In a futuristic world a man and a woman, from opposing sides in a devastating war, meet in a deserted city. They don't share a common language and she is quite wary of her opponent, though he doesn't appear aggressive in any way. When she attempts to kill him, he goes off on his own. It's obvious that society and civilization has been destroyed and she begins to reconsider. Written by
(at around 04 mins) The music on the soundtrack as the man strikes the woman and she falls to the floor is the exact music that was used as the theme for the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater", which ran on the CBS radio network from January 1974 to December 1982. Since "The Twilight Zone" was produced by CBS Television, all of the music (both main theme music and incidental music) became part of the CBS music library, and much of the music from the "CBS Radio Mystery Theater" was drawn from "The Twilight Zone". See more »
The announcer mentions that it has been five years since anyone has been in the town but food in the restaurant has remained edible, water is still standing in kettles and also in the basin in the barber shop, and newspapers left outside exposed to the elements are undamaged by rain. See more »
This has been a love story - about two lonely people, who found each other - in The Twilight Zone.
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'Mutually Assured Destruction' and how far would it go?.
Yet another story that imagines life after a third world war. Rod Serling speaks in his introduction as though this could be on another planet, or a near extinction of people that may have already happened. In any case it is concerned with the then topical subject of nuclear war and survival following it. A pretty similar scenario was to emerge in the fifth season as well (similar down to the respective ladies' eye shadow).
The deep-rooted mutual hatred of the enemy forces become obvious by the way the two principals regard each other with such suspicion years after the hostilities ended. Both Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery give their best to make this TZ an interesting one that takes you into a fascinating imagined future situation resulting from humanity's self-destructive nature. An effective entry because there's such a feeling of danger, even just between a man and a woman, and after an apocalypse. It suggests to me two cultures that have taken on an irrational level of mutual hatred. No doubt fuelled by vile propaganda on each side.
The 'Bewitched' contingent in TZ all made good episodes. Dick York in 'A Penny For Your Thoughts' and 'The Purple Testament'. Agnes Moorhead in 'The Invaders', and David White in 'A World of Difference'(plus the not good 'I Sing The Body Electric').
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