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The Obsolete Man 

In a future totalitarian society, a librarian is declared obsolete and sentenced to death.

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Romney Wordsworth
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In a futuristic totalitarian world, meek and mild-mannered librarian Romney Wordsworth finds himself on trial for being obsolete. This future society has decided on everything people need to know. There is no God and there are no books. Society doesn't need librarians. Romney makes an impassioned plea about his rights and free will but the judge in the case, the Chancellor, will have nothing of it. The jury finds Romney obsolete and orders him to be executed. As he can choose the method of his death, Romney's plans include a little surprise for the Chancellor. Written by garykmcd

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The definition of the character Subaltern means Junior Officer. See more »

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At the beginning, the Subaltern is heard to say, "Wordsworth, Romney, obsolescence," but his lips are not moving. See more »

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Subaltern: Stand where you are. No further. You have been removed from office. The Field Investigators have declared you "Obsolete".
Chancellor: Obsolete?
Subaltern: [robotic monotone] You have disgraced the State, you have proven yourself a coward; you have, therefore, no function. You are Obsolete!
Chancellor: But I'm not. I'm not obsolete!
Subaltern: YOU ARE OBSOLETE!
Jurors: Obsolete! Obsolete!
Subaltern: YOU ARE OBSOLETE!
Chancellor: [hysterical] You're making a terrible mistake, a tragic mistake! I'm not obsolete! I *work* for the State, I *believe* in the state! I help give ...
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Irony meter
16 May 2016 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I found the episode a little too heavy-handed and preachy. However, I usually like reading IMDb commentary on TZ episodes, because the comments are generally of high quality, and you can find interesting reactions and perspectives.

This time, I think my irony meter broke. I'm astonished at the comments suggesting that we ALREADY live in the world depicted by this episode. The irony of such a comment is apparently lost on those commenters. No government dictated what they could watch. They were free to comment in a public forum without repercussions. Their comments weren't edited or removed by anyone. They can easily read from a vast, massive variety of books that are published without governmental interference. And yet they think we're already living this episode.

I'll have to get a new irony meter. This one is smoking and making sad popping noises.


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