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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 914 times:

The Twilight Zone "4th July Marathon" is on SciFi channel!

Dang It! I was planning on taking a shower and getting something to eat.... but, now I can't stop watching.

Besides the poignant scripts, stellar casting and direction, I love to try and figure out how they did the lighting. B&W is a challenge to light. I think that a lot of Film and TV Directors today learned their craft in a forgiving, digital world and never embraced still photography or learned how to light for B&W. Back then (late 50s) they were able to tell a spine chilling story without blood and gore or sensational special effects. Ya' just don't see anything like it anymore.

Of course, my favorite episode is the one with William Shatner as an airline passenger who sees an ape man outside tearing up the wing.

Or...how about the one with the kid from "Lost in Space" who wishes people out to the cornfield?

Which is your favorite episode?


474218, Carl, You will be missed.
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User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 903 times:

I have the first 3 seasons on DVD. If I ever get around to actually watching them, I'll buy the remaining seasons. At least with a DVD you can hit pause when you need to take a shower.  Smile

User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 901 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 1):
At least with a DVD you can hit pause when you need to take a shower.

But why is it that, even if you already own a movie on DVD, you can't pass up watching it on TV?



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 900 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 2):
pass up watching it on TV?

Well, I'm at work now.

Why didn't you give me some advance warning?  Smile


User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 878 times:

Best show ever. Nothing could ever replace the original Twilight Zone.


Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 877 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Thread starter):
Which is your favorite episode?

"To Serve Man"

....Mr. Chambers, Don't get on that Ship...the Book, "To Serve Man" it's a ..........
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[Edited 2006-07-04 04:34:02]

User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 866 times:

Hard to pick a favorite, but here are two:

"The Invaders": An old woman in an isolated farmhouse encounters tiny, hostile aliens. (Apparently it was on the SciFi Channel yesterday.)

"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge": A Civil War civilian prisoner is about to be hanged from Owl Creek Bridge. (Not included in the marathon.)


User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 864 times:

Nice to see some more fans of this show. What's sad is that most people seem to write it off as some type of cheesy, weirdo sci-fi show. In reality, most of the episodes carried great plots that led to intelligent, philisophical conclusions. Rod Serling was a genius...if I recall correctly he actually wanted to create a show based more on human nature, but the network requested that he use science-fiction type plots as a more entertaining vehicle.

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Quoting Bobster2 (Reply 6):
"An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge": A Civil War civilian prisoner is about to be hanged from Owl Creek Bridge.

That is such a good one. We watched it in class and we all thought he really escaped, until the end of corse.

But my favorite is the one where the whole neighbor hood starts fighting amongst themselves until one by one their destroyed, as the alien craft watches on.



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 857 times:

Rod Sterling's original 'Twilight Zone' series is one of the greatest program series ever done for Television. A gifted writer, he wrote scrips for a number of drama programs prior to TZ, including one of the earliest episode-programs that discussed the Nazi Holocost atrocities of WWII. Sterling himself served in combat in WWII in Europe, seeing the horrors of war up front, deeply influencing his writing. He was defeintily ahead of his time, and yet really timeless, with comments on man's inhumanity, our fear of aleins, which substituted for the Commiumist fears of the cold war era and today could apply to Islamic based terror groups. I just wish today more TV programs would be as bold, original and make people think like his programs did. Perhaps the closest today would be the USA network's "The 4400". Fox network had in the mid 1990's the program series "Alien Nation". SciFi has often been a place to comment on society in interesting and entertaining ways.

User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 853 times:

I love this show! Sure, perhaps I was introduced to it in an odd way (Disney-MGM Studios' "Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror" attraction), but I've definitely become a fan.

My favorite episode is, I think, entitled, "The Monster's Due on Maple Street". I love the line at the end, too, "They look for the most dangerous enemy they can find and it's themselves."

I should add that I'm only a fan of the black-and-white, Rod Serling-hosted original--none of the revivals or spin-offs or whatever. Rod Serling got it right.


Airwave  eyebrow 



When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 850 times:

"The Odyssey of Flight 33" is on now.

That was great!
"That's right La Guardia.... a Jet! And she's got four big turbine engines that are getting Thirsty ! "

[Edited 2006-07-04 06:31:21]

[Edited 2006-07-04 06:33:24]


474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineBobster2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 843 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 11):
"The Odyssey of Flight 33" is on now

It's strange to see a 5-man crew in the cockpit. Two pilots, navigator, flight engineer, and radio operator. The cockpit is bigger than the cabin in some regional jets.

I was really surprised to see one Twilight Zone episode filmed on the same set used by "Back to the Future". I always assumed that BTTF built a set specifically for the movie, but it was actually a very old set going back to the Twilight Zone days.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 840 times:

Quoting Airwave (Reply 10):
My favorite episode is, I think, entitled, "The Monster's Due on Maple Street". I love the line at the end, too, "They look for the most dangerous enemy they can find and it's themselves."

Thats the one I was talking about! Couldent remember the title. Such a good episode



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineAirwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 831 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 13):
Thats the one I was talking about!

Heh heh, nice. Glad to see I'm not the only one who finds an extraterrestrial subversive self-destruction of the human race darkly amusing, lol.

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 13):
Such a good episode

It is indeed. I remember watching it for the first time and laughing my head off at the end. I was laughing more at the moral punchline than anything. Maybe I'm just weird.

I just remembered that in high school, one of our literature books contained the screenplay of an episode. We actually read it in class, which was loads of fun for me, haha. The episode was "Time Enough at Last"--another richly ironic entry (and personal favorite) and one that has been spoofed countless times (Futurama and Spongebob Squarepants quickly come to mind). There's actually a tribute to this episode in the queue of Tower of Terror--a pair of broken glasses in the lobby. Good stuff.


Airwave  eyebrow 



When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 821 times:

I used to love the series too, but its been so long since I saw it. Does anyone remember an episode, it's vague in my mind, where a fella flips a coin and it lands on its side, and whilst it rests there, he can hear peoples' thoughts?

Kieron747


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 820 times:

Quoting Kieron747 (Reply 15):
I used to love the series too, but its been so long since I saw it. Does anyone remember an episode, it's vague in my mind, where a fella flips a coin and it lands on its side, and whilst it rests there, he can hear peoples' thoughts?

Yes, I do remember that episode. It was with Dick York, Darren number 1 on Bewitched!


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