Twilight Zone Second Season

"Adam Grant, a nondescript kind of man found guilty of murder and sentenced to the electric chair. Like every other criminal caught in the wheels of justice he's scared, right down to the marrow of his bones. Bu it isn't the prison that scares him, the long, silent nights of waiting, the slow walk to the little room, or even death itself. It's something else that holds Adam Grant in the hot, sweaty grip of fear, something worse than any punishment this world has to offer, something found only in the Twilight Zone."

Grant is scared that this is all a dream, a recurring nightmare that has him waking up screaming every night. D.A. Ritchie thinks it's a preposterous idea, but his friend Paul Carson, a newspaper editor, isn't so sure. He's worried that when Grant is electrocuted they will all cease to exist. Carson gets Ritchie to visit Garnt in his cell. Ritchie still does not believe Grant, even when Grant lip-synchs every word that Ritchie says. As midnight approaches, Carson convinces Ritchie that Carson is a mental incompetent. As Ritchie picks up the phone to call the governor, the switch is pulled, and Ritchie and Carson disappear. All is blackness, then Grant is back in the courtroom being sentenced. Some of the people are different, but the scenario is the same - and the nightmare is starting over.

"We know that a dream can be real, but who ever thought that reality could be a dream? We exist, of course, but how, in what way? As we believe, as flesh-and blood human beings, or are we simply parts of someone's feverish, complicated nightmare? Think about it, and then ask yourself, do you live here, in this country, in this world, or do you live instead... in the Twilight Zone."


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