Category Archives: The Twilight Zone

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

[Trigger warning: suicide theme discussed.]  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 … 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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The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

I wonder if viewers of The Twilight Zone of the 1960s felt as I did with the series in 2019.  I could not help but think that Jordan Peele wanted to hit me over the head with a message where … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Mirror Image

It really speaks volumes to the way Rod Serling crafted his stories.  Here we have basically 3 people in one room for 20-odd minutes.  You’ve got Millicent, Paul and a station attendant.  Maybe you throw in a random woman who … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Elegy

Now that is interesting: I know I never saw all of The Twilight Zone episodes, but I certainly thought I’d seen the bulk of them, so to encounter one so refreshingly creative as this and have absolutely no memory of … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Purple Testament

Here’s what you have to consider: Rod Serling has less than 25 minutes to tell a story, get you invested and hit you with a punchline, something to zing the audience. Almost anyone can tell a short story: “A horse … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Last Flight

Well here’s an episode of The Twilight Zone that does not get a lot of repeats to the best of my memory and I can’t understand why.  I think it’s a damned good episode.  And clearly I’m not alone since … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Fever

Franklin.  I know times were different back in 1960 when the Franklin Twilight Zone aired, but by franklin, was this a tough episode to watch.  Conceptually, The Fever is franklin good because it speaks of the dangers of addiction but … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitchhiker: it’s a staple of The Twilight Zone, a quintessential episode shown during every marathon.  It’s eerie and yet relatable and has a whopper of a punchline.   Inger Stevens plays Nan Adams, a young woman driving cross country when … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air

When I was a kid, I had a late night line-up for our nights at our summer home.  11:30pm: The Honeymooners.  I didn’t love it as a kid, but my grandfather did so I’d watch because he was awesome and … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: Third from the Sun

If you recall back to last week’s post, I was discussing how titles are not something you can just slap on a show; they need planning and thought.  Last week’s title I felt didn’t really work for the episode because … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: The Four of Us Are Dying

I’m a big fan of titles.  That probably sounds weird, but I think there’s an art to them.  I love a good one and have this weird idea in my head that it should flow like dialogue.   I never liked … Continue reading

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The Twilight Zone: What You Need

Back in 2010, there was a short lived series  that, even with 2 seasons, only had 10 episodes.  They starred Xander Berkeley, an actor I bet we all know even if you don’t know his name.  He turns up in … Continue reading

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