“Twilight is my favorite,” said the oblivious millennial who thinks that sparkling vampires and and dime store “literature” is good reading. In the past, before terrible books with content that could be outpaced by a Chippendales calendar became the thing that stirred the imaginations of audiences, Rod Serling brought to television one of the most cinematic and well-written scifi series of all time. We’re talking of course, about the Twilight Zone.
The Twilight Zone was a very different show from what existed at the time, and never could be replicated, even though others tried.
That said, there are some episodes that aren’t that good, but that’s to be expected in a series that had over a hundred episodes. The great episodes, however, are extremely memorable and you should stream them today instead of watching Kristen Stewart and her “acting” which is reminiscent of a tired koala mindlessly half chewing a eucalyptus leaf.
This episode is brilliant simply because it evokes an emotion that we’ve all felt: what would it be like to visit our past? An advertising agent, Martin Sloan, finds himself almost out of gas and in need of an oil change near his hometown, and decides to walk there while his car is tuned up. He’s running away from his life in New York that has started to drive him crazy, and in a lot of ways Sloan is actually a representative of Serling himself. The episode also features an excellent score by Bernard Herrmann.
It’s a Good Life
What would happen if a child possessed almost limitless power? This episode asks and answers this question. In it, you’re introduced to Anthony, who controls his hometown, destroys most of the world, creates grotesque creatures, and produces worse television than the entire Kardashian clan. Also, when displeased, he simply wishes the object of his displeasure into the “cornfield.”
Time Enough at Last
Burgess Meredith, of Rocky fame, plays a bookish bank teller who seemingly can’t catch a break from his boss or his wife when it comes to his love of reading. When a nuclear blast destroys his hometown, and he’s left alone, he finds the peace and quiet that he was seeking. At least temporarily. We’d rather not give away the end.