In His Image
|"In His Image"|
|The Twilight Zone episode|
Alan discovers that he is a robot.
|Episode no.||Season 4
|Directed by||Perry Lafferty|
|Written by||Charles Beaumont (From his short story.)|
|Original air date||January 3, 1963|
"In His Image" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone aired on January 3, 1963. This was the first episode of the fourth season. Each episode was expanded to an hour (with commercials) from "In His Image" until "The Bard'". The fourth season is the only season of The Twilight Zone to have each episode one hour long.
|“||What you have just witnessed could be the end of a particularly terrifying nightmare. It isn't – it's the beginning. Although Alan Talbot doesn't know it, he's about to enter a strange new world, too incredible to be real, too real to be a dream. It's called The Twilight Zone.||”|
Alan Talbot seems to be an average man leading a normal life. He falls in love with a woman named Jessica Connelly. One day, he starts hearing strange noises that give him headaches and the urge to kill. He throws a religious fanatic under a train.
He takes Jessica to visit his hometown, but his memory seems to betray him. Nothing in the town is as he remembers. While seeking answers, he comes face to face with his double. It turns out that he is an android created by Walter Ryder in his own image, provided with Walter's memories from twenty years before. Walter has been trying to create a less flawed image of himself with mixed success. Alan is the third such creation, and has been "living" for only eight days. Alan is mentally flawed and can't be fixed; when Walter explains this to him, Alan stabs Walter with a pair of scissors and escapes.
Finally accepting the truth, Alan returns to Walter and tells him about Jessica. Alan wants Walter to replace him with a properly functioning android who will love and care for Jessica, but after seeing a religious pamphlet on which Alan writes Jessica's address for Walter, Alan malfunctions again and tries to kill Walter. After the struggle, the survivor goes to Jessica and asks her to marry him. In the final scene, it is revealed that the survivor is Walter and that Alan's broken form lies amid the wreckage of the laboratory where he was "born".
|“||In a way, it can be said that Walter Ryder succeeded in his life's ambition, even though the man he created was, after all, himself. There may be easier ways to self-improvement, but sometimes it happens that the shortest distance between two points is a crooked line – through the Twilight Zone.||”|
The Rod Serling monologue is also used as the ending of the song "Threatened" by Michael Jackson. The sample ends with a fading echo of the word "beginning" repeated as the sound decreases.
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