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I recommend the Mike Wallace interview if you can find it on youtube. It explains how his frustration with network censors led to the creation of his Twilight Zone soapbox.
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post #103 of 113
I intend on sending the Sy Fy channel a very angry email considering that they replaced the annual 4th of July 20 or so hours of Twilight Zone eps. for 20 or so hours of......The Greatest American Hero!! WTF!!!! The best thing about the Fourth of July holiday just went out the fuckin door. Sad day America.
post #104 of 113

The Twilight Zone is my most beloved TV show. When you look back at TV during that era, it's mindblowing that a show of such quality could have been produced at the time. I really miss anthology shows. Back in the 80's there were lots of them but now it's all serialized with overarching plotlines. The thing that made TZ better then The Outer Limits was that it was a half and hour, with the exception of the fourth season. The half hour format was superior because it let them set up the premise, play it through and have a twist at the end. My problem with TOL was that every single episode felt like a slog and was padded with such mind numbing filler. I also hated that show because it focused on the stupid looking monsters. Sure, TZ had its fair share of dumb ass looking aliens but, for some reason, they always seemed to fit in a weird way.

 

But what made TZ special was Rod Serling and his focus on the human condition. His overwhelming love for humanity and insight into it's faults is what gave TZ that extra kick. I'd say that my top three episodes would be Nothing in the Dark (about the old lady afraid of death), The Lonely (about a man imprisoned on an asteroid with a robot in the shape of a woman) and Walking Distance (about a man who travels back in time to when he was a boy in his old home town).

 

Walking Distance hold's more weight with me now that I'm a month away from turning 33. I'd like to share with all of you the ending, if I may.

 

I also wish that some had the brains to turn TZ into a series of feature length movies based on various novels that would fit. I just posted about watching The Dead Zone and how it felt like a great TZ movie. Then there was Miracle Mile which was actually in development as a feature length TZ film back in the 80's. There must be dozens of great books out there that could work as TZ flicks.

post #105 of 113
The Obsolete Man and Iam the night color me black are two of my favorites
post #106 of 113

Figured the thread could use a bump for a couple of reasons.

 

* If you are a fan of the 80s reboot, head over to Amazon. Because they just released a box set of that entire run for under $ 100. While it isn't a classic like the original, there are enough decent to inspired episodes to consider it a worthy followup to Serling's TZ.  

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Twilight-Zone-Collection/dp/B00CCF7PHC

 

* The Twilight Pwn. Or, as the hosts describe it, "The world's third most popular Twilight Zone podcast." Both a tribute to how great the series could be but also willing to find humor in the show's flaws, hosts John and Fred discuss a Zone episode every week, do their own Serling style intros, and even attempt to find the hidden connections between TZ and MST3K. I've already listened to about six so far and I'm really warming up to format of Twilight Pwn. Worth a listen.

 

http://twilightpwn.tumblr.com

post #107 of 113

The classic Twilight Zone show was so great that if you chopped it in two, you'd have the two greatest television shows of all time. 

post #108 of 113

This doc is required viewing for anyone who calls themselves a fan of Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone....

post #109 of 113

Bar none the greatest TV Show ever created, and there's zero argument against it.  The writing, acting, production values (shot on film, thank god!) was brilliant.  I can't even fathom what it was like to watch it first run.  I mean it had to blow peoples minds?!?! 

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There really isn't an an analog for The Twilight Zone in contemporary culture.  Nothing I can think of has ever been so readily accessible to kids and so watchable to virtually anyone while being so richly layered and powerful.  They broke the mold with Rod Serling.  One of my favorite things I've ever written was a Serling appreciation piece for the old Movie Insider magazine. 

post #112 of 113
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There really isn't an an analog for The Twilight Zone in contemporary culture.  Nothing I can think of has ever been so readily accessible to kids and so watchable to virtually anyone while being so richly layered and powerful.  They broke the mold with Rod Serling.  One of my favorite things I've ever written was a Serling appreciation piece for the old Movie Insider magazine. 

 

The Twilight Zone would be equally superb in theatre or short story format and is basically accessible by any age group.  A few dodgy FX aside, it's also timeless. 

 

We will never see its like again.

post #113 of 113
I honestly think it'll still be remembered and analyzed 50 years from now. It's storytelling is timeless, B&W, and shot on film will preserve it.

It's the perfect storm of a crazy collection of talented writers and RS's concept. It'll never be equaled.
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