Persons Unknown, my theory and analysis for episode five.
The plot thickens. The last we saw of Tori, after she was rejected in her come hither shimmering red dress, hailed a cab out of the god forsaken town that imprisoned her for the last two weeks. Episode five opens with the captives looking for Tori in the morning sunlight. They spy a woman dressed like her at the perimeter of the town walls. The woman is dressed in the polka dot dress Tori was wearing and a blonde wig to conceal the womans true identity.
Cut to the scene where the old man is collecting change from an outside fountain, zoom into the woman lying face up. It’s Tori, apparently murdered. Her father identifies the body in the morgue. The news details here death to the public. Case closed.
However, Moira, the crazy one, sees something completely different on the television set that magically turns on. It shows Tori reunited with her father after going missing for two weeks. Obviously, some one is lying.
Back to the Joe front, he now has a swinging door policy on visiting the secret lair where the chef watches the action of all the captives. He wants out, and finally forces the chef to open the air lock to the vault to free Janet and Erika.
So here goes, We all know that someone is watching the captives go about their daily lives. We also know that someone is watching the watchers. (The chef) the question before us; Are they watching for some sick gratification, for experimental purposes, or perhaps, like visiting animals at a zoo. Which brings me to my latest Twilight Zone tie in with Persons Unknown.
In my previous updates, I theorized that the show is based on Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, a 1960′s Science Fiction program. Continuing with my Persons Unknown theory I submit for your approval my next offering titled:
People Are Alike All Over
Original Air Date: 03/25/1960 (Season One) (Episode 25)
You’re looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animals with extremely small heads whose name is Man. Warren Marcusson, age thirty-five. Samuel A. Conrad, age thirty-one.
They’re taking a highway into space, Man unshackling himself and sending his tiny, groping fingers up into the unknown. Their destination is Mars, and in just a moment we’ll land there with them.
Astronauts on their way to Mars converse to each other about how other species will be from other planets. One of them believes that people are alike all over while the other is more cynical and has a narrower point of view. The Astronauts crash-land on Mars. One of them dies in the failed landing.
Now alone, Conrad is afraid as he hears sounds coming from outside his ship. A moment later, he is surprised to see Martians, who look almost identical to humans. The Martians help Conrad from his ship and tend to his wounds and take them back to their city where he is given fresh clothes and an apartment made in the style of American culture. He showers and dresses in the fresh clothes and has something to eat which is very good.
Conrad then notices theat his living quarters has no windows and the doors are nailed shut. He cannot escape. He is a prisoner there. A minute later, Conrad sees the front wall open revealing a glass wall and hundreds of Martians looking in at him. Conrad realized that he is a Zoo exhibit, a zoo animal. He recognizes his fate as living out his existence trapped in the apartment as an exhibit.
Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristics to human beings in head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet. Very tiny undeveloped brain; comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself “Samuel Conrad”. And he will remain here in his cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat- as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found the Twilight Zone.
Now I’m not saying the captive 7 are in space, or crash landed on Mars, or a distant planet. But they do seem be be lab rats, or zoo animals. They are all well fed, clothed, and given shelter and free to roam and interact within the confines of their exhibit area.
I predict that we have not seen the last of Tori. She will return.
Until next week’s Persons Unknown update.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL