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|Ex-mlitary nutjob loses his mind and his hearing
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Navy nutjob loses his mind and his ability to hear sound while driving everyone else nuts with his sound.
This episode was another classic Twilight Zone venture into the insanity of man, namely a man ex-military losing his mind and his ability to hear sound but at the same time driving everyone else nuts in the process.
This episode was directed by legendary film director Richard Donner who did the Superman movies, Lethal Weapon movies, The Goonies!!!, The Omen!!! and many other movies. To put in other words this was directed by one of the best American directors of our time giving this episode (in one of his early stages of his career) that extra special feel.
John McGiver stars as Roswell G. Flemington a retired Admiral, sea scout whatever you want to call him. He owns his own shipping company but spends most of his time playing loud military records of bombings from Okinawa at full blast!!!
This guy is nuts and one of the reasons why I would never join the military because of people like this (though I am sure not everyone is like this). Anyways, as stated this is another classic Zone episode written by Rod Serling that explores a man's ventures into insanity. Everyone knows he is nuts, his wife, his employees. As with other Zone episodes there is retribution for a character's abusive nature. In this case, since Flemington likes loud noise, Serling takes the ability to hear away from him-robbing him not only of the pleasure of him hearing his war songs and bombs, but his ability to annoy others with echoes of the past-namely the violence of war which shouldn't be enjoyed but it is.
John McGiver is brilliant here capturing a guy losing it right before our eyes. Even if this episode did not have the twist with the sound, this episode still shows us how one man can deteriorate over the years to the point where he himself can't identify how crazy he is. However, with that said we get glimpses of how he became insane. Flemington describes to his wife how his mom was disciplined up to the point of insanity (he could only eat fudge brownies because it produced the most limited noise!!!) Thus his insanity is sympathetic to a certain degree, the abusiveness of the mother is transferred to the son, and as the son grows older it's no wonder why he would become the way he is. Since this is the Twilight Zone of course we are course aren't really interested in this but instead we tune in to see Flemington punished.
Once again proof of how much Serling wasn't just a great writer but a great psychoanalyst. He's done other episodes before about guys whether they be in the military or not going insane but this definitely is another classic done in the last season of the show.
|Review posted on Saturday, August 30th 2008 10:29 am
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