Meet in the Middle

Meet in the Middle

Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone returns for season 2 with a psychic connection head game thriller.  The moral of this episode isn’t easily black or white and you would have to be a wiz to know exactly what the Twilight Zone team expected us to think when they lead us to an ending and have us experience a state of shock. Read More…

ETFD 016- William Shatner Episodes

ETFD 016- William Shatner Episodes

“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” is arguably the most iconic episode in the entire history of The Twilight Zone.  It’s been redone and parodied generation after generation since it first aired in 1963.  For some, including Darrell, it’s a fantastic episode for sure, but not the best episode starring William Shatner.  That honor is bestowed upon “Nick of Time.”

Whether “Nightmare” or “Nick” is your favorite, there’s much to be enjoyed in each, and much to discuss in this month’s episode!  Read More…

ETFD 015- Mark Dawidziak Interview

ETFD 015- Mark Dawidziak Interview

We are joined by none other than one of the most distinguished TWILIGHT ZONE historians there is (and that’s not just because he also does a mean Mark Twain). He is, in fact, another Mark, Mark Dawidziak. Journalist, lecturer, professor, and author of a book that should be on everyone’s TWILIGHT ZONE must-have reading list, EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED In THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Mark shares with us his roundabout journey to getting the nod to write about one of his many great loves—sorry, Robert, it’s not Kolchak this time—and we pitch a few questions to him and he hits each one of them a country mile over every cornfield in their path. Let us know what you think of this edition of our podcast by leaving either written or voicemail feedback.Read More…

ETFD 014- Twist Endings I

ETFD 014- Twist Endings I

If you’re like us, you like a good twist ending. Welcome back to the Twilight Zone–El Clasico Twist Endings Style—This time for an installment of “To Serve Man” and “The Masks.” Be honest. The very first time you saw these episodes did you predict the twist endings? That’s the best part of these iconic TZ episodes. The problem is almost everyone already has some exposure to the twist ending even before seeing the entire episode. Be that as it may, our intrepid co-hosts do their best to find the good tasting parts and the ugly character motivations and put them together in one giant discussion cookbook, served to you for your approval during a late midnight snack. Hopefully Darrell and Robert have given you food for thought and you’ll reach out to us with listener comments for our only goal is to serve you. Bon appétit! Read More…

ETFD 013- Before They Were Famous I

ETFD 013- Before They Were Famous I

We are proud to present to you, with very little delay, “Two,” and “The Bard.” The episodes feature film stars Charles Bronson and Burt Reynolds, and TV Star Elizabeth Montgomery. Listen along as Darrell and Robert cover dystopian worlds and magic circles. This time these actors have roles almost completely against type. For example,  Charles Bronson gets shot and Elizabeth Montgomery does the shooting in “Two,” while the main character in “The Bard” is the one doing witchcraft. And Burt Reynolds does a hilarious impersonation of Brando’s Stanley Kolwalski who cluelessly offends and magically conjured William Shakespeare who eventually knocks him out because Burt’s character is an idiot. Lastly, Robert will not rest until the writer of Bill and Ted’s adventure admits he was inspired by the ending of “The Bard.” Read More…

ETFD 012- Billy Mumy Twilight Zone Episodes

ETFD 012- Billy Mumy Twilight Zone Episodes

We appropriately scared ourselves a wee bit this close to Halloween by covering sweet, little, red-headed, and possibly demonic Billy Mumy (sounds like Moo-me) episodes: “Long Distance Call,” and “It’s a Good Life.” They both are two very well known Twilight Zone episodes. Listen along as Darrell and Robert come to terms with how these episodes can be so good yet still conjure feelings of such great discord because Billy Mumy plays a creepy and murderous incredibly well. Darrell’s background research offers a lot of fun side-notes and Robert mentions the latest survey tallying Americans who believe in ghosts, demons, and vampires is a surprisingly high number. Read More…

ETFD 011- Our Favorite Classic Twilight Zone Episodes

ETFD 011- Our Favorite Classic Twilight Zone Episodes

Welcome back to the Twilight Zone–El Classico Style. “A World of His Own,” and “One for the Angels” are covered in-depth as Darrell’s and Robert’s, respectively speaking, favorite episodes. There was a rumor circulating that Robert would get emotional again, but it never took that form other than some nervousness discussing the shows we hold so reverently near and dear to our hearts. You’d think in two episodes that contained a Grim Reaper, a sacrificial child, a magical dictaphone, a real elephant, and even Rod Serling, we’d have a lot to talk about…and we sure did! Give us a listen, do your homework for the next episode, and send us your feedback because we love getting you folks in the conversation with us. Enjoy! Read More…

ETFD 010- Blurryman

ETFD 010- Blurryman

Well, it’s in the books. Season 1, Episode 10 of the Twilight Zone reboot made its final mark. “Blurryman,” let’s face it, did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, it appears to have prophetically addressed criticisms about the show that couldn’t possibly have been known at the time of filming. Art imitates life and life imitates and criticizes art in an episode that put its writer into the consciousness of the show and us as viewers right along with her. Robert and Darrell discuss the show, podcasting together, and stay tuned…upcoming podcast episodes where we will beginning to cover our favorite classic TZ episodes. Thanks for listening everyone, and no matter when you can, please give us some feedback and let us know how we’ve been doing. And remember, everyone must get Zoned! Read More…

ETFD 009- The Blue Scorpion

ETFD 009- The Blue Scorpion

The penultimate episode, number 9 of 10, jumped out at many like a Blue Scorpion jumping out of the darkness into the light and making everyone who saw it jump during its airing this past Thursday. Season 1, Episode 9, “The Blue Scorpion seems to be thought of by many as the best one yet. With the exception of everyone named Jeff, Darrell and Robert look down the barrel at the plot points and the heart wrenching, yet sometimes hilarious portrayal of Jeff, by Chris O’Dowd. The hippies movement is contrasted by a handgun that acts like it has a soul, or at least bad intentions. Or does it? Nothing in the Twilight Zone is as it appears, not even a fancy gun that has a bullet with your name on it. Read More…

ETFD 008- Point of Origin

ETFD 008- Point of Origin

Just when you thought you’d hear Darrell and Robert unanimously echo each other’s likes and dislikes again, we finally have a split decision for “Point of Origin,” the most recent episode of the Twilight Zone. Both of us liked the cast, the style, and let’s not forget there were (spoiler alert) aliens…just not exactly the kind you would expect from the Twilight Zone. So where do we differ? Check us out and join the conversation afterwards and let us know what you think. As always, our listener written and audio comments are some of the best parts of this podcast episode. Read More…

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