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Light and Shadow:
Quint crosses over into The Twilight Zone!
1.4-1.6 reviewed!

Published at: May 4, 2010, 5:39 a.m. CST by quint



Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the next Light and Shadow, my systematic and possibly suicidal attempt at going episode by episode through one of the best scripted shows to ever be beamed to idiot boxes, THE TWILIGHT ZONE. I’d like to start by thanking all those who left talkbacks on the first article (read it here if you missed it) and sent in emails. The level of support for this column was astounding and much appreciated. This installment features episodes 1.4 (“The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine” starring Ida Lupino and Martin Balsam), 1.5 (“Walking Distance” starring Gig Young) and 1.6 (“Escape Clause” starring David Wayne). Enjoy!

1.4 – “The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine”
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Written by Rod Serling
Original Airdate: October 23nd, 1959



Picture of a woman looking at a picture. Movie great of another time, once-brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part of the sky, eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton, whose world is a projection room, whose dreams are made out of celluloid. Barbara Jean Trenton, struck down by hit-and-run years and lying on the unhappy pavement, trying desperately to get the license number of fleeting fame.
These first two episodes, The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine and Walking Distance, concern trapping oneself in the past, which makes them particularly interesting watching them back to back. First up is a SUNSET BLVD.-ish story about an aging actress who craves her glory days to the point of obsession. She screens all of her old films over and over again on 16mm, watching them every waking hour of the day. On the surface this is a cautionary tale about living in the past, but there are deeper messages here. There’s a reason Ida Lupino’s Barbara Jean Trenton lives in the past. Everything she holds dear… her career, her co-stars, have all but turned to dust. There really isn’t anything for her to look ahead for. She doesn’t seem to have any family outside of a nervous maid. So in that way it’s not an optimistic tale. The episode treats her obsession as harmful, the dark room with a whirring projector a Howard Hughes-like separation from any real human interaction, but doesn’t really show her (or us) why she shouldn’t live in the past. Her agent, PSYCHO’s Martin Balsam, is her sole real human connection. Lupino’s maid doesn’t seem to mean anything more to her than a Motel 6 housekeeper. Lupino doesn’t give a shit about the maid and the maid doesn’t seem to give much of a hoot for Lupino as well. Balsam is the only friend Lupino has and in trying to break her out of her shell he sets her up for a return to the screen, but upon meeting the studio head he insults her by offering her a “Mother” role. Being a bit of a diva, she gives her old boss a stern speech and he fires back with equal fury, putting her in his place. One of my favorite moments of the episode has Balsam facing down this executive like a loyal guard dog, asking the exec to remind him about this moment whenever he’s at his lowest, down on his hands and knees, so that Balsam can give him a swift kick in the teeth. Then the exec would know she feels. One final attempt is made to force Lupino to socialize and that’s a reunion with her old co-star, the William Powell-ish Jerry Hearndan (Jerome Cowan). It seems to work, excitement showing in her eyes for the first time in years. But when her old co-star shows up, it’s not the young officer from her 1930s pictures, but a gray-haired wrinkled old man. This pushes her over and leads us to the finale. With this set-up I’m sure you know exactly where this is going and there aren’t many surprises in the episode. For those Woody Allen fans, I’ll say that I’m sure this episode served as great inspiration for one of my personal favorite Woody Allen movies: THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. I found The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine to be a fine episode, but there’s one crucial flaw: the old Ida Lupino doesn’t seem to look any different than the young one. When we meet the older Jerry Hearndan he’s gone from heart-throb to old man, but Lupino looks virtually the same. So I don’t really buy that she couldn’t still be playing young parts and it really takes away from the impact of the final moments, which should play a lot more fantastical than they ultimately do. Of real interest to film score fans, listen to the score by Franz Waxman who also scored the incredibly similar SUNSET BLVD as well as REAR WINDOW.

