The Perils and Pitfalls of Social Distancing … in the Twilight Zone
“Social distancing” is a new skill for most of us. Even many introverts are finding the new norms to be a bit much.
But in the fifth dimension, it’s a different story. Keeping your neighbors at arm’s length isn’t all that unusual.
Just ask astronaut Mike Ferris. He spent most of the Twilight Zone pilot, “Where is Everybody?”, wandering around an empty town. The closest thing he found to another human being was a store mannequin.
Or how about the prisoner in “The Lonely”? Poor Corry was not only in solitary confinement, he wasn’t even on Earth. Weeks would go by before anyone showed up to bring him supplies.
Then there was Henry Bemis in “Time Enough at Last”. Nothing like a little nuclear blast to ensure you get some major “me time”.
And hey, if you’re feeling trapped inside your own home, don’t complain to Sam Conrad. The lone survivor of a trip to Mars in “People Are Alike All Over” may not be alone, but he can’t even make a quick trip to the grocery store when he needs something.
Though Sam’s house-prison looks more comfortable than being the only person in the middle of the desert, as James Embry discovers in “King Nine Will Not Return”.
Sure looks hot. Though it seems as if it was even worse for Jackie Rhodes, the sweat-soaked would-be killer in “Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room”.
When it comes to social distancing, though, it’s hard to beat Jamie Tennyson in “The Silence”. A glass-encased apartment, with everything you need brought to your door? Pretty nice arrangement!
But the all-time Zone solitude pro has to be Archibald Beechcroft in “The Mind and the Matter”. Practically the minute he’s mastered the art of concentration, he’s wishing away the entire human race (except himself, of course).
But as he soon finds out, being alone for too long isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It can lead to a lot of one-on-one ranting and raving, as Grady shows us in “The Last Night of a Jockey”.
Or the ever-chatty Patrick Thomas McNulty in the final scene of “A Kind of Stopwatch”.
The people left alone in the fifth dimension crave company, as Adam Cook demonstrates in “Probe 7, Over and Out”.
Or Douglas Stansfield, hurtling through the cold reaches of deep space on a solo flight in “The Long Morrow”.
At some point, our social distancing will end. Considering how it usually plays out on The Twilight Zone, though, I hope it’s sooner rather than later! Stay safe, everyone.
Posted on 03/27/2020, in Uncategorized and tagged A Kind of Stopwatch, King Nine Will Not Return, Nervous Man in a Four-Dollar Room, On Thursday We Leave for Home, Over and Out, People Are Alike All Over, Probe 7, The Last Night of a Jockey, The Lonely, The Long Morrow, The Mind and the Matter, The Silence, Time Enough at Last, Twilight Zone, Where Is Everybody?. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.