Yeah. Obviously I didn’t end up blogging like I said I would. Mainly because my day to day’s been weird and I’ve been lazy. NO LONGER. Probably hit you guys up with a new Super-blog Thursday, today let’s take things easy.
So I’ve been watching ALOT of Twilight Zone lately. It’s on Netflix Instant (all but Season 4, actually. Dunno if there’s a rights thing there because the episodes were hour long that season or what.) and it’s just such an insanely easy show to watch in like….5 episode spurts.
I’ve always been a huge Twilight Zone fan. Night Gallery too to a lesser extent. Rod Serling’s not only an incredible writer, he’s my favorite TV “personality”. But this is the first time I’ve been able to watch the show in chronological order and it’s been fun being able to do so and notice stuff.
A couple of things:
This show has really aged gracefully, for the most part. Yeah, episodes like “The Obsolete Man” or “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street” aren’t, you know, SUBTLE, but it was important that they weren’t.
It’s weird to say, but the Twilight Zone is really moral show? And I can’t think of a show that better reflects what I’d consider my values? There’s a strong humanist bent to Serling’s work and it was and is a pretty progressive show. I can’t even imagine what it must’ve been like watching it when it aired.
That said, they do a good job of balancing the more inspirational/faith in humanity episodes with the “BOY THIS IS SURE A COLD AND UNCARING UNIVERSE WE LIVE IN” ones. And that’s great! I love that this show gives us episodes like “The Fever” or “A Stop At Willoughby” along side “Mr. Dingle, The Strong” or “One For The Angels”. It’s easy to make fun of how this show has what feels like 100 “weird airplane” episodes, but it’s impressive just how many GREAT episodes there are of this show.
Anyway, that’s what I got. If you have Netflix Instant, you really don’t have an excuse to take in a few episodes, Twilight Zone’s a textbook definition of how to do a GREAT anthology series.