Friday, October 02, 2009

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The Twighlight Zone turns 50

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space, and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call... the Twilight Zone.

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the airing of the very first episode of The Twilight Zone. That episode, “Where Is Everybody?”, was one of the show’s best, an excellent beginning to an excellent series.

In commemoration of the day, here’s a list of my other favourite episodes, just for fun:

[Note that they experimented, in the fourth season, with hour-long episodes. I think it didn’t work, and none of the fourth-season shows are among the best, as I see them.]

4 comments:

Sue VanHattum said...

There were a few other shows like the Twilight Zone, and I'm remembering an episode that could be from TTZ or one of the others. All I remember, really, is tumbleweeds. I think they were scary somehow. They sure made an impression...

WM Irwin said...

One of my favorite Twilight Zone stories was "The Mind and the Matter" starring comedian Shelley Berman. Not only was it very funny: it also had a moral, which was that it can be a brutal revelation to see yourself as others actually see you, not as you imagine yourself to be.

Charles said...

Why does my laptop play the theme music for The Twilight Zone when challenge-sd spends days talking about weird items like using the Mirror concept from a Squared Up Set?

Charlie Young

Barry Leiba said...

He-he... Yeah. Indeed.

For the others reading this: a mailing list that Charlie and I both follow, set up for discussion of challenge-level square dancing, just had yet another one of its periodic endless and silly discussions, of the "angels on the head of a pin" type.