Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 2

Steel (4 Oct. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Steel (original title)

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In the near future boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. To replace his broken client, the manager decides to enter the ring and replace him.

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In the near future boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. To replace his broken client, the manager decides to enter the ring and replace him.

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Reportedly Richard Matheson's favorite Twilight Zone (1959) episode. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Sports item, circa 1974: Battling Maxo, B2, heavyweight, accompanied by his manager and handler, arrives in Maynard, Kansas, for a scheduled six-round bout. Battling Maxo is a robot, or, to be exact, an android, definition: permitted in the ring since prizefighting was legally abolished in 1968. This is the story of that scheduled six-round bout, more specifically the story of two men shortly to face that remorseless truth: that no law can be passed which will abolish cruelty...
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Makes a good point.
10 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly not from the typewriter of Rod Serling who liked boxing and wrote 'Requiem For A Heavyweight', but a story from Richard Matheson. Interesting as a vision of the future ('circa 1974') as being a time when boxing is banned as this was written during a classic era for the sport. The sight of Lee Marvin and Joe Mantell (Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room, series two),shifting their robot fighter around would have seemed pretty weird then. The way both actors deliver the lines as though their automaton was a real boxer is impressive, with words like 'oil' in their dialogue. They even overcome a ridiculous 'springy' sound effect. Lee Marvin was the perfect actor to show gritty survival qualities in any society no matter what they ban.

Adds to the diversity of the Zone. The message is clear.


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