Follow TV Tropes


YMMV / The Twilight Zone S 4 E 106 Hes Alive

Go To

  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Was anyone besides Vollmer surprised when his Mysterious Benefactor turned out to be Adolf Hitler? Granted, at the time many suspected many high-ranking Nazis managed to escape (which was then quickly proven true), so it's possible the episode was trying to keep the reveal at least somewhat ambiguous. He also has a German accent, making it more likely this is meant to be Hitler's ghost, or possibly even the spiritual embodiment of Nazism itself.
  • Advertisement:
  • Complete Monster: Adolf Hitler himself turns out to be the shadowy benefactor of the troubled neo-Nazi Peter Vollmer, corrupting the young man into a solid mouthpiece through which to kickstart a new, hate-fueled Reich. Hitler cajoles Vollmer into murdering one of his own loyal followers to make a martyr out of him to inspire the crowds Vollmer amasses while stamping out any hints of decency or hesitance in Vollmer, ultimately ordering him to murder Ernst, the old Jewish man who raised Vollmer practically as his own son. When Vollmer is finally gunned down, Hitler has formed him into his exact image of the perfect Nazi: all steel, and no heart, with Hitler himself seeping back into the shadow to feed off the prejudice and hate that authored so many millions of deaths during his reign of terror.
  • Fridge Logic: How did Peter, a young man whose surrogate father is a Jewish Holocaust survivor, still become a Neo-Nazi? That seems kind of... odd. There's a whole other story here.
  • Genius Bonus: The idea of Neo-Nazism requiring a martyr just as the original movement did is a pretty obvious reference to Horst Wessel, a Nazi SA member who was shot in the head by Communists and died later of his wounds. The Nazis used his death to help themselves, not only lionizing Wessel personally, but naming a song after him, the "Horst-Wessel-Lied" (it was made into the co-national anthem after they took power). Of course, here it's his comrades who killed him, and it doesn't work how they wanted this to, but the goal was the same.
  • Advertisement:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Gee, it sure is nice we don't have to worry about Nazis anymore, right?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This wouldn’t be the last time King Koopa would portray a Nazinote 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Peter comes off as detestable, but there are still glimpses of humanity in him. However, when he decides to murder Ernst, it solidifies him as utterly irredeemable.
  • Tear Jerker: Any time Ernst starts talking about how the Nazis took over Germany, have tissues at the ready. The actor, Ludwig Donath, was Jewish and had to leave Germany and later his native Austria ahead of the Nazis, making it even worse. He experienced all this firsthand.
  • Values Resonance:
    • The idea that evils such as hatred and extremism can come from everywhere and that people must stand up to prevent them are concepts that can work for every era, especially as the modern world becomes increasingly connected, allowing for those ideas to be more easily spread.
    • A lot of the tactics Peter uses (claiming that everyone who opposes him is a communist, framing his virulent racism as "just a different set of opinions" (without bringing up what those opinions are), presenting the unpopularity of his ideas as simultaneous proof both that they're the real marginalized minority and that the people pushing back against them are the real bigots, etc.) are being used to some degree of success by various bigoted hate groups in The New '10s.
    • Peter being ordered by his "handler" or "recruiter" to kill the one person in the world he loves in the guise of removing softness is not only reminiscent of the recruiting tactic of giving the totally-radicalized organizational member a mission, but of the frequent demand by extremist organizations that their members must burn bridges and cut positive relationships out of their lives (if not usually with outright murder) so as to cement their hold on these recruits and remove places they may go to escape if they do try to get out.