This is one of the best episodes of one of the best written series ever to air on television.
The writing on The Outer Limits is frequently very good.
The stories frequently seem well thought-out. The acting is often top-notch. The special effects are almost always eye-catching in this series.
In this episode - which was amazingly directed, narrated, and shot as well - all these things came together beautifully.
The theme this time is man's inhumanity to man, part of the age-old conflict of man-against-man.
The episode beautifully shows up the tragedy this often brings when acted out in the large. It uses irony to portray how when people kill others, or treat them with cruelty - they are often harming themselves too. They just do not know it yet.
This is one episode that everyone should watch.
Because people still have not learned that lesson yet.
It is more than a story. It is a fact.
I feel pity for anyone who sees this show and thinks it is about Jews and Germans.
Virtually all of the main characters and extras were were Germans, right? And they were all human beings - no matter when or where they dwelled.
That was the message of the show.
What the characters did in the show, that was the true measure of their character.
Their character was not determined by their status. Nor was it determined by who other characters - or the viewer - associated them with.
Rather, it is how they treated other people that counted. That was the whole point of the story, in a nutshell.
Their actions towards others were either noble or unthinkably cruel; just or unjust. The way the story ended for the main characters was likewise - aboslutely just, or completely unjust.
People's actions had consequences on how the story played out. Consequences for themselves, consequences for those they loved. Even consequences for those they did not really know, and whose lives they affected in ways they could never know.
The writer did not mess around with shades of gray.
He showed a very dazzling color picture. And, as you turned the corner after looking at it, in the denoument - he showed you that these things really were black and white.
Good was truly nice, evil was truly bad. And hovering around them, was Justice that did not come from judges or even other people. Really, the justice they received came from themselves - not anyone out to teach them a lesson.