On August 6, 1945 - the last day of World War II - a forward platoon acting as artillery spotters get an eager and aggressive Lieutenant Katell. The artillery has been unable to dislodge a Japanese unit from a cave and Katell decides that the unit is going to attack. He suddenly finds himself in 1942 however, leading a Japanese unit that is about to attack Americans who are holed up in a cave. He looks into a mirror of sorts when his Japanese superior orders destroy the American stronghold. When he flashes back to 1945, he has second thoughts about the attack.Written by
When the Lieutenant first raises his binoculars to see the Japanese position, he hits the binoculars on his helmet. This is scripted. It's supposed to show that the Lieutenant is new to the battlefield. Although he acts tough and bloodthirsty, he is still new to being out in the field. See more »
'The quality of mercy is not strained, it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath. It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.' Shakespeare, the Merchant of Venice, but applicable to any moment in time, to any group of soldiery, to any nation on the face of the Earth - or, as in this case, to The Twilight Zone.
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The 1983 Twilight Zone movie featured one entirely new segment and it was actually kind of like this. This has a guy fighting in World War II getting ready to kill the Japanese. He's fairly racist. He then switches places with a Japanese soldier. I really don't know why they had it set back to 1942. Well, I guess it doesn't make much difference in the long run.
Interestingly enough, the segment from the movie became infamous because it actually killed three actors. It didn't show the guy literally changing, at least not to the audience. The moral is kind of too basic. It's still well acted. It's always fun to look at the actors in an anthology series. It's fine for what it is. ***
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