in mind, the show doesn’t just explore the scientific but also the paranormal – deals with the devil that don’t go well for the person who signed on the dotted line, attempts to cheat death that go badly, etc.

The special effects pale in comparison to modern films, though at times, a dude in a creepy mask is a lot more frightening for some reason.  It could be that good writing goes a long way and as long as the suspense is built up, the audience can forgive the fact that the baddie is a dude in a costume and not a CGI character.

Anyway, from time to time I’m going to pop up reviews of individual episodes because dang it, I need to fill this blog up with something.

What’s your favorite episode, 3.5 readers?

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