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Episode 80 – “A Quality of Mercy”

This is one of several episodes set close to the end of a war, in this case, the end of World War II in the Pacific theater. In contrast to the beginning of a war, when no one knows which … Continue reading

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Episode 76 – “Still Valley”

Like “The Passersby,” “Still Valley” is set late in the Civil War, as the South is losing the war. It is in this context that the episode addresses the ethics of war and warfare. There are two large questions about the … Continue reading

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Episode 71 – “The Mirror”

“The Mirror” is a rather heavy-handed warning about the tendency of revolutions to lead to tyranny and fascism. Airing within two years of Castro’s rise to power in Cuba, Serling is unapologetic about this episode’s presentation of a fictional version … Continue reading

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Episode 69 – “The Passersby”

Is sympathy called for in response to the opening scene when we realize, that the passersby are Confederate soldiers at the close of The Civil War in April, 1865, and the house they are passing contains an ailing Confederate woman, Lavinia, whose … Continue reading

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Episode 68 – “The Shelter”

During the fall of 2001 students in my Introduction to Philosophy course watched this episode on the afternoon  the same day in which, hours before, the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. were attacked … Continue reading

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