The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

Eye of the Beholder (11 Nov. 1960)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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A young woman lying in a hospital bed, her head wrapped in bandages, awaits the outcome of a surgical procedure performed by the State in a last-ditch attempt to make her look "normal."


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6 January 2014 | darrenpearce111
| The beauty is in the meaning.
A shadowy and expertly shot piece of television history. What I love about TZ is you wont find anything filed under normal anywhere in it. The stories often have a dictator or a hierarchy who decide what is and isn't accepted in their society. This is one such state that decides that a woman must have her face changed to fit in with the others. The medical people are sympathetic, while having to adhere to the stringent rules of seven operations and if you still don't look right you're out! Notice the patient is denied even to sit outside and glimpse the sun, her condition is thought so repulsive. Rod Serling was addressing the way politicians use prejudice to manipulate and divide people, making easy scapegoats out of minorities. The analogy goes as far as you want to take it. A universal statement against fearing and hating those who do not or cant conform.

This simply oozes classic TZ more and more as it goes on.

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