Zone Out on this 60 Year Old Gem! (Vid of the Day)

In the Witching hour of this new day, I briefly nodded off before my TV… regaining consciousness just in time for the MeTV rebroadcast of one of my all-time fave Twilight Zone episodes… Time Enough at Last. It has to be more than happenstance that they opted to showcase this classic so close to its original 11/20/1959 air date.

Submitted for our approval… we find Rod Serling’s teleplay adaptation of a short story by Lynn (pen-name Marilyn) Venable. This is where we meet her farsighted protagonist, the banker / bookworm Henry Bemis (actor Burgess Meredith), a voracious reader residing within a society that flat-out hates to read (kind of reminds us of our present-day surreal world, where weirdos love to ban and burn books).

It’s during Bemis’ lunch break where, with book and newspaper in hand, he sneaks off to secrete himself inside the bank vault, only to soon be rattled back to reality by the seismic rumblings of kick-ass, nuclear explosions. Upon emerging from his makeshift bomb shelter, he soon discovers he’s the sole survivor and that, while there’s a limitless supply of non-irradiated canned food, there’s also limitless, unbearable loneliness and utter purposelessness amidst the rubble. His profound sorrow is only mitigated when he stumbles upon a Public Library… offering him a limitless (albeit strewn) stash of literature. However… just as he’s about to settle down to savor a really good read…

If you don’t have “Time Enough”… Zone out on this 0:53 clip…

If you do have “Time Enough”… Zone out and savor this 2:23 clip…