Are You In the Zone?

by mrsweasley@evpl on Wednesday, January 14 2009, 12:33pm. Viewed 985 times.

Do you have a favorite Twilight Zone episode? As a child I loved Miniature, which starred Robert Duvall (just after his appearance in To Kill a Mockingbird) as a shy young man who falls in love with a doll in a museum dollhouse display. There are many fine scripts and skilled performances in this venerable series. Which ones have stuck with you?

Now there is a series of graphic novels based on Rod Serling's Twilight Zone scripts. The series "honors the original text and even echoes the storyboarding of television, but offers a fresh interpretation." The first of these graphic novels, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, is a chilling Cold War parable that still resonates with human nature in the triumph of emotion over reason.

Often mischaracterized as science fiction, The Twilight Zone was primarily supernatural and/or speculative fantasy.  As such, it is timeless and deserves this introduction to a new generation in their native medium.


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on Wednesday, January 14 2009, 5:13pm

My favorite one would have to be the one where beautiful is ugly and ugly is beautiful. There was a beautiful woman in surgery to try to become ugly so she could be accpted by that society. The surgery did not work, and when she saw her beautiful face she screamed. Then they took her away to live isolated from the normal "ugly" people.

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

gawell@evpl wrote
on Friday, January 16 2009, 9:57am

Many, many favorite episodes,the last one that I saw was a time travel story, the one with Buster Keaton. Buster talks, but the show is a great tribute to the classic silent comedies that Keaton and many others contributed during the early 20th century. The story is a combination of 'fish out of water' and 'grass is always greener on the other side', neither time traveler, past to future or present to past is quite at home, away from home.

Along with the great episodes, the opening narration was also a favorite.

[Opening narration (season 1)]

Narrator: There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

on Monday, February 16 2009, 11:51am

Does anyone remember the story of Burgess Meredith who just wanted to read all the time?  He worked at a bank and would go into the vault for lunch to read.  One day, while in the vault reading, an atomic bomb was dropped.  He was the only survivor and had all the time in the world to read.  That is when he stumbles and breaks his glasses.