BigIron… are you kidding me???
The Vic Morrow character was a jerk, but what did his crimes amount to? Answer: a lot of hot air. He shoots his mouth off about the blacks and the Jews, but he never DOES anything. He doesn’t kill anybody, he doesn’t vandalize anybody’s house, he doesn’t burn a cross on anyone’s lawn… indeed, given an opportunity to beat up a black man, he backs down.
So… the powers that be (God? The Eumenides? The fates?) decide that Vic should be sent to the ovens at Auschwitz for talking a lot of trash???
I grant you, not every episode of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” had a happy ending, but most of the time, something resembling justice was done. The same was true of the old E.C. horror comics that inspired the series. There are a mere handful of episodes where innocents suffer some cosmic injustice (remember poor Burgess Meredith, the sole survivor of a nuclear war? All he wanted to do was spend his remaining few years reading books, and, whoops! He broke his reading glasses). In the great majority of the Zone shows, people got what they deserved, for good and for ill. Occasionally this made the show a bit simplistic, moralistic and didactic, I grant you.
One of the most glaring weaknesses of the Morrow episode is that, in the scenes we’re shown, Morrow NEVER comprehends what’s happening to him. He doesn’t KNOW that he’s a black man in the South. He doesn’t KNOW that he’s Vietnamese. He doesn’t KNOW he’s a Jew! Perhaps he died before he could film scenes that would show his growing awareness of what was happening to him. Perhaps some crucial linking scenes or a different ending WOULD have been filmed, if he hadn’t been decapitated by that helicopter.
As I said, the movie itself was a mess, and even a different ending to that segment wouldn’t have made it much better. But I SUSPECT (rightly or wrongly) that, had Morrow survived, there would have been a different ending, one in which he emerged from his experience a sadder-but-wiser man.