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  • Is "Black Mirror" Truly a Modern Twilight Zone?

    03/16/2018 12:56:22 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 44 replies
    You’ve surely gotten the memo by now. As a fan of The Twilight Zone, you’re supposed to be head over heels for Black Mirror. I wish I could join the chorus. I don’t mean the show is without merit. It’s well-produced, acted and directed. It has some intriguing storylines. But it’s no Twilight Zone for the 21st century. Sure, it’s an anthology with fantasy/sci-fi touches. But it’s also incredibly pessimistic...Yes, TZ had its share of downbeat endings (hello, Henry Bemis). And it’s true that Serling didn’t shrink from showing us the dark side of human nature (“The Shelter” and “The...
  • Serling, Rodman, T/4 (Rod Serling Bio on "Together We Served")

    09/22/2015 8:14:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 33 replies
    Rod Serling served as a U.S. Armyparatrooper and demolition specialist with the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific Theater in World War II from January 1943 to January 1945 (Discharged stateside in 1946). He was seriously wounded in the wrist and knee during combat and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Serling's military service deeply affected the rest of his life and influenced much of his writing. Due to his wartime experiences, Serling suffered from nightmares and flashbacks. During his service in World War II, he watched as his best friend was crushed to...
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How it Changed Their Work

    01/31/2013 11:27:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    io9 ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charlie Jane Anders
    So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the military at some point — especially during the era when we had a compulsory draft. But how did serving in the military shape these writers' books? Here's a look at 15 of the authors who served in the armed forces, and how their work reflects that experience.
  • 1970, Rod Serling: Television Has Little Relevance

    09/01/2010 7:54:36 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 6 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 09/01/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    In 1970 University of Kansas Professor James Gunn interviewed famed "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling and what he said about how badly the subject of race was handled on TV in his day is particularly trenchant. Gunn, a science fiction writer in his own right having won many awards for his work, asked Mr. Serling if he felt that any current television fiction was relevant to the human condition. Rod was discouraged that it was, especially where it concerns the issue of race. "Most television fiction that I watch has very little relevance. I think it's one thing to say...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 10-21-09 (The Reality Zone---A Tragicomedy Featuring Rod Serling)

    10/21/2009 4:46:33 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 36 replies · 1,453+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | October 22, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    (Richard Heene, father of Balloon Boy Falcon, is sitting in his backyard with his head in his hands. Falcon walks up to him and Heene looks up sadly.) BALLOON DAD: Why Falcon? Why did you tell Wolf Blitzer on live TV that I told you to hide in the attic for the show? BALLOON BOY: Because that is what you did tell me, Dad. BALLOON DAD: But that was the real reality we must never talk about. What counts is TV reality. And now I can never return to TV reality shows like "Wife Swap." My credibility was blown...
  • Rod Serling’s Revenge (The Twilight Zone, one of the best-loved TV shows ever, turns 50)

    10/07/2009 7:52:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,469+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/7/2009 | Michael Anton
    There is so much competition for “best television show ever” that continuing the argument is probably pointless. Also, apples-to-apples comparisons are difficult to make. Is The Simpsons better than The Sopranos, or are they so different that, apart from both being shown on TV, they have nothing meaningful in common? “Most influential” is a little easier. And there can be no question that the top handful of contenders must include The Twilight Zone — first aired 50 years ago, on Oct. 2, 1959. It remains one of the best-loved shows of all time, and in the subsequent half-century, it has...
  • 50 years later, Twilight Zone bridges time

    09/29/2009 5:41:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 70 replies · 3,846+ views
    hostedn ^ | 2 hours ago | WILLIAM KATES
    "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." - Rod Serling SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — On a Friday night in October 1959, Americans began slipping into a dimension of imagination as vast as space and as timeless as infinity....
  • The Obsolete Man Script Written by Rod Serling

    07/09/2009 1:39:02 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 51 replies · 2,164+ views
    erikstwilightzone.blogspot.com ^ | 07,09,09 | Rod Serling
    The Obsolete Man Script The Obsolete Man Written by Rod Serling ACT ONE Setting: A large board with a long table and humongous podium. On the side of the room are many government officials robotically and sequentially next to each other. At each end of the table is a microphone with one end having seat with a State secretary. Above the secretary, is a podium with the State Chancellor Standing at top with a grip of files and his own microphone as well. Secretary: Wordsworth, Romney, Obsolescence. (Turning to Chancellor) He waiting, Chancellor. Chancellor: Order him in Secretary: Wordsworth, Romney,...
  • Iowahawk: Requiem For a Lightweight

    03/23/2009 4:16:24 PM PDT · by dighton · 15 replies · 969+ views
    Iowahawk | 03/23/2009 | David Burge
    (With apologies to Rod Serling)ACT 1SCENE 1A stark dressing room in the underbelly of the White House, bathed in the dim yellow light of a 25-watt compact fluorescent bulb. The dingy walls are plastered with Shepard Fairey “HOPE” posters. Off stage is heard the cringing, muffled gasps of a stunned arena audience. Suddenly the door bursts open and enters BARACK “BAM BAM” OBAMA, former champion, unconscious on a stretcher carried by his handlers -- cut man TWINKLETOES EMANUEL, manager PAPPY AXELROD, SPITBUCKET BEGALA and SPINDOC GREENBURG. His nose is bleeding profusely, his eyes nearly swollen shut, and his forehead is...
  • Twilight Zone Marathon Continues on Sci-Fri Channel Today

    07/04/2008 4:45:25 AM PDT · by ETL · 18 replies · 1,222+ views
    SCI-FI CHANNEL
    4TH OF JULY TWILIGHT ZONE MARATHON SCHEDULE (all times are in Eastern / ET) For episode descriptions, copy a selected title from the list below and paste it into the search box at the upper right of the following linked page:http://www.scifi.com/twilightzone/episodes/ OR, simply refer to your cable or satellite provider's on-screen programming guide (duh!) Again, all times below are in EASTERN / ET 06:00 AM PAID PROGRAMMING 08:00 AM STOPOVER IN A QUIET TOWN 08:30 AM THE SHELTER 09:00 AM THE CHASER 09:30 AM NERVOUS MAN IN A FOUR DOLLAR ROOM 10:00 AM TO SERVE MAN 10:30 AM THE...
  • The true first episode of The Twilight Zone - The Time Element

    04/07/2008 5:03:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies · 575+ views
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    On October 2, 1959, Rod Serling's landmark television series, The Twilight Zone debuted with the pilot episode, Where Is Everybody? However, this was actually the second pilot. The first pilot was an episode of the Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. The episode, written by Serling, was The Time Element. The original air date was November 24, 1958. Unfortunately, the episode seldom appears on television these days. And it's not yet available on video in the US. However, a fellow from Portugal has uploaded it to YouTube. Here it is. I think it's very good. It's in six parts. You might want to...
  • Submitted for your approval ...Rod Serling's Twilight Zone originated in Ithaca

    03/24/2008 8:05:28 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies · 1,942+ views
    Daily Messenger ^ | Sun Mar 23, 2008, 03:01 AM EDT | By Stephanie Bergeron, staff writer
    Ithaca, N.Y. -In 1924, in Binghamton, a baby was born who would go on to graduate from high school, serve in the army as a paratrooper and demolition specialist, write television screenplays, have a house on Cayuga Lake and work as a professor at Ithaca College. He died in 1975, but at the end of this month, his voice will again be heard in the hallways of Ithaca College. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. That voice being honored is that of Rod Serling. “The Twilight Zone” always began with Serling staring sternly into the camera, telling a serious tale. As...
  • NAFTA Superhighway Has Giuliani As Key Player (RON PAUL opposed!)

    07/24/2007 3:59:53 AM PDT · by OrthodoxPresbyterian · 35 replies · 1,003+ views
    HULIQ.com ^ | 6-26-2007 | Diane M. Grassi
    NAFTA Superhighway Has Giuliani As Key Player Submitted by admin on Tue, 2007-06-26 20:28.A NAFTA superhighway extends North through Texas into Oklahoma and Colorado, and it's a four lane huge superhighway.On March 23, 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush, former Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin and former Mexican President, Vicente Fox, authorized the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP), now under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Most Americans have little to no knowledge of this seemingly innocuous sounding unofficial treaty and therefore believe there is little reason to be alarmed.However, what could be misinterpreted as legislation which has...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 09-13-06 (Daily Kos KOmmies Enter The Twilight Zone)

    09/13/2006 6:54:42 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 96 replies · 1,398+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | September 13, 2006 | KOmmies and PJ-Comix
    Keith Olbermann, desperate as usual to boost his tiny ratings, turned his 9/11 report into one long attack on President Bush. Keith made this ATTACK, in typical poor taste on the site of the former World Trade Center Towers. Then he added to the tastelessness by making a comparison to The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street episode of the Twilight Zone. Olbermann used that Twilight Zone episode to suggest that our real enemy is our own prejudices despite the fact that the tragedy of 9/11 was caused by very real Islamic terrorists. It was as out of place...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 05-29-06 (Pied Piper Pitt Enters The DUmmie Zone)

    05/29/2006 7:56:23 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 119 replies · 2,187+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | May 29, 2006 | PJ-Comix
    YOU'RE TRAVELLING THROUGH ANOTHER DIMENSION. A DIMENSION NOT ONLY OF SIGHT AND SOUND BUT OF MINDLESSNESS. A JOURNEY INTO A BIZARRE ASYLUM WHOSE BOUNDARIES ARE THAT OF THE IMAGINATION. THAT'S THE SIGNPOST UP AHEAD---YOUR NEXT STOP, THE DUMMIE ZONE. (A car is roaring fast down a country road late at night in western Nebraska. At the wheel is Pied Piper Pitt. He has a very sad look on his face, almost crying, as he mutters to himself: "I'll show them! In a couple of days they won't have the Magic Man to kick around any more and then they'll...
  • Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval (Serling Documentary On TV Tonight)

    12/29/2003 3:22:04 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 79 replies · 1,351+ views
    PBS.Org ^ | December 2003
    Known primarily for his role as the host of television’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, Rod Serling had one of the most exceptional and varied careers in television. As a writer, a producer, and for many years a teacher, Serling challenged the medium of television to reach for loftier artistic goals. The winner of more Emmy Awards for dramatic writing than anyone in history, Serling expressed a deep social conscience in nearly everything he did. Born in Syracuse, New York in 1924, Rod Serling grew up in the small upstate city of Binghamton. The son of a butcher, he joined the army...
  • The Twilight Zone

    09/19/2002 12:35:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Did anyone see the premier of the premier of the latest version of The Twilight Zone? If so, what did you think of it?