The Changing of the Guard

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  • 4.0

    So long, Mr Chips

    By OmarCayenne, Nov 13, 2011

    At least we get to see Pleasence in a mellow mood as a Mr Chips type (not somebody like that storm-causing guy in The Outer Limits or the Humpty Dumpty villain of Puma Man!). But the idea is an awfully sappy one. Odd that teachers seem to be the only ones on screen given to similarly piteous musings; how fortunate I suppose for the rest of us that we are spared the grief of such self-indulgences.

    Also, one can't help but think (well, this one at least) that, along with all the high-toned words and ideals he passed along, perhaps he should've taught more of his students how to duck. ;)moreless

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  • 10

    This is one of my favorites.

    By StarRazor, Jun 06, 2009

    It gives a person though on how replaceable you can be, But how you can also impact peoples lives with out realizing it. You can see how much he cares for his students and wants them to be somebody in life. Then toward the end was shown that he did what he set out to do. How he gave many students what they needed to go forth in to the real world as a well rounded individual. He asked for little then to keep going at his job. It still relates to today and how we do to age or other thing can be replaced even if we make impacts in to lives and are still able to do our job. I love this episode do to its timelessness and how it can apply to today and even tomorrow. It is a wonderful episode one of the best.moreless

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  • 8.5

    A curmudgeonly old professor prepares to off himself upon being forced into retirement, but is saved by the bell.

    By millerem99, Nov 18, 2008

    Professor Fowler is a gruff but gentle old soul who's been instructing high school boys for 51 years of his life in poetry and literature. As he wraps up class before Christmas break, he muses to the boys that although they are by and large "dunderheads" that they're nice ones at that, and will no doubt leave their mark on society.

    As Professor Fowler bids good-bye to his students in the hallway, the headmaster calls him into his office and informs him that he's been given written notice of his termination (which Professor Fowler didn't know because he doesn't always read his mail). Stunned, the older man leaves and makes his way home.

    Poring over old the pictures of his former students in yearbooks, he confides to his housekeeper that his life has been a waste, and that none of the students who took his courses ever remembered what he taught them anyway. Unbeknownst to her, he takes off outside, and later she discovers that the revolver in his desk is missing.

    His would-be suicide attempt is interrupted, however, by the tolling bells calling class to assemble. In disbelief, Professor Fowler heads over to the school. He is soon paid a visit by former students, all of whom died valiantly, and all of whom were touched by Professor Fowler's instruction.

    The message of the episode is familiar - that we never know the impact that we're truly having. For me, what made this one extra special was the endearing personality of Professor Fowler, as well as the fact that I can relate so well as a teacher myself. While I do not teach a subject in school, I spend hours each week preparing for youth group devotions and Sunday School lessions alike, and often wonder if the high school kids I teach are benefitting from - or even remembering - what I teach them.moreless

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  • 8.5

    One of my favorite episodes of the series.

    By calicow, Dec 31, 2005

    In this episode of the "Twilight Zone", starred one of my favorite actors: Donald Pleasence.

    The plot of the episode is an aging professor (Pleasence) contemplates committing suicide, because of when he was informed by the headmaster that the administration of the school where he teaches chose not to renew his contract, forcing him into retirement. At hearing the news from the headmaster, Professor Fowler begins to fear that because of he having to retire, he didn't make a differnce in his students lives.

    When he arrived home and went through his older records, reminiscing about his previous students, thinking that he didn't help them at all. After awhile, when his maid came into his study to check on him, Professor Fowler speaks his mind to her about what happened and went for a walk to his classroom before dinner.

    What happened next is what I enjoyed about the episode, that was when he stepped into the twilight zone to have a chance meeting with his old students from a span of fifty years and they all walked over to him and told him all that they learned from his teaching and how they admired him, causing the professor to finally realise the importance his teaching was and how he made a difference, through his students around him, something he told his maid when he arrived home.

    In all, this episode is a great example of why I always enjoy watching "The Twilght Zone".moreless

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