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Twilight Zone - The Eye Of The Beholder by Rod Sterling

"The Eye Of The Beholder" is a classic Twilight Zone episode that encourages us to look at what we think is beautiful, and what we think is ugly. The life lessons run very deep.

In an attempt to look like everybody else the main character, Janet Tyler, has undergone her eleventh operation. The details of the treatment are not given, but Janet is first shown with her head and face completely bandaged. The nurses and doctors, whose faces are hidden in shadows, remark that Janet’s surgery might not have been successful.

Fearing that she is still different, Janet pleads with the doctor to remove her bandages early. The reaction of the doctor and nurses is horror and disappointment. The procedure has failed and her face has undergone no change at all. As the camera pulls back it is revealed that she is beautiful.

Disturbed by the failure of the procedure Janet runs through the hospital seeing the ‘normal’ faces of everyone which in fact are distorted and hideous. On a nearby TV screen the Governments seemingly tyrannically leader is giving a speech calling for greater conformity.

Eventually a handsome man afflicted with the same condition as Janet arrives. He takes her to a colony where others with the same affliction live. In this village she can hide her ‘ugliness’ no longer being a trouble for the State. In the end, the man comforts Janet and states that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

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