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June 6th, 2001

The Twilight Zone

A few months ago the Sci-Fi Network ran a multi-day marathon of old Twilight Zone episodes. I had never really watched a full ep but, as TiVo noted, the show was very much something I enjoyed!

The premise of the show, of course, is that Rod Serling introduces you to a story. There is a definite sci-fi element here for many of the events can not be explained logically, but all of the episodes I’ve seen have a very human element. This is some of the best storytelling television has to offer, past or present; while series such as Star Trek Voyager (which I like!) tend to lean more on technology to explain things, all too often Twilight Zone relies on humanity.

What’s great about the show is that it’s often a part of the Cable in the Classroom program, so it airs very early in the day – but without any commercials. And don’t be fooled by the series from the 80s with the same name!

A few of my favorites:

  • A World of Difference: A businessman, going about his normal duties, is interrupted by a director. He soon learns that his life has been a movie.
  • The After Hours: A woman shops at a department store and is helped by a particular salesperson. The next day she returns to find that the salesperson is now a mannequin. An entire layer of reality becomes unraveled, as we learn that mannequins and humans interact.
  • A Most Unusual Camera: A couple on-the-run discover a camera that takes pictures of the immediate future.
  • The Silence: An eccentric millionaire bets a fellow club member that he can’t keep silent for 6 months. The prize? $500,000.
  • Five Characters in Search of an Exit: As it says. The five characters, from diverse backgrounds, are trapped in a huge cylinder.
  • A Kind of Stop Watch: A fellow finds a stopwatch that has the power to stop time. He begins to use it for personal gain.
  • Number 12 Looks Just Like You: In the year 2000, a girl elects not to go through with a mandatory right of passage.
  • The Masks: A dying man invites his rather selfish family to join him on the eve of his death; he asks them to wear grotesque masks that match what they look like inside.

I realize that’s a lot of favorites, but that might speak volumes to what I think of the show. Check it out. -pm

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 1:45:44AM
"The After Hours" is one of my two favorites (the other being "The Dummy")... I have a little something in the works regarding that particular episode... I'm going to hold back from mentioning any more than that right now, though. :)



FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 8:49:40AM
The "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" sounds a lot like that Canadian sci-fi flick Cube.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 9:25:24AM
I think I've seen most of these episodes, but not all. The camera one sounds particularly interesting.

The thing about the Twilight Zone is that during one of their many marathons, if you sit down and start to watch, you'll be glued to the couch for hours.

I can speak highly for their DVDs, BTW. Each has four episodes and are of good quality.



FROM: kim
DATE: Wednesday June 6, 2001 -- 4:06:47PM
A Kind of Stop Watch. Robert Heinlein (sp?) wrote a book called The Girl, The Goldwatch, and Everthing about this.. Very good!



FROM: Ludy
DATE: Monday August 5, 2002 -- 5:34:15 pm
I've been trying to find the Twilight Zone DVD volume number that contains "A Kind of Stop Watch". I saw it when it was originally aired and then never again. Thanks for your help.



FROM: DeeCee
DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 12:38:09 am
Any dog lover will absolutely love "The Hunt". Who could forget "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"? I have too many other favorites to list!



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