1.5 – “Walking Distance”
Directed by Robert Stevens
Written by Rod Serling
Original Airdate: October 30th, 1959



Martin Sloan, age thirty-six. Occupation: vice-president, ad agency, in charge of media. This is not just a Sunday drive for Martin Sloan. He perhaps doesn't know it at the time, but it's an exodus. Somewhere up the road he's looking for sanity. And somewhere up the road, he'll find something else.
For a “living in the past” story of a radically different nature we follow Gig Young as Martin Sloan, who stops at a gas station while traveling and realizes that his home town (a little town with the slightly on the nose name of Homewood) is a short walk away. Since the minor repairs needed for his vehicle will take an hour or so, Young decides to take a stroll and, in doing so, walks right into his past. Literally. Oddly enough, one of the first people Young stops and talks to is little Ronnie Howard playing marbles who starts screaming that he can’t possibly be Martin Sloan because he knows Marty Sloan! Back when this episode aired I’m sure playing with time travel wasn’t as old hat, so for modern audiences Young might be a little too slow on the up-take to realize what has happened to him. It really isn’t until he sees his young self that he knows what’s going on and that’s about halfway through the episode. But there’s a charm to the pacing, there’s a charm to being one step ahead of our lead, watching him literally stroll through his memories. The character of Martin Sloan is such a worn out guy, run down by the daily suit-and-tie grind that when he realizes what’s going on he becomes quite desperate to tell his younger self to enjoy these days of freedom, to appreciate them more than he did the first time through. However his desperation makes him kind of a creep and his younger self doesn’t want anything to do with him. Neither do his parents, who, understandably, can’t fathom this grown man being their little boy from the future, so poor Martin Sloan feels useless… until a very warm-hearted ending conversation between father and son that one can’t help be touched by. That’s what I love about Serling as a writer. The fantastic is just an excuse to get past the audience’s defenses so it has a clear shot at their heart. Sometimes it’s to warm it up, sometimes it’s to stick the knife in and twist and that you never really can tell which one you’re going to get is part of what makes him such a brilliant writer. Speaking of, if you have this Definitive set make sure you listen to the Rod Serling lecture that’s on specific episodes. He goes in depth on specific TZ episodes in front of a class at Sherwood Oaks College opening up to criticism, agreeing with much of it and putting straight some people with their heads up their asses. He comes across as such a laid back, fascinating guy with a genuine down to earth quality and great sense of humor. These serve as some of the best commentaries I’ve ever heard; possibly because of the classroom setting. It’s a dialogue, not a one-way conversation. It also helps that Serling is selfless in his deconstruction of his own work, something that could probably only be gained by the 15+ years separation from his material. Great stuff… if you own this set and don’t listen to these pieces of lecture you’re missing out big time.

1.6 – “Escape Clause”
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Written by Rod Serling
Original Airdate: November 6th, 1959



You're about to meet a hypochondriac. Witness Mr. Walter Bedeker, age forty-four, afraid of the following: death, disease, other people, germs, draft, and everything else. He has one interest in life and that's Walter Bedeker. One preoccupation: the life and well-being of Walter Bedeker. One abiding concern about society: that if Walter Bedeker should die, how will it survive without him?
I found this to be one of the lesser episodes I’ve seen, but a lesser TZ episode is still far and away better than 90% of television. David Wayne (probably best known as The Mad Hatter in the ‘60s Batman series) plays Walter Bedeker, a vain despicable little man who is so full of himself that he believes everyone is out to get him… yet at the same time the world will collapse without him in it. From his doctor to his doting wife, Walter feels the world is bound and determined to make him ill. So when a strange fat man in a suit appears with a contract that will let him live forever it’s quickly apparent that it’s an offer he can’t refuse. This is the first Deal With The Devil episode of the series and much like how Murray Hamilton portrayed Death in “One for the Angels” a bit uncharacteristically, Thomas Gomez brings an interesting layer of kindness to The Devil. Some of that has to do with Wayne playing Bedeker as such a prick. When the contract is offered, Bedeker haggles the Devil like no one has before, closing loopholes in this eternal life contract that others might not think about. For instance, he insists that he does not age, that he’s immune to the world’s ills and is all but indestructible. All that said, The Devil, going by the great name of Cadwallader, goes out of his way to offer up an escape clause should Bedeker tire of immortality. All Bedeker has to do is summon Cadwallader and ask for the contract to be broken and he will die a quick and painless death. With a laugh, Bedeker accepts, signs and the world’s most annoying man grows into the world’s biggest cock-bag. He throws himself in front of a subway train, bus, etc in order to collect settlements from these corporations. But he quickly grows tired of a life without risk. The ex-shut-in grows tired of the lack of excitement and when he accidentally nudges his wife off of a roof he calmly calls the cops, turning himself in just so he can ride the lightning that awaits him at the end of his sure death sentence. There’s not much to this twist ending and I guess that’s what I liked the least about this episode. Maybe I’ve just been conditioned to expect twists upon twists, but I found this particular ending to be dissatisfying. That’s it for this installment of Light & Shadow. Next time we cover Jack Warden in The Lonely, the classic Burgess Meredith starrer Time Enough At Last and Perchance to Dream. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



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Episodes 1.1-1.3


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  • May 4, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST

    I love this show

    by SlimButNotreally

    They just don't make 'em like they used to. I'm getting these discs.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST

    no ghostbuster 3 news? im out.......

    by theDannerDaliel

  • May 4, 2010, 4:18 a.m. CST

    More, more, MORE!!!

    by VanGoghX

    Keep 'em coming! Great stuff! BTW: My vote for follow up series after TZ is the 90's version. Then back it up to Night Gallery. Little bit of the old, then the new and back to the old.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    WALKING DISTANCE HAS A BEAUTIFUL BERNARD HERRMANN SCORE.........

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    The episode itself is a masterpiece. It hold special meaning for me, more so now then before, as I just turned 32 on Friday and I can identify with Martin Sloan’s desire to revert back to childhood. It’s strange that we never realize how good things were back then until we look in the mirror one day and realize that we’re getting old.<br> <br>You see, the true genius of The Twilight Zone was that the time travel/monsters/aliens/robots etc….was peripheral to Serling’s focus on the human condition. At it’s best, TZ revealed something about human nature under the veneer of Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror. This is something that the makers of Transformers and the new Star Trek didn’t understand. On the other hand, I think James Cameron understands this perfectly as I just got Avatar on Blu-Ray and despite all the mind-blowing action/spectacle/CGI, at it’s heart it’s a journey of self discovery and love. <br> <br>Some mention should be made about Marc Scott Zicree’s indispensible Twilight Zone Companion. It is the definitive tome on TZ and should be on the shelf of any self respecting fan of the show.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Oops, meant 90's Outer Limits.

    by VanGoghX

    But 80's TZ's would be cool too. Maybe original Outer Limits then 90's? Fuck it, do what feels right. I'm stoned.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    DOES DAWN OF THE DEAD REMIND ANYONE OF A GOOD TZ EPISODE?

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    Sure, the characters aren’t as elegantly loquacious as those in Serling’s scripts but the original Dawn of the Dead has always felt like the type of zombie film Serling would have written. Yeah, I know this most likely sounds stupid and why the fuck am I bringing it up in a Twilight Zone thread but DotD’s metaphorical correlation between consumerism and the zombies not to mention the mall turning from a paradise to a prison is the type of thematic subtext that was always present in Serling’s best work. Dawn of the Dead, like the best Twilight Zone episodes, had something to say which is why both have captured our imagination over the decades. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    I actually prefer the remake of

    by V'Shael

    Walking Distance. The one that was redone for the modern series of the Twilight Zone. I can't remember if the script is very different (I suspect not) but the scene between father and son resonated with me a lot deeper in the new version. I think because the actor playing the father was just much better at it.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Just don't do the 3rd Version of TZ

    by Jinxo

    With the exception of a handful of episodes... so bad. And the weird thing is I believe it was by the same folks who did the great Outer Limits revival. Maybe they just had a better ear for Outer Limits. That 3rd TZ had eps that made me want to punch the screen.<br><br> 80s Zone has some real good stuff though.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    80's "Walking Distance"

    by Jinxo

    I don't think that was a full on remake but instead just a similar story. It was "One Life, Furnished In Early Poverty" based on a Harlan Ellison story which itself was based on his life. On the commentary he talks about walking onto a set based on his dad's store from the wrong entrance while they were filming and seeing himself as a child watching himself as an adult having a conversation with his dad and he just started - his words - bawling like a baby. Great episode, better commentary track.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:03 a.m. CST

    @Jinxo - Cool, I didn't know that.

    by V'Shael

    I must look that one up, and get the commentary too.<br /><br />Though Ellison would likely never admit it, it does sound like his story was "inspired" by the Twilight Zone episode, no?

