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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
In the Dark
Plot:
When a woman's husband goes missing, his wife seeks the help of friends who one by one begin to shun her. All proof point towards a kidnapping, however, she refuses to believe he was taken by the secret police.
Episode:
1144
Air Dates:
First Run - January 8, 1981
Repeat - February 19, 1981
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2 Responses to Episode 1144


This episdoe is written by Elspeth Eric. I'm not typically a fan of Eric's stories, but this one was very different. It takes place in some totalitarian state - past? present? Future? A woman returns to her home after being away for a month to discover that her husband has disapeared and no one seems to know what happened to him, nor are they even willing to talk to her about his disapearance. She soon comes to fear that the "secret police" have spirited him away. But why? No one - not her neighbors, not the others in her village, nor anyone in the government will tell her anything. As I listened to this story unfold, I couldn't help but be drawn into comparisons with the situation in Iraq, both under the tyranny of Hussein, and under the current occupation. It is an intriguing and frightening episode. What would it be like to have the government come in the night and take away your family member, with no formal charges, no explanation, and no way to know if that loved one is dead or alive? Genre: Drama

This is a profound episode about a totalitarian state that becomes all the more chilling today as this is the direction society is moving into. Definitely one of the classics of CBSRMT. A "must hear". One of E.G. Marshall's comments between the acts: "Have you ever thought of what it would be like if the entire world were under totalitarian rule, total control of the total population of the Earth, not one free voice, not one free thought, not one free line of poetry or prose? Well, think about it and then go back and read again our precious Bill of Rights."

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