In the not too distant future, boxing has been banned and replaced by robot fighters in the ring. Sam "Steel" Kelly is a former boxer but now owns one of these pugilistic machines. Unfortunately his robot, which he's named Battling Maxo, is getting old and many of its parts are no longer available. Kelly is broke and is doing everything he can to ensure Battling Maxo can enter the ring as the promoter has made it clear there's no payment if there's no bout. When Maxo breaks down however, Kelly decides to takes its place. Written by
This episode takes place in Maynard, Kansas on August 2, 1974. See more »
Portrait of a losing side, proof positive that you can't outpunch machinery. Proof also of something else: that no matter what the future brings, man's capacity to rise to the occasion will remain unaltered. His potential for tenacity and optimism continues, as always, to outfight, outpoint, and outlive any and all changes by his society, for which three cheers and a unanimous decision rendered from the Twilight Zone.
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It was a very good choice to choose Lee Marvin to play the principle character in this episode. He has those chiseled features and the brow of a boxer. I wonder if the actor, himself, had taken a few shots himself. This is one of those stories where someone gets so desperate because of some bad decisions that he literally must put his life on the line. The intriguing things is that boxing has become so violent that it has been outlawed. This is stupid, but it brought me back to an episode of the idiotic Jetsons episode where the football game they are watching features two teams of robots. So Marvin is chosen to fight a robot because his out of date product is damaged. He has to last or lose everything. The story is a lot of fun and keeps one's attention to the end.
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