in the Air
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The Mask of Medusa
this episode, written by Nelson Bond, Peter Lorre plays an exhibit in a
waxwork museum owned by the self-proclaimed artist and connoisseur of
crime, Aristide Zweig.
Lorre's character is just one of
forty-seven murderers on display and he is sick to the back teeth of
listening to Zweig talking about him and his fellow felons. "Oh, there
he goes once more," Lorre thinks. "Telling people all the bad things we
did. Oh but it's terrible being nothing but figures in a wax
museum with people staring at us all day long, and not one of them—not
one ever—suspects that we are still alive!"
Zweig, it seems, is
not an artist at all and, although Zweig made them what they are, they
are not wax and neither are they carvings. Every exhibit is a real
killer and they are all still alive, but they cannot move.
way Zweig is a criminal himself. He does not represent the law, he just
takes it into his own hands, has set himself up as judge and juror, and
is handing out life sentences with the aid of—have you guessed?—the
severed head of Medusa.
The exhibits find a way to get back at
Zweig in the end, of course; but there is an interesting twist in this
tale and if nobody lives happily ever after that is okay because none
of them deserve to anyway.
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