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Aug 26 14 10:59 AM
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Aug 27 14 8:39 AM
Dan Hollis wrote:
Even if he didn't break his glasses, what would happen to Henry at night? Did he find a huge supply of candles or a kerosene lantern which would provide enough illumination to read or even get around?How did Henry take care of his bathroom needs?How would he keep warm in the winter?What if he needed medical attention?
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Sep 16 14 6:47 AM
midnight wrote:Favorite Part: The twist!
Least Favorite Part: That his wife ruined his book! She put so much effort into it too.
Sep 16 14 2:49 PM
Midnight, I like your "Favorite Part / Least Favorite Part" idea Wish I'd thought of it.
Sep 17 14 8:01 AM
Oct 13 14 12:39 PM
not fair.” – Henry Bemis.
of the hallmarks of The Twilight Zone is irony.
And perhaps the best example is this mild mannered, utterly unassuming masterpiece. This episode became an instant classic and
helped define the series on a whole.
Whenever you first happened across The Twilight Zone, it probably wasn’t
long before Henry Bemis entered and exited the stage with the grace of an atom
bomb. You can’t “un-see” Time Enough At
Last. It stays with you.
its core, it is a fable about moderation.
Too much of one thing can be ruinous.
When you put your proverbial blinders on, you obsess over that
thing. You let that one thing consume
you. It becomes your world. For Henry, reading became his world. He didn’t really care about the possibility
of a nuclear attack. He didn’t really
care about his job. He didn’t really
care about his marriage. He was too
consumed in his own little world. His
obsession with reading was a disease. He
isn’t a bad man, but he is an ill one. He
is inadequate at doing anything because he cannot take his mind off of
Meredith does a wonderful job at bringing Henry to life. The curiosity in his voice and the enthusiasm
he brings when talking about books elevates a role that is half meant to be caricature. There is a meekness in Henry that is in
direct opposition with the destruction of war.
direction is phenomenal. The opening
shot has the camera from above looking down at the people who are oblivious to
what is about to happen to them. A great
effect is when Henry emerges from the vault and sees the world in a blur. Then we see the glasses go on and the camera
fact that he works at a bank and miscounts someone’s money because he is
preoccupied with a book he’s reading is not an accident. He places more value in books. His priorities are at odds with the world he
spends so much of his time in stories from books that he virtually has no life
of his own. But the episode is even more
specific than that. Henry isn’t only a
dreamer who enjoys the escape of books.
If that were his only problem, the episode would not be as harsh. In fact, escapism is often rewarded in The
Twilight Zone. But he is truly an addict
of reading. They make it a point to
reference that he also reads condiment bottles and lapel pins. It’s not just the meaning behind the words;
it’s the act of doing it.
further illustrate Henry’s single mindedness, his glasses are particularly
exaggerated. He is blind in more ways
than one. As such he deserves his ironic
end. The man so self absorbed in his own
personal hobby is the man doomed to loneliness.
Life was an inconvenience that took time away from his reading.
is amusing to see that the president at the bank is delighted to hear that
Henry’s wife doesn’t let him read at home.
In this way, the world is against Henry.
He is a man that doesn’t belong.
A nice bit of dialog has Henry taking pleasure in his wife’s syntax,
“You said a husband of mine…well how many husbands have you got?” This shows that he is passive aggressively
dismissive of the real world’s conflict.
Even as she gets in his face, he retreats his mind to words.
has to hide his books from his wife and is under constant supervision from
her. He is like a criminal sneaking
around and made to feel guilty over his passion. When his wife teases him about reading some
to her aloud, he is overjoyed. Just for
a moment, he thought he was safe. When
he sees the book has been defaced, he is hurt.
It is like promising an addict a fix and then denying them defiantly at
the last second. When she rips the pages
out, it is like she is ripping him apart.
His glasses even fall off and he drops to his knees to further
president at the bank says he’s never read David Copperfield. His wife berates his book of poetry as a
waste of time. They aren’t just lesser
readers than Henry, they are a different species.
has lunch in the bank vault everyday as a place of escape. This becomes literal when it protects him
from the nuclear holocaust.
idea of being the last man on earth is conceptually fascinating. As is the idea that being miraculously saved
is actually a curse. We are shown that
Henry has enough food so that isn’t a concern.
But he laments the sameness of each day.
As such an avid reader, his mind is used to turning the page and getting
new stories constantly. Now he is an
addict suffering withdrawal.
Henry ponders suicide, he is emulating mankind.
This story is also a warning that we may have the capability to destroy
ourselves. In it, we destroy ourselves
by blowing each other up. As Henry holds
the gun he mentions being forgiven for his suicide. It is a delicate way of reinstituting the
idea of the higher power; or perhaps the almighty onlooker. Rod’s narration in the middle of the episode
also suggests that Henry is being watched by his narrator. He gets an answer to his prayers with the surfacing
of the public library.
image of the stairs leading up to the destroyed library is striking. It has a sacking of Rome feel to it. It is a fallen empire.
love that we get a glimpse into Henry’s ideal future when he stacks books to
cover the coming months and years. This
is also a prolonged set up. He spends a
good deal of time plotting out his future readings. All so that just as he is about to indulge
himself, the glasses break.
timeless episode. 10
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Paul Giammarco wrote:Henry certainly was a prolific reader - When the bomb went off, the book that flipped open was "The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, Volume II" by Washington Irving. It opened to a section of Chapter VI Return to Veragua.--The Adelantado Explores the Country. I found this via freeze-frame, footnote search and word search.
Dec 30 15 11:28 PM
Dan Hollis wrote: Here is Venable's ending (by the way, Venable named Henry's wife Agnes, not Helen):But now he steadied away. From the pile about him, he selected one volume, sat comfortably down on an overturned shelf, and opened the book.Henry Bemis smiled.There was the rumble of complaining stone. Minute in comparison with the epic complaints following the fall of the bomb. This one occurred under one corner of the shelf upon which Henry sat. The shelf moved; threw him off balance. The glasses slipped from his nose and fell with a tinkle.He bent down, clawing blindly, and found, finally, their smashed remains. A minor, indirect destruction stemming from the sudden, wholesale smashing of a city. But the only one that greatly interested Henry Bemis.He stared down at the blurred page before him.He began to cry.
Dec 30 15 11:43 PM
ipomea wrote:By the way, whoever posted about a book that has the original stories, I'd love to read it?
By the way, whoever posted about a book that has the original stories, I'd love to read it?
Dec 30 15 11:58 PM
Dec 31 15 10:08 PM
Chick With Brains
ipomea wrote: too many books, too little time... "She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain.."-LM Alcott.
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