Monday, January 6, 2014

10 Lessons Learned By Watching The Twilight Zone: Part I

The Twilight Zone

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.

As a child I remember randomly saw bits and pieces of The Twilight Zone episodes but it wasn't until my pre-teen and teen years that I truly delved into this spectacular show. And when I say spectacular, I mean it.

Certain channels would give marathons of episodes and it has become a New Year's tradition for us to watch a few episodes. It is something my hubby and I used to do even in our singleton days.

For those of you unaware of this show, it was hosted by Rod Serling. A man whose life deserves a whole post dedicated to him, which I will do soon. He also wrote most of the stories for the show and fought hard to keep creative control over the show as well which was unheard of at that time. The show ran from 1959-1964 with two later revivals spanning 1985-1989 and 2002-2003.

Serling brought us stories that made us think AND feel at the same time. These stories tapped into our imaginations, into the way we thought, and into the way we see the world around us. I won't go into a lot of detail into every episode on this two part series because I want to encourage you to view them on your own. Seasons One and Two are available currently on streamline on Netflix and you can find many on Youtube. 

I hope you to give it a try! I know its in black and white, I know it seems too sci-fi like, and I know that some of the story lines may make you say, "What just happened?" But trust me when I tell you that they will blow your mind away. Wanna be mind blown? Today's television doesn't do that often enough, but you can always tune into....The Twilight Zone.
The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine
The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959): An aging film star cannot let go of the past.

Lesson Learned: If you don't think of tomorrow you will drown in your yesterday and will never be able to really fully live in the present.
The Lonely
The Lonely (1959): A prisoner is given a robot in the shape of a woman to help him cope with the isolation.

Lesson Learned: If we allow ourselves we can easily forget what is real and what is not.
Time Enought At Last
Time Enough At Last (1959): A avid reader yearns to have more time to read.

Lesson Learned: Own an extra pair of whatever it is you need to be able to see, hear, walk, etc. because you never know when you will be in a situation where you can never get another pair and well...you won't be able to read all those books you wanted to in the first place!
The Man in the Bottle
The Man in the Bottle (1960): A financially struggling couple find a genie in a bottle.

Lesson Learned: Be careful what you wish for because whatever you do wish for has consequences.
The Eye of the Beholder
The Eye of the Beholder (1960): A woman in bandages is hoping she can fit into the society she lives in by changing the way she looks.

Lesson Learned: Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. What I think is beautiful you may consider to be ugly so it is important to remember that beauty is all a persons personal opinion. 

7 comments:

  1. These are awesome pearls of wisdom to extrapolate from one of the best sci-fi/mystery/horror shows of all-time. I know that for me, another lesson would be, always make sure the person you're talking to on the other end of the phone is still alive! (Re: the episode Long Distance Call.)

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Gahhh I just rewatched that the other day!! Omg sooo true! xox

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  2. Or don't trust talking dolls #TalkingTina ;) We watch this every night on MeTV. Which I recommend all people watch ;)

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    1. Or gremlins can destroy planes... or don't trust tabletop fortune telling devices ;)

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    2. Def do NOT trust talking dolls-that doll creeped me out!!! xox

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  3. My husband is really a huge fan of Twilight Zone! He will love this post!!!

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  4. I love Twilight Zone and watched it all the time when I was younger but I havent watched it in years though. You've made me remember what Im missing so now Im going to have to make it a point to seek it out to watch again.

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