The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 22

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1964 on CBS

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    This short film, I think, portrays the pathos of execution almost just as well as Kubrick's Paths of Glory. But this has one up on Paths of Glory, unless you see the twist coming (unfortunately, I did). The audience knows the prisoners aren't getting away in the Kubrick film; it's really more about the psychological torment of knowing exactly when you're going to die. In this, the audience's emotions are played with; there is a sense of hope that he really is escaping. Hope is natural human reaction to an indifferent world where anybody could die meaninglessly at any moment. The end of the dream and the crushing of that hope expresses the reality of the human condition fantastically. Like an EMS medic telling someone they're going to be okay when they know they aren't, it's so pathetically human. Serling, in his own right, was brilliant, but the fact that he used his show to share something he thought was brilliant was admirable, to say the least.