As Marilyn Cuberle approaches her 19th birthday she faces a momentous decision. Like everyone else in this futuristic society, she must choose which look she will adopt in the transformation process. Here, all men and women look like one of a series of approved faces, all are beautiful or handsome. Marilyn doesn't want to change her appearance and is happy to look different from anyone else. Everyone assures her that she is under no obligation to undergo the transformation - but they go out of their way to make it difficult for her to say no.Written by
When Marilyn first walks into Dr. Rex's office, part of her arm is cut off by the split screen process used to enable Suzy Parker to appear on screen as two different characters. See more »
I can't decide, 8 or 12. I think 12 might suit you better. What do you think, Marilyn?
[looks up, while browsing catalogue]
You weren't even listening.
I'm sorry, mother.
I don't understand you, darling. Most girls your age are thrilled to death when it comes time to pick a pattern. You haven't even looked at the ones the bureau sent over.
Oh, I looked at 'em.
I remember how excited I was before I was done. I couldn't sleep for nights. I finally chose number 12. I ...
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Collin Wilcox stars as 18 year-old Marilyn Cuberle, who is pressured to undergo an operation to transform the way she looks into one of several possibilities. This occurs at 19, but Marilyn doesn't want the operation, feeling she is beautiful the way she is, and because of her late and much loved father, who opposed it. Sadly, he is gone, and Marilyn learns to her existentialist horror that no one in her life, or indeed in society itself any longer, can understand how she feels, and how unbearably alone she really is... Stunning episode turns its sparse production to its advantage, portraying a future society where everyone is expected to be the same in chilling detail. Wilcox delivers an entirely heartfelt, believable performance that makes its inevitable outcome all the more devastating, and may bring a tear to the eye. A perfect companion piece to the more famous 'Eye Of The Beholder', this episode is a masterpiece, whose reputation has at least risen with time. One could substitute beauty with thought and lose none of its point. Holds a mirror to our modern society like no other...
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