Episode features a conversation between a WWII vet and a Japanese gardener in the vet's attic. Trapped together they face off and accusations fly as they have flashbacks and discuss the war... See full summary »
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
Episode features a conversation between a WWII vet and a Japanese gardener in the vet's attic. Trapped together they face off and accusations fly as they have flashbacks and discuss the war. Both reveal how it affected them leading to a violent climax. Written by
This episode has never been rerun in the United States due to complaints from Japanese-Americans. They felt that it was offensive that George Takei's character was a Japanese-American whose father helped plan the attack on Pearl Harbor. There is no evidence of any Japanese immigrant committing treason against the U.S. during World War II. This episode is rerun in other countries and is available on DVD in the U.S. See more »
[drapes his old Army dress green over his chest, chuckles]
Can you believe I used to be able to squeeze into this?
Yeah, sure. Why not?
You're just being polite. No, I'm a rancid tub of lard now.
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Don't let the college professors who put this episode down fool you. This is a good episode. There is no over the top dialogue that Twilight Zone viewers "are familiar with." (Whatever that means. The dialogue in this series is always top notch.) The acting is excellent. The only problem I can see is that there is too much talking and not enough characters and action for the more dim-witted viewers. The ending is also sub-par in this regard and there is no magic twist that their tiny brains can marvel over. This is just a dramatic contest between two foes and it's a good story. Imagine going to a play. But the surprise ending connoisseurs probably don't care much for plays.
Also, the reason this episode is "lost" is not because it's so bad. Rather, the idea of referring to Asians as not human was offensive to some viewers and therefore this episode was taken off syndication. There are a lot of lousy episodes that see lots of air time, so the "magic twist" lovers need to come up with another justification for their nonsense theories.
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