Sunday, July 5, 2009

Are We Seeing Monsters?

I've always liked 'The Twilight Zone' (few people would be surprised!). Rod Serling was one of the most creative television writers of the 50's and 60's. His creation of this television series and genre showed that T.V. could be more than mindless escapism; he was one of a number of writers who demonstrated that this new medium could be something challenging and thought provoking. As an adult, watching these reruns, I began to see these programs as morality plays that gave more and more insight into the human psyche and soul.

This particular episode, 'Monsters are Due on Maple Street', says much about the fear and paranoia of American society at the height of the Cold War and as our country was 'recovering' from the McCarthy Era. But I think it speaks volumes to us today as we have become comfortable with fear and suspicion of one another.

I tried to find a suitable excerpt from the episode, but having failed that, I'm sharing with you the whole episode. Hope you can take time to watch it.

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

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