Quinn’s double is found face down in a pool and the grieving widow is another Wade. Eager to help out anyway they can, Quinn agrees to step into his double’s shoes to complete his life’s work — a revolutionary new educational system. Only things get sinister quickly when his company’s CEO takes the timer to ensure Quinn doesn’t leave before the project is implemented. Meanwhile, Arturo and Rembrandt experience the stigma of second class citizenship in an America that doesn’t value people over 30. They run afoul of the law and must convince an indifferent judicial system of their rights — or at the very least, fake a heart attack and escape. Quinn and Wade learn that their doubles were no damn good and conspire to take alternate Wade and her boss down, but they have no idea just how ruthless this Wade can be.
Where no one of importance is over the age of 30 thanks to government overthrow by Howard Stern in 1980.
“Can’t save every world you land on.”
Get it? Razor Gillette. Gillette-brand razors.
Arturo, as he sits to a meal of slop in the Holy Light Shelter, stands gallantly as a bag lady prepares to sit down next to them. Rembrandt then reluctantly does the same.
Youth took over in 1980 after it was determined that the social security system would bankrupt U.S. economy. The environment was befouled and the nuclear arms race threatened humanity. President Jimmy Carter was hounded from office and was succeeded by “the King of All Media,” radio shock jock Howard Stern. Stern immediately lowered the voting age to nine, and because Baby Boomers were considered to have overtaken the available job market, it became mandatory to make way, to retire, at the age of 30 (40 in Florida).
As a result, America has become more environmentally conscious; to wit, the recycling program has soared while the clear-cutting of forests has been outlawed. However, the public school system here is disgraceful.
Q.R. Mallory of Advanced Software Industries invented a computer program that could replace public schools and save the taxpayers billions. His wife, Wade Welles, is corporate vice president.
The Supreme Court on this world just voted to suspend social security, which prompted a massive protest.
Pleading senility gets the offender off “easy” — 30 days in jail. Being a lawyer here is only a second place compared to a position at a big corporation.
“Another show we had problems with,” confesses Tracy Tormé. “It was the last episode we did, and the crew was a little burned out by that time. We had the idea of creating a world where youth is in charge, and came up with a silly idea for why that happened; that Howard Stern or Amy Carter became president.
“What saved it is the odyssey that Arturo and Rembrandt go on, where they run afoul of this youth culture, and get this Tiffany-esque lawyer and Generation X judge; I got a big kick out of that. It was also fun to see Wade’s double as such an evil manipulator. Those are the saving graces, but I didn’t think it was one of our better efforts.”
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Some fans wonder why there is an actor credited as a Kromagg in the ending credits.
“That was an example where Jacob Epstein had an idea for a new ending for the episode, because we all agreed we needed a new ending,” Tormé explains. “And he had this idea that somehow the Kromaggs were involved in something that was going on on that world. I really didn’t want to do it [that way] because I wanted to save the Kromaggs for another time [but] he was insistent that he thought it would work.
“So I think it was shot, I’m pretty sure it was shot, and for some technical reason they had to give [Paul Anderson] a credit even though as soon as the scene came out everyone saw that it didn’t work and it was immediately excised.”
|Teleplay by||T. Edward Anthony & Von Whisenhant|
|Story by||Michael X Fernaro and T. Edward Anthony & Von Whisenhant|
|Directed by||Richard Compton|
|Music by||Anthony Marinelli|
|Edited by||Michael B. Hoggan, A.C.E.|
Despite its glaring story errors, I get a kick out of “The Young and the Relentless.” The cast was able to pull out what should have been an unmitigated disaster and turn it into one of the finer stories of the season.
Quinn and Wade run afoul of their married doubles, who work together as cutthroat software executives on a world where youth rules.