Trackdown (1957–1959)

The End of the World (9 May 1958)

TV Episode   |    |  Western

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Hoby has to deal with a snake oil salesman selling the end of the world to a town filled with gullible people.


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10 September 2011 | mitchrmp
| Things Haven't Changed Much
In this episode, we see a man...a stranger, no less...ride into town and convince everyone that the world is coming to an end. Conveniently, this is going to happen at midnight. Oh, but wait! The good news is that the stranger has something he can sell the citizens if they want to protect themselves. Amazingly, he also has something for the cattle. So for a price, the world will NOT come to an end...

The whole town is panicked and willing to spend their hard earned money to keep themselves alive...They don't stop to wonder how a huge rock falling from the sky is going to protect them from these mere material things they are asked to buy. How is one town's investing going to save the whole world? Hoby is just passing through when he rides into the town. Because the Sheriff (never liked Greer as a sheriff anyhow) doesn't want to do anything to stop the madness, Hoby orders him to take off his badge. With the badge forcibly removed by Hoby, he takes over in the name of the State of Texas.

As insane as all this sound, I remember something similar happening when I was in high school. The world was going to come to an end by some major event, and people started stocking up on the supplies they would need...It really made no sense to me - how mere supplies was going to keep the world coming to an end...

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