  • May 4, 2010, 6:04 a.m. CST

    Ed...

    by Human_Bean_Juice_

    Harrington...

  • May 4, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Uncle Harlan

    by Jinxo

    It does seem possible one inspired the other. Only, I think Ellison is himself such a TZ fan, I'd bet money if it was an inspiration he would admit it.<br><br> I just wish they'd have had the guts to produce the Christmas script he wrote that, because they balked at it, caused him to leave the show. Although I don't know how he thought CBS would go for a story about the Anti-Santa who punishes bad people. Oh Knackles, we hardly knew ye!

  • May 4, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Harlan may be a TZ fan, but

    by V'Shael

    he's also a highly contrary and aggressive man, who really wouldn't take kindly to any hint of plagiarism. Especially when he's come down so viciously on those who he thinks are guilty of it.<br /><br />I mean, I heard about the Terminator story (where he sued the movie makers) years before I actually saw the episodes Cameron supposedly plagiarised. ("Soldier" and "Demon with a Glass Hand") Once I saw them, the words "tenuous connection at best" sprung to mind.<br /><br />I have to agree with Cameron on that one. The law suit was a nuisance one, and Harlan was a parasite.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    HARLAN ELLISON IS A FUCKING WANKER!!!FACT!!!

    by TehCreepyThinMan

    He has a story in a zombie short story collection called The Walking Dead and the insufferable asswipe has a fucking copywrite logo next to his goddamn name. He's less of a writer then a famewhore. Fuck him and the horse he rode in on.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Quint.

    by HorrorFan81

    I've always loved this show. I even have the box set that you are watching. It's terrific that you are writing these reviews. Brings back fond memories, and makes me want to go back and re-watch them myself. Keep up the good work! By the way, my favorite episode is "A World of his Own." Can't wait until you get to that one.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Question Quint

    by vin_diggler

    Are you really seeing all of these episodes for the first time? Some of them, like walking distance, are very well known and I'm surprised you have not seen them before. Or am I mistaken and you are watching them again and giving your thought seeing them as an adult?

  • May 4, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Coming to Blu-Ray

    by knightrider

    TVShowsonDVD ran the scoop the other week:</p> http://tinyurl.com/384ptud</p> So will definitely have to upgrade. Truly one of the greatest shows ever produced.

  • May 4, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Walking Distance Score

    by knightrider

    is a beautiful piece of music. It was used a lot on other shows of the era, such as The Fugitive (and has been ripped out of the DVD releases of that show).

  • May 4, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Recently got the full series

    by A G

    Not watching them in any particular order at the moment, as in anthology I see no real reason to. Living Doll is still genuienly creepy. These NEED to be watched around midnight with all of the lights switched off. It's like time travel to another dimension.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    menagerie

    by belledame

    i don't recall the maid didn't care about her. saw that one in the last few months and the maid was very concerned that the old actress was holed up in her theater all day. she confabbed with the agent and was very upset to see the old lady had maid her "transition." i think one of the things about that flick was that she would have been an ingenue in her heyday while her co-stars would have been 15-20 years her senior. so they were old guys if not dead while she was in her early middle-age, beyond the pool of starring roles. monroe and dandridge both followed the same path to early deaths. crawford got on with it and davis camped it up.

  • May 4, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST

    great stuff

    by heroic_duo

    keep it up!

  • May 4, 2010, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Every TZ episode is on Netflix Instant Streaming

    by CullenisPrime

    I know it isnt the same as having the actually box sets, but still.....

