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  •  There Was a Fair Amount of Such Material to Find. (4+ / 0-)

    Remember the old Robin Hood series? I guess it was filmed in Britain because the writers were US blackballed writers. The show did a lot of social justice from outside the reach of the crazies. Many of us boomers bought into that idealistic stuff.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 04:54:45 PM PST

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    •  Yep. (5+ / 0-)

      It'd be interesting to find out how many of the anti-war activists of late 60's, early 70's were impacted by Serling and The Twilight Zone.

      "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" should be required watching of all Americans.  You could could swap the aliens for Bin Laden and it's the same episode.  Heck any mass shooter would do also.  What's the first thing that happens after one of those?  People buy guns and ammo because they are afraid.  What was the first thing the characters do in the ep?  Grab weapons out of fear.

      I must end each day with a dose of Top Comments. A TC diary is a must for developing the calmness I need to get the required eight hours of sleep. - cohenzee

      by cohenzee on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 05:02:00 PM PST

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      •  Dead Right About That Paranoia Stuff. (5+ / 0-)

        Really the whole overarching tension of the series was fed by Cold War fears, and there was much reference & commentary about it.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 05:05:01 PM PST

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      •  Funny you should mention Bin Laden (2+ / 0-)
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        The 2002 revival of The Twilight Zone did a remake of "Monsters" that replaced the threat of aliens with terrorists and ended with the residents of Maple Street burning down the house of the family on the street they suspected of being Al Qaeda sleepers or something. The twist is that the whole thing turns out to be a test by the U.S. millitary to see how civilians would react under threat of terrorist attacks...and they've failed.

        Not nearly as good as the original, but it's a neat update to the idea for the current era.

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