As Marilyn Cuberle approaches her 19th birthday she faces a momentous decision. Like everyone else in this futuristic society, she must choose which look she will adopt in the transformation process. Here, all men and women look like one of a series of approved faces, all are beautiful or handsome. Marilyn doesn't want to change her appearance and is happy to look different from anyone else. Everyone assures her that she is under no obligation to undergo the transformation - but they go out of their way to make it difficult for her to say no. Written by
Although this show is fictional, since its airing in 1964, plastic surgery has been improved to almost change a person's face entirely, bodybuilding pills and steroids have been continually worked on, and scientists have been looking into "selective memory removal" and "mental illness removal", researching if electrode convulsive therapy, microchips and certain drugs could alter thought patterns, mental health and memories entirely. As of 2015, it's still a long way off before any results could possibly appear. Many people who watch shows like The Twilight Zone oppose research like this because of moral and ethical reasons brought up in the show. See more »
When Marilyn first walks into Dr. Rex's office, part of her arm is cut off by the split screen process used to enable Suzy Parker to appear on screen as two different characters. See more »
You see, the transformation must be performed when the body and the tissue are at the proper state.
No, I'll never change my mind.
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Young rebellious girl does not want mandatory plastic surgery in order to confirm to society
It's one of my favorite episodes and spotlights how beauty is rewarded in our culture. It's also something that is happening today with plastic surgery and our youth. It was before it's time (1964) but it shows how plastic surgery is so common today. It's scary and shows where this country could be headed.
I recently found out there is a young adult book (actually a series) entitled "Uglies" written by Scott Westerfeld that is eerily similar to the Twilight Zone episode. See the book's plot line below. The episode was written by Charles Beaumont. Mr. Beaumont died in 1967.
The book is spotlighted in the September 20, 2007 issue of "PW Children's Bookshelf". Here is the plot line "....set in a futuristic world where mandatory surgery at the age of 16 ensures that everyone conforms to an ideal standard of beauty. The novel's premise and heroinea rebellious girl named Tally who has not yet undergone the operationappealed to teen readers, who eagerly followed her evolving saga...." I have not read the book but it sounds like this Twilight Zone episode.
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