  • May 4, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Quint!

    by GoDFaDDa42

    Nice work as always. Like AMAD, you could probably make some decent bank by collecting these in book form and publishing them.

  • May 4, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Jack Warden and Bavmorda are great in

    by Tacom

  • May 4, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Lonely.

    by Tacom

  • May 4, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Lonely.

    by Tacom

  • May 4, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Great Job Quint

    by MGTHEDJ

    As others have said Serling was the master and everyone has ripped him and his team off these past 50 years.<p>So many great actors, even child actors like Ann Gillian, did eps because the scripts were so great.<p>My favorite eps<p>I Sing the Body Electric-with very young "Alien" actress Veronica Cartwright<p>To Serve Man.<p>The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street<p>It's a Good Life -Bill Mumy and Cloris Leachman<p>My all time favorite is Two-Charles Bronson and a very young and HOT Elizabeth Montgomery.

  • May 4, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Walking Distance...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...is not really one of my favorites, but it has a favorite moment. Martin in the past, walking to his parents front door and peering at them through the screen door- subtly suggesting the barriers between their two worlds now. Having lost both parents it chokes me up a bit now when I watch it. The next three I feel are all classics in their own way with themes of isolation and the power of the subconscious mind running through two (Time Enough.../Perchance To Dream) while these themes are shared in the other (The Lonely).Looking forward to reading more Quint!

  • May 4, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    also...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...if we're gonna play the TZ inspired movie game, 'Perchance To Dream'->'Nightmare on Elm St' anyone?

  • May 4, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Awesome Quint!

    by chrismata

    Keep 'em coming!

  • May 4, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Now I wish I had the box sets...

    by HapaPapa72

    Such great TV...didja ever see the one with George Takei, I think, as some racist WWII veteran's gardener? I think they showed it once and never aired it in repeats because of controversy...I saw it on some TZ DVD I rented once... I love the one where the soldier knows which fellow soldier is gonna die next by the glow in their faces...so many good episodes...gotta stop now or I'll be reminiscing for hours.

  • May 4, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    HapaPapa72...

    by carlotta_valdes

    George Takei one was 5th season 'The Encounter' and the other I'm pretty sure is first season 'The Purple Testament'.

  • May 4, 2010, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Walking Distance DOES have a hauntingly beautiful Herrmann score

    by SmokingRobot

    And it's available here: http://tinyurl.com/2ecykwv Pick it up while it's still in print, this is a classic.

  • May 4, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    The Lonely=

    by Dr.DirtyD

    the reason the Twilight Zone exists, and is the best show ever. Fuck the order they aired. why didn't you just start with that one.

  • May 4, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Quint, know of anyplace I can hear those lectures

    by KingNineReturns

    outside of the DVD set? Really interested in seeing Rod reflect on his work. Fantastic column by the way!

  • May 4, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Nice one Quint. TZ is always a good decision.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    My favorite ep has to be A Nice Place to Visit.

  • May 4, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    I was not aware of those Serling lectures...

    by SoylentMean

    somehow, that just made my day. It's been a pretty boring day, but damn, it's cool to know I own those. Starting to think I might be doing my own TZ marathon soon.

  • May 4, 2010, 8:42 p.m. CST

    This is great!

    by leisuredrummer

    Having a great time reading these. Keep them coming. Great work!

  • May 4, 2010, 8:51 p.m. CST

    the hour longs

    by SQUIDDLY

    I thought the half hour episodes were better when it gets to season 4 (i think) the episodes are 1 hour and they seem stretched after 15-20 mins you know where the story is going and you have to wait another 40 mins for its conclusion. I still like them just not as much.

  • May 5, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Squiddly

    by knightrider

    That's the exact same problem that Serling had with them. The hour format didn't suit the series. Thankfully, they reverted back to half hours the following season.

  • May 5, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Re: Hour longs...

    by knightrider

    There were a couple of great hour long segments, although they never quite reached the heights of the earlier seasons. I really like 'Of Late I Think of Cliffordville' (with a gorgeous 'horny' Julie Newmar), and I love 'The Incredible World of Horace Ford' with Pat Hingle. 'Printer's Devil' with Burgess Meredith, and 'The New Exhibit' with Martin Balsam are honourable mentions!

