Friday, February 15, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 1



I WROTE THESE DURING THE SUMMER OF 1999 WHEN I STARTED WORKING AT NORTHWEST AIRLINES. CLEARLY I NEEDED SOMETHING TO DO WITH MY TIME AND WATCHING THE TWILIGHT ZONE SEEMED TO FILL THE MORNING HOURS BEFORE I WENT TO WORK. THESE ARE VERY CHEESY AND PROBABLY SHALLOW BUT I THINK THIS SHOW MORE THAN ANYTHING LED TO ME GOING TO SCHOOL FOR FILM.

Where is Everybody?

originally aired: October 2, 1959
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Earl Holliman, James Gregory

"the place is here, the time is now, and the journey into the shadows that we're about to watch could be our journey..."

**pilot episode**

classification: drama/fantasy

story: An astronaut wanders into a mysteriously empty town. He eventually discovers that he has been in an isolation tank and that the town is just a hallucination. Note: In Serling's own novelization, a further twist was added: after the astronaut is brought back to reality, in his pocket he finds a theater ticket stub which he had unconciously picked up in the town.

my summary: Excellent episode. Probably one of the finest in the series. Creepiest parts were the mannequin of course, just on principle, and dude almost getting locked in the jail cell (by nobody). I feel very sorry for Mr. Air Force; his lonliness saddens me.

"Up there, up there in the vastness of space in the void that is the sky. Up there is an enemy known as isolation. It sits there in the starts waiting, waiting with the patience of eons. Forever waiting, in the Twilight Zone."

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