Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Twilight Zone - Mr. Average - J.D. Coughlan
Panel 1: Mid-shot of Denis Pierce, this segment's main character. He is, by all appearances, perfectly average. He is sitting at his breakfast table, staring blankly ahead, almost at us, eating his cereal. He wears an average blue suit and tie.
(Note: The Narrator's dialogue is all in caption boxes.)
NARRATOR: You are now entering the realm of the unusual; the strange. But observe, if you will, the lack of strangeness around Denis Pierce. The average American man.
Panel 2: Denis at his desk at work -- an office. He sits typing, same blank expression. His coworkers around him have similar expressions.
NARRATOR: He has an average job.
Panel 3: Denis sits on the couch in his den, his wife, son and daughter around him, watching TV. They also look average and have the same blank expressions. Denis is now dressed more casually, but a lot like Mr. Rogers, or your typical 1950s American TV dad.
NARRATOR: An average family.
Panel 4: A backyard barbecue, again with Denis at the centre, expressionlessly cooking burgers. He is surrounded by similar men.
NARRATOR: Average friends.
Panel 5: Same scene, closer on Denis, head and shoulders.
NARRATOR: But, you see, there is something special about Denis.
NARRATOR: He is the first carrier for something very unique.
Panel 6: Close up on Denis's blank face, staring right at us.
NARRATOR: Ask yourself, dear reader...
NARRATOR: What if "average" were contagious?
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