  • May 5, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    knightrider

    by SQUIDDLY

    i didn't know that about serling.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Escape Clause was one of my first TZ encounters

    by mdf2

    <P>In fact, the minute you mentioned you were doing the "Twilight Zone", Quint, "Escape Clause" jumped immediately into my head. <P> The funny thing is, this encounter was before seeing any episodes of the show, much less the episode in question. <P> It was in a paperback anthology I found in my school library called "Tales From The Twilight Zone", where certain episodes were redone as short stories. <P>"The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" was also in that collection. Both stories scared the crap out of me. <P>One last note, and apologies if anyone else has mentioned it. "Cadwallader" means "battle-arranger" in Welsh. Perhaps that big battle certain religiously-inclined people talk about? <P>"People die! But Walter Baedeker goes on and on." His laugh was rolling thunder across the cell. "Walter Baedeker goes on and on and on." <P>Sure, in hindsight the twist is predictable -- but it wasn't to me back then. <P>Keep up the great work.

  • May 5, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST

    GREAT STUFF, QUINT!!

    by SonOfChiba

    Wow, this has really brought back a lot of memories! Here in the UK we don't get rpt showings of TZ anymore and rading your overview of the pilot brought back a lot of happy memories. Truly a great, great show. Surprised no-one seems to have mentioned the Roddy McDowell ep, called (I think) People Are The Same All Over? his performance in that is pure pathos. Keep up the good work, Quint!!

  • May 5, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    knightrider...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...ageed on all the hour longs you've listed. I'd also add 'On Thursday We Leave for Home' (James Whitmore is great in that) and 'Jess-belle' with Anne Francis (The After Hours). Both had meaty enough stories plus performances to suit the longer format and retain interest.

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  • May 5, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    This is a great column!

    by brokemart

    This is the best thing I've ever read on this site. There is no denying how great the original Twilight Zone is. As so many have said before in these talkbacks, this is likely the finest example of storytelling on TV...EVER. Please keep it going, Quint. I would also suggest you look into watching the original Outer Limits. There were 49 episodes during its original run in 1963-1965. William Shatner, Robert Duvall, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Culp, Martin Landau, Cliff Robertson, tons of great actors. This was a disturbing, science/horror hour-long anthology series that had a remarkable noir look, full of shadows and totally unique alien and monster creations. This is the series that started with the sine wave pattern and the words "There is nothing wrong with your television set...". This series has been on MGM DVD for years (with no extras) and deserves a serious Blu-Ray treatment. Once you're through with your TZ marathon, Quint, take a look at the Outer Limits.

  • May 5, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I used to watch TZ in the UK...

    by Righteous Brother

    back in the 80's when I was still at school. They used to be shown so late, that I'd be half asleep as I watched them, which just added to that weird dream-like quality they had. I remember it was a well written show. It must've been amazing watching them when they first aired.

  • May 5, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    goddamn quint i envy you

    by mr. smith

    just the thought of rediscovering these from a distance, well, wow. you are in for some real mental stimulation. TZ was such elemental watershed material...

  • May 5, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    righteous brother

    by SQUIDDLY

    I did exactly the same thing, going to sleep and have these weird dreams...some stories stayed with me for a while.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Great job as usual Quint.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    Keep up the great work and thank you.

  • May 5, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Would love to see Twilight Zone offered as a...

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    college class. That would be one heck of semester.

  • May 5, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    thanks for moving over!

    by frank cotton

  • May 5, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    This piece of News brought to you by...

    by tailhook

    The Twilight Zone The Complete Definitive Collection. In stores now, available on Amazon, and proud sponser and payer of articles for Aint-It-Cool-News.

  • May 6, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Tailhook

    by knightrider

    Regardless of the motives behind this column, this is a series that deserves to be rediscovered by a wider audience. I applaud them for this, and hope they stick it out to the end.

  • May 6, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Please post more

    by orange84

    I am loving these.

