In case folks haven’t had a chance to see the Twilight Zone episode “Night of the Meek” it is an often overlooked holiday treasure well worth a viewing. I’ve included the link at the end of this post to where you can watch the full episode on Hulu. Rod serling is one of those great examples of a committed UU in so many ways. He only started focus his writing on Science fiction because he was frustrated by all the cuts being made to his work by network executives and sensors. Committed to causes like civil rights, peace, and economic justice and so would try and address those subjects in his screenplays but it all got taken out or reworked because the networks were afraid of taking up controversial subjects like racism and possibly losing advertisers. Sterling was needed in a pinch for a sci fi script and as always he used the story to engage people around their prejudice but because of the fact that it was speculative fiction about a universe that doesn’t exist or an invented idea of the future his work went to screen without editing. Where they just not seeing it through the space suits or did the higher ups just feel that the public would react better to this once removed way of talking about hot button issues? I suspect it was a bit of both. In any event I hope folks will watch and enjoy it as much as I do.