“The Obsolete Man” takes playground in a dystopian while by which a sour, strict, ultra-Communist govt has taken regulate of the arena. Burgess Meredith performs a affectionate librarian named Wordsworth whose occupation — and, gasp, trust in God — are regarded as out of date by way of the federal government. On this while, out of date people are put to demise. Wordsworth is authorized to make a choice his form of execution.
He chooses to be trapped in a locked room with a pace bomb month his ultimate moments are televised international. Wordsworth additionally lures the Shape’s Chancellor (Fritz Weaver) into the room with him ahead of explaining concerning the bomb and the cameras. The Chancellor can not depart with out dropping face. Wordsworth makes use of his ultimate few moments to lecture the Chancellor at the energy of compassion.
The episode ends when the Chancellor escapes … however after is apprehended and placed on trial. The Chancellor is said out of date and crushed to demise by way of the Shape. Rod Serling’s latter narration lays it naked: “Any state, any entity, any ideology which fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man … that state is obsolete.”
In Marc Scott Zicree’s precious accumulation “The Twilight Zone Companion,” Silverstein recollects the enhancing factor that were given him in bother. “The Obsolete Man” used to be very summary, taking playground in large part in an expressionistic court docket territory coated by way of a refrain of scowling Nazi-like judges. Silverstein sought after the judges to “sing” their disapproval to their plaintiff, the Chancellor, moaning in an eerie, nightmarish model ahead of dragging him throughout an extended desk and killing him.
The episode’s scribbler sought after to scale down a couple of moments of “singing” ahead of seizing the Chancellor. Disagree, Silverstein stated, it must develop. He and the scribbler fought over it.