  • May 6, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    a David Wayne tidbit...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...the star of 'Escape Clause' was in a classic episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents as well (directed by Hitch) called 'One More Mile To Go' about a guy who kills his wife and has a hell of a time getting rid of the body. I urge anybody who hasn't seen it to check it out. Good stuff. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508222/

  • May 6, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Keep 'em coming Quint, good stuff

    by SithMenace

    It's nice to have a piece of classic sci-fi journalism on this site for a change. I can't remember an article this cool since the "1982 was the best genre year" series, and that was three years ago.

  • May 6, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    The "suit and tie grind"

    by SithMenace

    seemed like a subject of major interest to Rod Serling.

  • May 6, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    carlotta_valdes

    by knightrider

    That episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents is one of my all-time favourites. Hitchcock's TV work doesn't get the coverage his movies do, but that segment is amazing... from the almost silent first half, all the way to the busted taillight. Not a single frame of film wasted. Hitch truly was a master of his art.</p> I must pick up the latest set with Hitchcock's (and Roald Dahl's) 'Lamb to the Slaughter' on it. That's a great story.

  • May 6, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    knightrider...

    by carlotta_valdes

    Agreed. I love how Hitch (much like in Psycho) manipulates you into empathizing with the killer, and the increased tension you feel... fearing that he may be found out.

  • May 6, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Lamb to the Slaughter's...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...great too!...mostly due to Barbara Bel Geddes. When's the next TZ article Quint?...we're getting side tracked while waiting. More,more!

  • May 6, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    knightrider...

    by tailhook

    People the world over know exactly what The Twilight Zone is. It gets 'rediscovered' every Jan 1st. I love the show dearly, but whats being done here is a cash grab to pay the bills plain and simple. How low has the site fallen when it has to do an episode-by-episode of a series thats been off the air 50+ years to generate revenue? Whats next? An episode-by-episode of Sea Hunt? How about Lost In Space? Friends? There are plenty of fish in the sea without resorting to Aint it Retardedly Old But-Still-Cool News.<p><p> Heck, I don't even mind them doing an article on the show that breaks down the seasons and what to expect in the series, even as a cash grab. But episode-by-episode 3 at a time for what appears to be a months long project is ridiculous.

  • May 7, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Re: knightrider

    by pilgrim64

    While it may be a cash grab, it's arguably one of the best written shows ever on telvision. I remember Escape Clause, but not the other two. I'm glad that someone is giving their perspective and might make me see something in a different light. Keep it up Quint.

  • May 7, 2010, 10:20 a.m. CST

    tailhook

    by knightrider

    Do they? Geeks know about it for sure; folks of a certain age definitely; kids coming here to read about the latest Iron Man or Twilight? - I'm not so sure. Lots of kids these days won't go near anything if it's not in colour, so their only knowledge of the show would be the generally awful recent remake, or the title. If Quint's reviews can help a new audience discover the show, or even an older audience rediscover it, I think that's a good thing.</p> I don't disagree that the site is blatantly using the column to bolster its Amazon Associates program, but if any set of DVDs is worthy of a thorough appraisal like this, it's The Twilight Zone. This Talkback has been one of the least hate-filled I've seen here, and that alone must say something about this show!</p>

  • May 7, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    TZ hate free thread...

    by carlotta_valdes

    "This Talkback has been one of the least hate-filled I've seen here, and that alone must say something about this show!" Well said knightrider. ...and hopefully we can keep it that way.

  • May 7, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Cash grab?

    by Quint

    I make the same pay check whether I do this article or not. Nobody asked me to write these, it's just something I got a bee in my bonnet to do. For the Amazon link, it's there. Click on it or don't. I'd still be writing these whether there was an associate program or not. I'm genuinely interested in these and I've found writing the articles helps me fully examine the episodes instead of glossing over them as the run by hour by hour.

  • May 8, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

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    http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=BBP05101AA <p> These are expensive, but I don't care, I'm getting them!!!

