THE TWILIGHT ZONE – 2nd Greatest Show Ever!


Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone by Gerry Albert
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THE TWILIGHT ZONE

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Number of Seasons: 5 (1959-1964)

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call…The Twilight Zone!

In my opinion quite possibly the greatest anthology sci-fi program of all time. Science Fiction themes that are prevalent in today’s film and literature were first introduced, or showcased, in The Twilight Zone. The atomic age of the 1950’s bore numerous imaginative, and visionary, science fiction authors who developed countless thematic tropes that would be harvested in stories for generations to come. Many of these authors had there stories directly adapted for television by The Twilight Zone‘s brilliant writers, Rod Serling, Buck Houghtan, and Charles Beaumont. This was the first real television show to delve into realms of the supernatural, the scientific, the macabre, suspense and psychology. The Twilight Zone brilliantly displayed the breath of the era through thinly veiled scientific metaphore…and most often a shocking twist ending to play on the perceptions of the audience.

I used to watch The Twilight Zone as a child in the 1980’s. It was airing in syndication in Toronto on CITY-TV at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoons. It was preceded by an episode of Lost In Space, and one of the channel’s weekly Not-So-Great Movies. In my house at the time there was only one televison in the house. It was in the living room. And there weren’t that many channels either maybe 20 or so (seriously dating myself here…). My father would work on his car or outside yard work on the weekends in the backyard — something he enjoyed a great deal doing — and my mom would be in the kitchen baking or finishing up preparing dinner. It was my “job” to stay out of the way and either go play in my room or watch T.V. in the living room. I always chose the latter on those days because I knew that I wouldn’t be just sitting in front of the boob tube. When Rod Serling would pop on screen with his monologue at the beginning of each episode, I knew that I was going to be transported to another place. At least for the following 30 minutes, I was indeed in another dimension. And it was as limitless as my imagination.

*Never seen the show? Here’s a little teaser to wet your whistle:

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(From Left: Terror At 20,000 Feet, * The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, * Time Enough At Last, * The Midnight Sun)

MY FAVOURITE EPISODE EVER….

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TIME ENOUGH AT LAST

Time Enough At Last is a classic episode of the 1950’s anthology series The Twilight Zone – in it bookworm and introvert Henry Bemis just wants to be left alone to read his books. Constantly being annoyed by other people — always — Bemis decides to hide in one of the bank vaults, where he works, during his lunch break in order to read a novel. While in the vault, there is a Nuclear fallout and everyone on the planet is wiped out…Bemis is now the ONLY person left alive on Earth! He becomes despondent and is about to kill himself when he discovers a public library that has remained intact. Overjoyed that he has enough books to read to last him the rest of his life, Bemis’s mood changes as he is now thrilled to have all the time in the world to read without any interruptions or annoying people being annoying and jerky and annoying and stupid and assholish or rude or condescending…

(Spoiler Alert!)

…but then he trips and breaks his f’ing glasses and cant see clearly without them — so reading his beloved books is out of the question. Now he is all alone and can’t partake in the one activity he loves most. Poor sumbitch.

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