1.5 One of the crueller TZ eps out there was featured in Marclay's The Clock. It serves the bloody old anti-intellectual canard about the bookish types being at core a misanthropic aberration who greet any faint chance to snub at the existing frame of things for spurious betterment & paper parapets. As in other TZ midcentury sermons, Faustian contract teems with hidden caveats but TE@L charges at goddamn... reading?!
[Nu] "You sir are a reader!" (said with a "You sir, are a paedophile!" tone). I really fell in love with this character so much in love with print, books, authors, stories e reading he'd jeopardise marriage, social interactions and job in order to pursue his 'kink'. It was his porn. This is but one of three TTZ 9.2 stars ratings on IMDb, yet as one comes to MUBI were stunned to see its rating watered down. Ugh y'all.
To pick just one episode is a BOLD statement, but this is my favorite Twilight Zone story <3 Tragic irony is what life is made of. Most book lovers, painfully aware it will never be time enough, may be spotted reading in every possible place, buses, queues, tables, beds and airplanes...
Dimestore sci-fi as Greek tragedy. One of the rare pieces of anthology television as satisfying as a great short story. Also inspired a Simpsons 'Treehouse of Horror' segment that plays off the differences between Henry Bemis and Homer Simpson. I too never feel truly alone if I have books. Watching the naff 'Twilight Zone Movie' really brings home how good some of the original series is.