  • May 9, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Cash Grab

    by A G

    Writing about a 50 year old television show is a cash grab? What in the name of fuck. If you apply this logic then everything you see on any website is a cash grab because its talking about something and has relevant ads to support paying for the production of the articles.

  • May 9, 2010, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Knightrider...

    by tailhook

    A) Thanks for the show of support in the point I was making, that this is a cash grab (nice way to put it, 'bolstering' its Amazon Associates program... well said).<p> B) Kids don't come to this side to read about Twilight, or even Iron Man. They have plenty of other, hipper sites that specialize in that clientele. Nobody is under the delusion that the demographic for this site is anything but the 25-40 geek crowd. Sure there are exceptions, but thats what it caters to.<p> C) Quint, its nice to see a person that can not only on one hand try to claim they aren't blatantly pushing product, while in the exact same post, blatently push it. 'For the amazon link, it's there. Click on it or don't.' Lol ching!

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  • May 9, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Definitive Top 20

    by kenyonnoble

    Jeez there are some jaded, whacked out people on these talkbacks. Can't the guy just like TZ, i personally think its the greatest show ever produced & enjoy the breakdown of episodes. Top 20 BEST Twilight Zone's ever 1) Number 12 looks just like you 2) Five Characters in search of an Exit 3) Time Enough at Last 4) The Silence 5) To Serve Man 6) The Howling Man 7) Stopover in a Quiet Town 8) Eye of the Beholder 9) Nick of Time 10) Will the real Martian please stand up. 11) Monsters are due on Maple Street 12) The Obsolete Man 13) People are Alike all over 14) Of late I think of Cliffordville 15) The Four of us are dying 16) A game of Pool 17) The Midnight Sun 18) The Masks 19) Kick the Can 20) Its a Good Life

  • May 9, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    tailhook

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    So do you go to somebody's house to eat a free dinner and criticize how they paid for the groceries? That's basically what you're doing here. Get over your self-righteous self and STFU.

  • May 10, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Paul

    by tailhook

    Jesus, this your first rodeo? Its called a talkback, and was put here specifically so that people could well.. talk back. Thats basically what we're doing here. Get over your self-righteous self and STFU.

  • May 10, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    tailhook

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    great comeback. Now fuck off.

  • May 10, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    tailhook

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Wow, great comeback. Did that take you long to come up with?

  • May 10, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    knightridder/carlotta_valdez

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    How do you guys feel about Hitchcock episode The Jar? It's might favorite from show and one of the few things that still creeps me the fuck out.

  • May 10, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Walking Distance

    by Dollar Bird

    One of my favorite episodes. It inspired that novel I've been writing for 5 years that will never see the light of day, let alone the light from inside a Barnes and Noble.

  • May 10, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Paul Bucciarelli

    by carlotta_valdes

    Don't know that episode Paul. Is it from the original series? If so, what's the premise?

  • May 10, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    carlotta_valdes

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0394054/

  • May 10, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    carlotta_valdes

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    It was part of the original show's second season (although I think they might have remade it for the later revamp) and was based on a Bradbury story.

  • May 10, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Just watched it on Hulu Paul...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...it was from the Hitchcock Hour, which came after 'Presents'(1964). Lot of great character actors from the time (Pat Butram, Slim Pickens, James Best, Billy Barty, George Lindsey and I think the actress playing the wife was the star of the Twilight Zone "#12 Looks Just Like You"? Great use of "Dies Irae" music(also used in the opening of the Shining). Loved how the jar represented different things to all that looked at it...normally real horrors from their past. Also a great gruesome ending...but why couldn't anyone tell for so long what was in the jar at the very end? "Here kitty, kitty" very creepy. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • May 11, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The devil episode

    by BizarroJerry

    I think that's another example of something seeming unsatisfying because it doesn't seem like anything new. That kind of deal with the devil story has been done to death, and is almost a TZ cliche, I think. I'm guessing that it, like many stories, had a bigger impact at the time.

  • May 12, 2010, 3:50 a.m. CST

    The Jar

    by knightrider

    Haven't seen it yet, will check it out and let you know!</p> Also, why has this node disappeared from the Coaxial section?