Category Archives: The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder

It is perhaps the most well known episode of The Twilight Zone.  At the very least, it’s one of the top 5 episodes.  It’s also a nice departure for Serling this season, giving us a more likable protagonist.  And it … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Howling Man

When David Ellington is introduced to us through a seeming fourth wall break, I remembered this was an episode I loved from my youth.  Written by Charles Beaumont, I welcomed the change from the last few episodes of loathsome characters … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Thing About Machines

I get the impression that for season 2, Rod Serling decided to introduce us to people who deserve what they get in The Twilight Zone.  It’s funny because last season I had said how odd it was that my memory … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room

Meet Jackie Rhoades, a 34 year old… let’s be honest: neurotic wimp with no personal hygiene and a whiney voice to boot.  What is it with Rod Serling?  I remember loving The Twilight Zone but lately I’ve watched a litany … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Man in the Bottle

There’s a problem with The Man in the Bottle that occurs moments after you realize what the story is about: you can’t help comparing it to other similar works.  Serling, usually a master storyteller, takes a trope we’ve seen dozens … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: King Nine Will Not Return

This is an episode of firsts and repeats.  King Nine Will Not Return is the first to use the iconic opening theme.  It’s provides the first time for Serling to appear onscreen at the start of the episode.  It’s also … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A World of His Own

It seems Rod was in the mood for a few comedy episodes before the end of season one and while I’d say that was a mistake, this would have made a great finale for the entire show.  At the time, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Mighty Casey

Oh good… a baseball episode.  I get more excited about going to work!  But within no time at all, Serling has me seeing this as a comedy and it’s down to the audio effects. One thing The Twilight Zone did … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The After Hours

Marsha White is in search of a gold thimble that she saw advertised in the local department store.  It’s a sign of the times as much as last week’s Mr. Bevis, who gets a raise to $10 a week!  Did … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mr. Bevis

Mr. James B. W. Bevis is a likable man who is perhaps a little too genuine for the modern world.  He’s lost six jobs in a year and eleven in a year and a half.  He’s just lost his car, … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Passage for Trumpet

Growing up in the 70s and 80s meant you couldn’t see Jack Klugman without seeing Oscar Madison.  I wasn’t even a big fan of The Odd Couple, but seeing Klugman conjured only that one character: a grouchy, slovenly sports reporter … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Chaser

I’ve always thought I’d seen the bulk of the Twilight Zone episodes, barring a handful from season 5, but I have been truly surprised by the sheer number of episodes that I’d never seen before.  Take The Chaser, for example; … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Stop at Willoughby

This isn’t the first time that a dream world ends up being better than reality for a character in The Twilight Zone, but there’s something very appealing about Willoughby.  Once again, I’m struck by the chicken vs the egg idea … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Nightmare as a Child

The Twilight Zone is often predictable to me but I wonder if that’s because I am so entrenched in Science Fiction that I see the signs from the start?  Were those signs as obvious to me when I was a … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A Nice Place to Visit

Amazing that after so many years, I still remembered this episode so clearly.  Mostly, that’s because of the punchline.  One mistake in my memory was that I was certain the “guide” was named Cadwalader, so when he was introduced as … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish

The genius of The Twilight Zone is that it can introduce a few characters each week and make us care about them then pulls a fast one with some element of the fantastical.  It’s an interesting storytelling technique because we … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Execution

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale; the tale of a fateful trip, that started on this tawny horse ‘longside this hangman’s noose…  (Well, nothing’s perfect…) When The Professor (Russell Johnson) from Gilligan’s Island plays with a time … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: People Are Alike All Over

I’ll dive right in here to say I’ve always liked Roddy McDowell.  It was because of his portrayal of Cornelius in Planet of the Apes that made me like him so much.  I’d seen that ages before I knew about … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Long Live Walter Jameson

I’m thinking Long Live Walter Jameson was intended as a dramatic story, but I’ve got to tell you, I found it intensely funny.  Let’s go over the plot: Walter Jameson is a really old dude who happens to look like … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: A World of Difference

I don’t recall if I’d seen A World of Difference before, but if I had, it was a very long time ago.  Long enough that I was not working for a company that dedicates a huge portion of its research … Continue reading

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