The Obsolete Man

In this episode of “Against the Mountains of Madness,” hosts Jason and John C. Wright delve into the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Obsolete Man,” starring Burgess Meredith and Fritz Weaver. The story, set in a dystopian future, follows a librarian deemed obsolete by an oppressive state that has outlawed books and religion. The librarian, played by Meredith, is given a choice in his method of execution and cleverly turns the tables on his oppressors, revealing the state’s inherent weakness and his own unwavering faith. Through detailed discussion, Jason and John explore themes of totalitarianism, human dignity, and the enduring power of faith and intellect. The episode highlights the timeless relevance of the Twilight Zone’s cautionary tale and its profound commentary on society’s need for something greater than itself.

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