Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 19

The Purple Testament

originally aired: February 12, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: William Reynolds, Dick York

"Infantry platoon, US Army, Phillipine Islands, 1945. These are the faces of the young men who fight. As if some omnicient painter had mixed a tube of oils that were at one time erath brown, dust gray, blood red, and fear--yellow white. And these men were the models. This is the province of combat. These are the faces of war."

classification: war

story: Lieutenant Fitzgerald has the ability to see a strange light in the faces of the men who are about to die in the war. He eventually sees the light in his own face.

my summary: A pretty intriguing idea, really. I wonder if many soldiers go into battle with a feeling one way or another? How awful. I'd rather not know, if it's all the same. Definitely one of Serling's most poetic opening monologues. HEY! Dick York is in this?

"From William Shakespeare, Richard the Third, a small exerpt. The line reads: He has come to open the purple testament of bleeding war. And for Lieutenant William Fitzgerald, A Company, First Platoon, the testament is closed. Lieutenant Fitzgerald has found The Twilight Zone."