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« on: October 01, 2007, 11:06:36 PM »

Believe it or not i had never seen twilight zone before last Thursday, and lemmie tell ya, its GREAT. It prooves that something doesnt need to be bloody to be scary and interesting. So far my favorite episode is the one with William Shatner and that fortune telling machine. I wish i had one of those things in my house! Whats your favorite episode?
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007, 12:25:44 AM »

Midnight Sun, where the earth veers off course and day by day inches closer and closer toward the sun.

Here's some good (and surprising) news: Apparently, Twilight Zone: The Movie is finally coming to DVD--next week!
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007, 11:17:49 AM »

Great show! A couple of my favourates were:
To Serve Man. Where those frendly aliens "help" the eathlings
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. A man sees gremlins during his flight. There's something on the wing! Some... Thing..
And one that I cant remember the title, about astronaunts that crash on an asteroid or moon..
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007, 12:12:25 PM »

Some of my favorites, each of which I do not recall the names:

An episode with Jack Warden where he is put on a planet by himself as punishment for a crime.  A space crew brings him supplies a few times each year and at one point they bring him a female robot which he falls in love with.  He is finally pardoned a while later but is unable to bring his love back to Earth with him.

The classic episode with Burgess Meredith where he is a loner who prefers books to humans.  After a nuclear explosion, he is the only human left alive which is perfect for him since it's only him and his books.  At the end of the episode he breaks his glasses and is unable to read.

The episode with a woman in what appears to be Wild West times being attacked by small robots in her shack.  I won't give away the big twist in this one but I will say it is fantastic.

I really need to get around to picking up some of those DVD sets of The Twilight Zone that were released a while back.  If I recall, they were quite pricey but maybe they've gone down in price.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007, 12:31:43 PM »

I love this show!  My brother and I put the brakes on every time Sci-Fi has a maraton.  I think by this point I've seen them all.  I'm also related to Rod Serling in a distant manner which is sweet.

My favorite episode is called He's Alive starring Dennis Hopper as a neo-nazi provocateur who does these town hall revivals that draw no crowd.  He is guided, however, by a shadowy figure in the audience who teaches him how to capture the audience and shape their opinions.  Turns out it's Hitler!

Futurama spoof it on one of their episodes.  It has great writing and it should because it was one of Serling's scripts.

I also think that The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street is one of the top episodes.  It's absolutely fantastic.  A neighborhood is stricken with fear when all of their electrical equipment ceases to work and no information comes in as to why it's happening.  Things worsen when an object is seen flying over the neighborhood and people fear the worst when a young boy's imagination leads them to think that they're under attack from space.

It has a s**t resolution at the end, but the events leading up to the complete breakdown of order on Maple Street are nothing short of awesome.  Serling really knew how to write unsettling television.  If only he could have figured out how to end his episodes.  It seemed like a lot of them spent so much time building tension and atmosphere and when he was down to the last page it was, "Oh yeah, by the way, it's an alien.  The End."

I still love it, though.
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007, 01:00:54 PM »

My favorite one was where the old man on his death bed made the kids and his wife wear the masks. That was kinda creepy but funny at the same time.
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007, 01:27:00 PM »

I have written quite a few Scifilm TV File reviews for "The Twilight Zone". My buddy Dr. Abner Mality made some contributions to the site too. Sadly they may well go the way of history as Scifilm eventually disappears and I have little desire anymore to continue with the TV Files at present (as to the future, who knows?). 

If you're interested, check it out while it still lasts:

http://www.scifilm.org/tv/

This link is to the Scifilm archive as it stands at present.

http://www.scifilm.org/tv/tz/

This one is for the Twilight Zone section.
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2007, 03:43:58 PM »



"The Obsolete Man" where Burgess Meredith plays the librarian in the future oppressive society that eliminates anyone who is judged obsolete. 

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2007, 05:42:09 PM »

So many episodes. So little time. But I'm surprised no one has yet to mention the one that scared the crap out of me, when I first saw it and put me off of watching "The Twilight Zone" for years, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" A lot of good B-movie actors in that one: John Hoyt, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips, etc.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2007, 12:18:12 AM »

A few of my favourites have already been mentioned from the old series. Not the best one but "The Howling Man" had an interesting plot. The devil is trapped in a monestary until a hiker releases him. This causes WWII.

The best Twilight Zone ever has to be from the 80s series. I can't remember the name of it but it has a young boy alone caring for his evil grandmother.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2007, 08:12:28 AM »

Actually, I saw one episode of the new Twilight Zone (80's version) where a physics professor was trying to solve an enormous quantum equation . . . and the devil offered him the answer in exchange for his soul.  Great little twist on that one.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2007, 06:20:28 PM »

One of my all time favorite episodes...a criminal is killed in a shoot-out with police, and in the afterlife, finds himself in a swanky apartment with a servant who grants his every wish. Unfortunately, he gets very bored fast, and his conscience starts to bother him...
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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2007, 11:31:18 PM »

One of my all time favorite episodes...a criminal is killed in a shoot-out with police, and in the afterlife, finds himself in a swanky apartment with a servant who grants his every wish. Unfortunately, he gets very bored fast, and his conscience starts to bother him...


Ooo! that sounds good!
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2007, 12:21:23 PM »

Many great classic episodes have been mentioned. "The Living Doll" is a favorite of mine. Telly Savalas is the unlovable step-father of a little girl, who's mother buys her a new talking doll named 'Talky Tina'. It seems Talky Tina has some rather disturbing things to say to Savalas...



"My name is Talky Tina and I'm beginning to hate you..."

Another great episode is "It's a Good Life" with lil' Billy Mumy as Anthony, a little boy with unlimited powers who holds a town in fear by threats of wishing them to the cornfield. This was really badly and wrong-headly remade for THE TWILIGHT ZONE MOVIE, making Anthony a simpering brat who just needed an adult's guiding hand. The main point of the film version seemed to be to show off some goofy, cartoonish effects. About the only 'special effect' in the original is a shadow on the wall of someone who has displeased Anthony, and it's definitely nightmare material.

Of course, in the original that kid is such a rotten little terror you'll be tempted to kick him right in...

I mean, uh, Anthony, it's real good you did all them things.

It's real good!
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2007, 08:54:53 PM »

What's the one with the little girl who falls out of bed and rolls into another dimension...? 

Believe it or not i had never seen twilight zone before last Thursday...
Better late than never!   Smile

..."My name is Talky Tina and I'm beginning to hate you..." 
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Another great episode is "It's a Good Life" with lil' Billy Mumy as Anthony, ...I mean, uh, Anthony, it's real good you did all them things.  It's real good!
That episode is based on Jerome Bixby's superb story "It's A Good Life" (italics original to author). 

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That man is WILLIAM SHATNER...
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