KevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48 Posted (8 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 936 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?
DeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 886 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.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 879 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.
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.
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 862 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.
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.
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
Kieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 843 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?
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 842 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!