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Would it be an overstatement to describe the late Rod Serling as a “visionary” ?

(from “The Obselete Man”, TZ 1961)
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Rutterman · 41-45, M
Not at all. He was undeniably brilliant. There's a reason why his series, [i]The Twilight Zone[/i], continues to resonate with people nearly 60 years after its initial run came to an end. I think it might be the greatest TV show of all time.
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Rutterman · 41-45, M
[@375829,Briggett] That was a great series too.
Peaches · F
[@121363,Rutterman] I watch that too.
craig7 · 70-79, M
No,that would be a fair description - I enjoyed the series when when I first saw it in the '60s.I remember one episode in particular that had my brother and I sitting in the edge of our chairs - "The 30-Fathom Grave".There was another series I also liked,"One Step Beyond" - which slightly pre-dated "The Twilight Zone".
Peaches · F
[@1204214,DocSavage] I remember "I Sing The Body Electric," and had really never heard of Ray Bradbury until recently. He has a TV show on now, it's the first time I've seen it this year.
DocSavage · M
[@364304,Peaches]
Ray Bradbury was one of the great Sci-fi writers of the time. You can find “The Ray Bradbury Theater “ on Roku, and a few other streaming channels. Highly recommend.
You might know him for some of the book/movie based on his work : Fahrenheit 451,
The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes , The Beast From 20,000 Fantoms, The Illustrated Man.
Also, there are four, or five episodes of the Alfred Hitchcock show based on his short stories.
Peaches · F
[@1204214,DocSavage] I get him on "Comet" now that I bought an antenna that gets extra channels.
Piper · 61-69, F
No, not even a little bit of an overstatement. It is just the in the 20 years, though, that I learned more about him. About all the opposition and censorship he faced, to what he wanted to convey.
DrWatson · 61-69, M
Wow. I don't remember that one. Yes, he was a visionary. I appreciate his poetical dialogue more today than when the series aired and I was so young.
[@1204214,DocSavage] I’m very familiar, with Oscar Beregi and Joseph Schildkraut.
But that épisode deals with Nazis and the camps.
"He’s Alive !" is one of the hour episodes, dealing with Neo-Nazis and how the hatred takes hold in a community.
DrWatson · 61-69, M
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] Interesting coincidence. The other night my wife and I watched the Twilight Zone episode "The Rip Van Winkle Caper", one of my favorites, starring Oscar Beregi.
[@338282,DrWatson] Yes, I saw that one, too.
fernie2 ·
The one with Shatner on a plane in the sky the only one who could see the monster out on the wing of the plane. Still scares me to this day!
Sorry...I couldn't resist
spjennifer · 56-60, T
[@1181110,fernie2] This one would be more aptly named "Snake on a plane" lol 😄
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
[@1181110,fernie2] Nighmare at 20,000 ft.😷
No, not an overstatement at all. That's one of my favorite episodes. I think I've seen every episode at least half a dozen times. He was a genius.
bookerdana · M
No which is why there are still Twilight Zone marathons ..Rod also wrote screenplays🤗


MethDozer · M
No. He hosted what us undeniably the greatest tv show ever made. It never gets old.
[@521796,MethDozer] Agreed ! 👍🏽
graphite · 61-69, M
He was a pretty bright guy. Apparently, the shocking ending to "Planet of the Apes" was his idea.
DrWatson · 61-69, M
[@698333,graphite] I never saw that remake. The novel was very intellectual, and it got into discussions about the nature of intelligence and the behavior of a species, that probably would be too wordy to put into a movie.
graphite · 61-69, M
[@338282,DrWatson] In the 2001 remake, the astronaut goes back to find that the Tim Roth ape character, Thade, a villain in the movie, is now revered as a leader of their civilization; there are statues of him.
DrWatson · 61-69, M
[@698333,graphite] That is still different from the book.
Imagine saying Burgess Meredith is obsolete! He still had to train Rocky (he also did another Twilight Zone episode)
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
Watched this Yesterday...Burgess Meredith was a regular in that series..😷
Peaches · F
YES! ⭐ He was great. I remember this episode so well. I used to watch this all the time.👀
Coppercoil · M
I think a lot of the great sci-fi minds were primarily students of human behavior who understood the psychology of society and using history as a guide, projected and extrapolated logical outcomes of certain observable phenomenon and developing trends in technology and governance over long periods of time, among other things.
Pinkstarburst · 51-55, F
That’s one of my favorite episodes!!!
fernie2 ·
I remember being 8 and being terrified for weeks after seeing the one where a little girl discovers a spot on the wall right beside her bed that went to another dimension.
[@1181110,fernie2] "Little Girl Lost". Yes ! One of my favorite character actors from back then, Charles Aidman, starred in that one.
fernie2 ·
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] Geez great memory
markansas · 61-69, M
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[@1247474,markansas] The first intro had an eeriness that scared me as a child much more than the later, more iconic one did.
[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhKiqo-nqm0]
DrWatson · 61-69, M
I found the entire episode on YouTube (complete with subtitles in Portuguese!) and just watched it. It is very good.
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
[@338282,DrWatson] The entire series is on Paramount streaming, along with the recent series, which is a good watch as well, remade by the "Black Mirror" man.😷
Briggett · T
My all time favorite is the second coming. The sky turned pitch black in the middle of the day.
DocSavage · M
[@375829,Briggett]
“I am the Night, color Me Black”
DocSavage · M
I like the episodes, but after reading the original script, there were a few flaws that didn’t fit the story.
Any society, no matter how totalitarian, would still have a need for a librarian. They would have to keep records, files, etc. someone to keep things organized.
In the first draft of the script. After being considered “obsolete” the chancellor accepts his fate , and calmly awaits his death. Serling was a good writer, but he occasionally went out of character.
markansas · 61-69, M
https://web.archive.org/web/20220110103807/http://www.twilightzone.org/

https://web.archive.org/web/20210125155408/http://twilightzoneradio.com/

 
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