Before the Bat Twilight Zone

Before the Bat Twilight Zone

Beloved as Catwoman from the 1960’s Batman series, Julie Newmar first appeared as Miss Devlin on the season 4 Twilight Zone episode, “Of Late I think of Cliffordville.” Pat Hingle, who played the role of Commissioner Gordon in the 1980’s and 90’s Batman films, made his Twilight Zone appearance in the season 4 episode, “The Incredible World of Horace Ford.”

Stranded in Space

Stranded in Space

If there’s one thing The Twilight Zone loves, it’s exploring humanity through the lens of space travel. This month we take a look at two episodes where the lead characters find themselves stranded in space, albeit for entirely different reasons. In season 1 episode 7 entitled, “The Lonely,” we encounter the story of a man named Corry who has been sentenced to solitary confinement on an asteroid millions of miles from earth. He’s given a human-looking robot to ease his loneliness, but what happens if he’s eventually forced to choose between the robot and returning to earth? Read More…

Let it Snow!

Let it Snow!

While the weather may be a bit unseasonably warm for us right now, we find ourselves in a much cooler situation than those in the season 3 Twilight Zone episode, “The Midnight Sun.”  For much of the episode we are lead to believe they are on a collision course with the sun…or are they?  This is a podcast episode with a snow theme after all.  Then we take a look at season three’s final episode, “The Changing of the Guard.”  The content of this episode draws us back to our own childhood and the teachers that impacted us indelibly. This episode is both a reminder to thank those who have positively impacted our lives and that we are quite blind to the impact our lives have on others.  Read More…

Burgess Meredith Part 2

Burgess Meredith Part 2

Burgess Meredith’s impact on the Twilight Zone is arguably deeper than any other thespian to enter the fifth dimension.  While most know him immediately for his work on the beloved episode, “Time Enough at Last,” many have never seen his appearance in the season four episode, “Printer’s Devil.” Read More…

Dealing with the Devil

Dealing with the Devil

Is dealing with the devil ever a good idea? Would you even recognize the devil if you met him face to face? Would there be peace on earth if you could somehow capture Satan himself and confine him to a prison cell? October is the month of ghosts, goblins, witches, and devils, so it seems like the perfect time to look back at two episodes of The Twilight Zone that feature the devil as a main piece of the story. Read More…

The Zone of Mirrors

The Zone of Mirrors

Mirrors give us glimpses into a parallel word and allow us to see the hearts of men.  Well, at least they do in The Twilight Zone.  This month we look at “Mirror Image” and wonder if the ticket agent and washroom attendant are all part of the plan to make Millicent believe she’s crazy.  We also review “The Mirror” and share our theories on whether or not the mirror actually had special powers, or if it was merely the power of suggestion amplified by paranoia that brought about the demise of these revolutionaries.  Read More…

The Best of James Best

The Best of James Best

I’ll go out on a limb here and state unequivocally that James Best is in the best two scary Twilight Zone episodes of the entire show. Darrell may or may not agree with me, but we discuss the noire feel of “The Grave” and the playful, yet thought-provoking take on “The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank” too. Both episodes were written and directed by the great Montgomery Pittman. Both episodes feature incredible cast members with fun names of the characters to boot. It was great seeing Best play a character to type but also one with vulnerability. Join in and let us know your thoughts. Was Connie killed by dumb luck or by Pinto’s ghost? Only the Zone knows! Read More…

Bookending the Twilight Zone

Bookending the Twilight Zone

When you look at the beginning and the ending efforts of arguably the best genre tv show in history, you need to expect there might be low’s and high’s to discuss. Furthermore, you‘d expect the first episode to have more lows than the last, simply because it is still finding its footing. But that isn’t the way we saw it. Episode one‘s story misdirection, although not suggestive of entering the Zone “Canon” enough to be formulated in the very next episode, did establish a great twist ending which is a hallmark of Serling’s best material. The last episode, judge for yourself, shows a great show fell apart on its last effort. Listen in and as always give us a shout because we would love to hear from you. Even if your accent isn’t truly Southern. Read More…

Twist Endings Part 2

Twist Endings Part 2

We have a double dose of Twist Endings Part Two for you this time. Two episodes, somewhat vastly different except we see they both involve space travel, misunderstandings, and violent deaths. Actually, both stories capitalize on the hubris of mankind to reach out into the stars with a blind eye to the consequences of interacting with a new environment and interacting with its inhabitants and even ourselves. Although both use space as their settings, what is truly magical about the Twilight Zone is once again the stories that Serling crests from there are so far away yet are able to look at mankind’s faults so closely. Read More…

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

Joined by one of our listeners, Rick, this month we look at one of the most highly regarded Twilight Zone episodes of all time: “Eye of the Beholder.”  

Darrell has a lot of books and DVD’s about the show. Robert reads everything he can find on the Net that is related to the show. Rick, my friends has Rick—which means an encyclopedic mind that can rattle off a list of episodes that didn‘t originally air plus he knows nearly everything else there is to know about the cast member’s previous and latter work. IMDB, Rick is calling and needs you to cite him for everything you know. 

Seriously though, what a pleasure it was talking to Rick! Please listen in and send us your feedback or join us down the road for a podcast episode. Just be ready because Rick will already know everything you‘ve ever said on the subject and that’s fine by us. 

All three of us agreed this is  one of the best episodes there is. As the show points out it isn’t right to separate others for being different, but you can‘t help place this one high on the shelf of meaningful stories. Enjoy! Read More…

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