The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 17

One More Pallbearer

Aired Unknown Jan 12, 1962 on CBS
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  • Far from Counterproductive

    8.0
    Marc Scott Zicree's criticism of this episode in his book The Twilight Zone Companion, is that it is counterproductive because the character of the villain Paul Radin (Joseph Wiseman) comes off as vulnerable, whereas the characters of the heroes (the colonel, the teacher, and the clergyman) all come off as cold and unfeeling, thus one sympathizes with the former and has no sympathy for the latter. The fact of the matter is this observation is only slightly true and not for the reasons Zicree alleges. The character of Colonel Hawthorne (Trevor Bardette) comes across as stern, matter-of-fact, and formal as one would expect from a soldier-or his case a military officer. Mrs. Langford (Katherine Squire) seems to be strict, down-to-earth, and demanding, as one would expect a schoolteacher to be. The Reverend Hughes (Gage Clark) strikes one as devout, righteous, and firm, all normal for a man of the cloth. Altogether, these characters are neither likeable nor dislikeable, but run-of-the-mill for what they are. One certainly does not feel that they deserve the punishment Radin attempts to unjustly exact upon them (for which they might even deserve sympathy), or at least one does not feel contempt for them. The character of Paul Radin, on the other hand, one feels nothing but contempt for. Paul Radin is conceited, deluded, petty, and above-all vindictive. He has had a chip on his shoulder for the punishments meted out on him by the aforementioned characters that is senseless because the fact remains that he indisputably deserved the punishments in question. Pertaining to Colonel Hawthorne court-martialing him, the fact of that matter is that Radin disobeyed a direct order in battle that led to the deaths of several soldiers under his command. Knowing Radin his reason was likely cowardice and in view of his egocentrism he has probably never given a second thought to the men who died heroes in combat because of him. Concerning Mrs. Langford flunking him, the fact of that matter is that Radin was cheating and attempted to frame one of his classmates for his wrongdoing. His actions then illustrate that he was devious, immature, and irresponsible as an adolescent and his actions now illustrate that he has not matured one iota as an adult. Regarding the Reverend Hughes denouncing him, the fact of that matter is that Radin broke the heart and the spirits of a young girl who then committed suicide. Because Paul Radin is selfish, callous, and indifferent to the feelings of others who he uses as he pleases then discards. In all, the character of Paul Radin is thoroughly unsympathetic: he is a bully and a coward, he is a megalomaniac who inside is an impotent pip-squeak, he does not rate pity for he is nothing but pitiful. Inasmuch as all of the aforesaid is true Radin is vulnerable but not in the sympathetic way Zicree asserts. Zicree calls the other characters sanctimonious hypocrites who escape unapologetic and untouched physically and emotionally to destroy the lives of others. The truth is that in punishing Radin these people were merely doing their jobs as was required of them and for that they have nothing to apologize to Radin or anyone else for. The only one who destroyed Paul Radin's life was Paul Radin, by committing the misdeeds he was punished for and by executing the revenge fantasy which pathetically backfired.
  • A man goes to great lengths to exact revenge on three people in his past life that he feels has wronged him by exposing him for who he really was. An example of arrongance taking control of a man.

    8.5
    A man builds a bomb shelter and invites three guests who had embarassed him in his youth because of his bad morals. This man invents a tale that there is about to be a nuclear bomb dropped and uses special effects on his tv and stereo system to convince them. He tells the guests that they are welcome to stay if they appologize for the wrongs that they did to him. However, the guests refuse and demand to leave to be with their family. They are disgused that the man has not changed. Upon leaving the bomb shelter, the man has become delusional and believes the lie that he created for his three guests. NYC appears to be demolished to him, despite being fine.