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Friday, January 12, 2007 |
( 1/12/2007 07:38:00 AM ) Bill S.
HELPIN' MISTER BEMIS – So I'm reading the first volume of Kurata & Yamata's Read or Die manga (review to ultimately follow), and as I'm beginning this series about a supernaturally gifted bookworm teacher, I find myself thinking of that famous Twilight Zone episode, "Time Enough At Last," wherein Burgess Meredith's put-upon reader Henry Bemis finds himself alone after a nuclear holocaust, only to "ironically" have his glasses break. Even as a kid, I found problems with that sad teledrama conclusion: whoever wrote it*, I suspected, had never worn glasses themselves. You own prescription eyeglasses, and you always keep the previous prescriptions in case somp'n bad happens to the first set. (Remember Ralphie breaking his peepers in A Christmas Story?) I've got my old glasses, for example, in the glove box of the car.
Too, thinking further as a young glass-wearing booknerd eager to take the sting out of Bemis' plight, what was to keep the guy from stumbling to the nearest optometrist's office and rummaging through the drawers of finished prescription glasses that obviously wouldn't be picked up by the original customers? ("Time Enough," which originally aired in 1959, predates the founding of LensCrafters by 24 years.) Sorry, Rod, but once Henry stopped sobbing to himself, he could've pulled himself up and gotten back to reading all the books he wanted to.
This has been your Pointless Refutation of Classic Sci-Fi Television posting for the day.
*Rod Serling did the script from a short story by the otherwise-unknown-to-me Lyn Venable. # |