Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
After being shot in the act of a robbery, small-time bottom-feeder Rocky Valentine is visited by the angelic and portly "Mr. Pip" who transports him into a reality in which he can do no wrong. Rocky quickly discovers that "having" is not so pleasing a thing as "wanting". Especially, in the Twilight Zone. Written by
When Rocky attempts to shoot Pip, he shoots a lamp to make sure the gun works. The lamp breaks a full second after he shoots, showing that it's just an effect. See more »
Henry Francis 'Rocky' Valentine:
If I gotta stay here another day, I'm gonna go nuts! Look, look. I don't belong in heaven - see? I wanna go to the other place.
Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea you were in Heaven, Mr. Valentine? This *is* the other place!
[laughs malevolently as Valentine tries to get out of the room, to no avail]
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The most powerful morality tale ever. What happens when you're given any paradise you can invent and you're so profoundly ignorant and foul-tempered you create a hell instead of a heaven for yourself??? Look closely at this piece and consider what percentage of the planet's population would shriek in agony if they were abandoned to a paradise no better than what only they, themselves', could conceive. Rod's concise, wildly hysterical illustration of the dissolute life of Rocky Valentine carries a clear message. Rod's two principal prescriptive ethics in 'a nice place to visit', he wishes us to follow are= 'YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THE PARADISE IN WHICH WE ALL OUGHT TO LIVE' and 'MAKE HONOR YOUR LIFE'S GOAL'. When we seek the good things in life as life's ultimate goal, as rocky does, no 'good' if ever qualitatively or quantitatively enough. Rod clearly prescribes that, in order that we may elude Rocky's fate we must use life's 'goods' and pleasures as a tool to fill us with goodwill and inspire us to 'go forth' and 'give back' to the world in ways that we personally define and continually improve.
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