Sunday, September 25, 2022

"The Obsolete Man"

If you want the quintessential Twilight Zone showing mid-20th century liberalism it is this episode with Burgess Meredith playing a librarian in a future totalitarian society which has no need for books and thus librarians. 

As he patiently awaits his execution while tormenting and educating the chancellor (played to perfection by Eric Braeden, the Aryan's Aryan in too many TV episodes to count) he reads the 23rd Psalm among others.  How far we have come since 1961.  (That is not a positive statement.)

I was sure that was Eric Braeden but it does appear on his Wikipedia page.


  1. I'm going to have to look that up. The only Burgess Meredith Twilight Zone episode I am familiar with is the one where he is in a bank vault when the world ends and he gathers an armload of books and dropps his glasses, which break.

  2. Replies
    1. Yes. And I left the word not out of the last sentence.

    2. Also Eric Braeden played Captain Hans Dietrich in "The Rat Patrol" under his real name, Hans Gudegast.