The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 22

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

Aired Unknown Mar 04, 1960 on CBS

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  • When something unexplainable happens, you'll point fingers at everyone. That's kinda what's happening on Maple Street.........

    A mysterious power outage causes chaos on Maple Street. Everyone wants to know why and they start blaming everyone they can apply an oddity to…..

    Everybody points a finger at anyone with a recently learned oddity. What do you have a ham radio for? Why are you so quick to accuse? Why are YOUR lights flickering on and off? Why did YOUR car start and not mine? Why did it start by itself?
    In a situation/ problem in which there is no apparent answer, you'll accuse everyone and anyone just to have some substance to stand on.

    This episode really shows how fear is created and how it can rip groups of people apart. Fear can really get to you and cause a large amount of chaos. It really can get to people if they are all talking and put ideas in your head. For example, what Tommy said put the whole alien idea into people's heads. When all sense is abandoned, anything seems reasonable. Even the idea of alien agents is something that is accepted. It really shows how people will act in unfamiliar situations, and I think that if this situation really happened, the people will act just like the people in this episode. The episode really shows that man himself is his greatest enemy.
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