Welcome back to my “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” marathon! Many people feel at some point or another that they wish they were better off in life. A big part of this is being envious towards what others have, be it love, fame or especially wealth. Today’s episode looks at those feelings of envy and what lengths some people might go to in order to get what they want. This is “None Are So Blind.”
Seymour Johnston is an antiques dealer who wishes he had more money. The problem is, he’s a vain douchebag who couldn’t be trusted to have his father’s inheritance, which was instead given to his aunt Muriel. Even though Seymour will get the inheritance after she dies, he’s not willing to wait that long. But his luck changes when he finds a stranger’s wallet and plots to better his life. Will Seymour find the happiness he desires, or will this all come back to bite him in the end?
This story was a little hard to sit through, even though it’s clearly meant to be a karmic retribution one. The ending was pretty good, but throughout the episode I kept getting the urge to turn it off. The main reason for that lies with the main character, Seymour.
Seymour is officially the most insufferable character I’ve seen on this show yet. He’s pompous, vain, takes things way too seriously and looks down on others. The only thing that kept me from tuning out was waiting to see if he’d get punished in the end. Even his girlfriend, Liza, finds him annoying, though she’s also a terrible character who only seems concerned with getting Muriel’s money.
The only character I liked outside of the brief appearance of a detective was Muriel herself. She’s wise to how Seymour is and even deduces his plan before he can carry it out. I even chuckled at her interactions with him because, even though she insulted him constantly, it was exactly how his character acts. She calls him out for his vanity and stuffy attitude and rightly refuses to give him any money in order to coax him to try working honestly. Her appearances in the episode helped move it along for me and it was much appreciated.
Like “The Glass Eye,” this story features narration as if it’s being recounted to someone by Seymour. However, I found it more annoying this time around than anything, because all it added was more pompousness since it’s told from Seymour’s point of view. His plan also highlights how childish and immature he is as a person, because while the idea is clever, the execution of it ends up being poor, as seen in the ending.
Overall, “None Are So Blind” is a difficult story to recommend. It’s the definition of a karmic story, so if you’re into those, you might get enjoyment out of it. For me, though, I’ve seen better examples and found that only Muriel and the ending helped alleviate the episode. Watch it at your own risk, ’cause this is one douchey character who gets annoying fast.