Originally Posted by Phil
. Also on Chiller
yesterday morning. You guys are just barely missing all these!
Yeah, that was the spec script submitted by Rockne S. O'Bannon (ALIEN NATION) that convinced Harlan Ellison to not only hire him as a story editor but to finally let someone adapt his story Shatterday
(starring a pre-Moonlighting Bruce Willis) into an episode.
Originally Posted by Judge Smails
As for the Twilight Zone, let me back up Trevor and say that the Gramma episode from the 80s version scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid.
That's what happens when you have Harlan Ellison adapting Stephen King.
Originally Posted by Judas Booth
another one that I remember: In the future, a young couple worries over their son who has to take a government mandated test that all children have to take. The nature of the test isn't revealed, yet everyone is worried about the child (who is oblivious to the apparently dire nature of it). He's not like other kids, but we aren't told as to HOW he is different.
Before the test, the government has the kid drink something that will force him to be truthful in his responses. The parents watch him go away, scared for him.
At the end, an official comes out and informs the parents that the child was terminated for being TOO INTELLIGENT for government standards.
Wow, blast from the past! I haven't thought about that one since it aired. remember being creeped out by the ending.
Anyone (I'm talkin' to you
, Judas Booth) remember these classics from the 80's version:
1) An Alien race descends upon the U.N. Building in NYC with a mandate that humanity change it's warring ways or they will destroy us. After months of deliberation/negotiation, the World Leaders proudly present the Aliens with a huge tome full of treaties that have quelled all of Earth's international conflicts. The Head Alien flips throug it and laughs. He then tells them that his race wasn't going to eliminate us because we were too war like -- they were going to do it because we weren't war like enough
. And more ships descend.
2) A guy takes a job to drive a truck full of people to an unknown destination. He soon realizes that his cargo is sinful people/souls and his destination is Hell! I remember one poingant scene where he opens the truck and he asks one guy, "What did you do?" The guy says, "I'm gay." And the driver lets him go. Don't remember how the story ends though.
3) This is one from the late 80's version in syndication. The budget was slashed, production moved to Canada, and J. Michael Strazcynski was story editor.
David Naughton starts as a regular guy who suddenly finds cameras hidden everywhere at his work and home. He discovers that his life is actually a TV show watched by millions. Shocked, he threatens to quit but the producer talks with him and he realizes the show must go on, so he stays.
I never saw THE TRUMAN SHOW, but from what I know about it, if I was the writer of this episode, I would've called my lawyers.
|The only notable episode I've seen from the 00's series would be the follow up to the 60's episode about that kid who had god like powers starring the same guy. I remember it being pretty decent. Other than that, suck city.
I never saw any of the Whitaker ones but this is the one episode I wanted to. It's a sequel to the 60's episode "It's A Good Life" starring Billy Mumy as a kid with extraordinary powers who holds an entire town hostage. Joe Dante remade it as a segment in TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE. I remember seeing it adverstised all over TV as a direct sequel with Mumy reprising his role and his daughter playing his offspring. Unfortunately, I never saw it. Can anyone tell me (without givibg away the ending) if it was any good?