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Urban Legend
« on: 08-23-2003 14:05 »

We've all seen it. We all love it. What is it about these simple ironic twists that make it so good? What are your favorite episodes?

Mine are the one with the guy who has all the time/books in the world, but then breaks his glasses, "To Serve Man", and "The Monsters on Maple Street".


Urban Legend
« Reply #1 on: 08-23-2003 14:15 »

I haven't seen it, I'd really like to though, but the repeats are shown on Sky, and alas I do not have it  frown

« Reply #2 on: 08-23-2003 14:26 »

I love to use this phrase when people ask me where someone went. "They've gone into another dimension known as the Twlight Zone." (Cue scary music and I walk away with a big smile on my face.)

I personally love "The Obsolete Man" despite it's religious nature. It reminds us that government should never become so powerful that they decide what we believe and who is useful or not. I also love the one where an alien vistor brings a mysterious gift. Out of fear, the visitor is destroyed and his gift discovered to be quite useful, but useless now as it has been destroyed.

Space Pope
« Reply #3 on: 08-23-2003 14:32 »

I have only seen a few during a festival, but these were great.

"To serve man" - Brilliant!
Especially with Richard Kiel who played "Jaws" in Bond movies as an Alien. He looked weird.  smile

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #4 on: 08-23-2003 14:34 »
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"The Monsters On Maple Street" was remade on the new Twilight Zone series on UPN. It was changed so that the residents of Maple Street believed that instead of one of them being an alien that one of them was a terrorist. Talk about catering to your country's stupid fears.

Urban Legend
« Reply #5 on: 08-23-2003 14:52 »

I saw that one. That lady who kept saying "It's the terrorists I tell you! THE TERRORISTS!" was really annoying. The new ones really suck, because all they are are crappy remakes of the old ones.

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #6 on: 08-23-2003 16:07 »

That does sound horrible.  The charm of "Monsters on Maple Street" was that it could essentially be applied to any point in time ("aliens" is a broad term that could symbolize anything, such as terrorists), and thus the episode remains so, well, timeless.

Anyways, I haven't seen nearly every episode yet (I have four of the five dvd sets though), but its become one of my favorite shows ever.  Favorites include "Monsters are on Maple Street"(simply subperb social commentary), "The Hitchhiker", "Time Enough at Last", "Living Doll", and many others.

Starship Captain
« Reply #7 on: 08-23-2003 17:47 »
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Almost every episode with Burgess Meredith was great, the man was just damn good.  I also like the five people in a holding area, in search of an exit, with Willliam Windom.  The episodes with the hideous woman in bandages, and "a pitch for the Angels" are also great, but probably one of the all time greats, was "the Invaders", with the poor old woman terrorized by aliens in her attic.

Yes, the Twilight Zone does have a timeless quality to it, I think one of the things that made it great was Rod Serling.  The man was just a good storyteller, and he brought a presence to the show that has been missing from every anthology show since then.

p.s. I can't remember all the episode titles off the top of my head, and I know that some of them aren't exactly as I described,  I just don't want to spoil the twist, as there are some that will still make you go, "oh my...", that's wild.  eek

« Reply #8 on: 08-23-2003 17:49 »

I remember my favorite episode, but I cant remember its name. Its about a confederate soldier troup that walks into a town full of yankees, but the thing about it is that they are all frozen. Then they find a book of devilish magic and ect ect.

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Bending Unit
« Reply #9 on: 08-23-2003 17:50 »

The one where they give that woman surgery so she's "up to society's standards".

The one with the little devil-head thingy in the restaurant that gives you acurate fortunes.

The one where the bus crashes, and the Vensusians are invading.

They're all brilliant!

« Reply #10 on: 08-23-2003 21:00 »

I like the Invaders and the one with the people in the caffe where one of them might be an Alien, a good episode.

« Reply #11 on: 08-23-2003 21:57 »

The only New Twilight Zone I thought was good was the one where Jason Alexander Guest starred as death, death attempted suicide and the effect of death was negated, I havent seen too many of the old ones unfortunately  frown

Liquid Emperor
« Reply #12 on: 08-26-2003 10:42 »

My favourite is probably "It's A Good Life" about the kid who can change reality and send you out to "the cornfield" if you displease him.  Creepy!

Starship Captain
« Reply #13 on: 09-17-2003 14:03 »

it's been awhile since i have gotten to see an episode. I like the episode where astronauts go into space and think that they have landed on a new planet. they think that everything on this new world is gigantic, and a giant farm woman winds up killing them. She tunes on a radio and you hear the report that the last shuttle from america has been lost in space.           
another great episode is where a woman thinks she is terribly ugly, and undergoes many plastic surgeries. when the nurses and doctors remove her bandages, they gasp in horror and exclaim that the operation was a failure! then you can see that the woman's face is very beautiful, but that everyone else is ugly.
Evil Fox Exec

Bending Unit
« Reply #14 on: 09-17-2003 16:23 »

Yeah, that's a really good episode with a good moral lesson.  Beauty is only what the rest of society defines as beauty.

Urban Legend
« Reply #15 on: 01-13-2005 01:04 »
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I love the show.  The original verison, not the two lousy remakes.  Rod Serling was a genius; he was a good social commentator and played with irony like a violin.  I remember this past New Year's Eve, I watched a whole bunch of old episodes on Sci-fi channel.

here are some of my favorite episodes

Time Enough at Last
The Rip Van Winkle Caper
He's Alive
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

and many more.

Twilight Zone is out on DVD.  Season 1 includes uncut verisons of episodes and Rod Serling promos that haven't been seen since their first airing.

« Reply #16 on: 01-13-2005 08:07 »

Originally posted by Grim:
The only New Twilight Zone I thought was good was the one where Jason Alexander Guest starred as death, death attempted suicide and the effect of death was negated, I havent seen too many of the old ones unfortunately   frown

That wasn't scary... it just made you think that all this time George Costanza was actually death...

Seriously though, the new episodes are all shitty. Nothing is scary, or makes you go "hmmm?". After The X-files, and Poltergeist (the new which-didn't-last-for-long-series), "The twilight zone" just doesn't cut it.
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