In a small town, a man by the name of Jagger is about to be executed after being found guilty of murder. The local newspaperman, Colbey, is convinced that Jagger is innocent. He accuses Deputy Pierce of having perjured himself to get a conviction and accuses Sheriff Charlie Koch of just plain laziness in investigating the case. As the morning of his execution arrives, the townsfolk realize that the sun hasn't risen that day. They soon begin to understand the cause of the darkness that surrounds them.Written by
As the Sherriff car pulls up at about 16 minutes the license plate seen is a civilian California plate (NBW 224). Law enforcement used "E" plates at that time, and this would also be inconsistent for a "Midwestern town". See more »
Sheriff Charlie Koch on the morning of an execution. As a matter of fact, it's seven-thirty in the morning. Logic and natural laws dictate that at this hour there should be daylight. It is a simple rule of physical science that the sun should rise at a certain moment and supersede the darkness. But at this given moment, Sheriff Charlie Koch, a deputy named Pierce, a condemned man named Jagger, and a small, inconsequential village will shortly find out that there are causes ...
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Produced in the midst of the political assassinations of the 1960s, this episode of the beloved Twilight Zone series is a standout. When it was filmed and aired, this type of direct political talk about race relations in the US was not the norm for television. It was a brave endeavor and helped make a space for these types of topics to be regularly addressed on prime time television. While the themes and storyline may be obvious in some ways to a contemporary viewer, the subject of this episode is still relevant, and the moral rings true.
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