Posts tagged: The Twilight Zone
“A Most Unusual Camera” first aired on Dec. 16, 1960.
Some small-time crooks acquire a camera that takes pictures of the near future.
There's probably no need for a 53-year-old spoiler alert. But let's just say the magic camera proves to be too much of a good thing.
It's mean to scare little kids by telling them the longer and longer nights are a result of the Earth wobbling out of orbit and heading farther and farther away from the sun.
An episode called “Nick of Time” first aired on this date in 1960. Captain Kirk and his wife have some time to kill while their car is being repaired so they go into this diner and, well, you know what's in the cards for them.
“Last Night of a Jockey,” starring Mickey Rooney, first aired on “The Twilight Zone” 50 years ago tonight.
Even Rod Serling struck out now and then.
A so-so episode called “A Kind of a Stopwatch” first aired on Oct. 18, 1963.
A chatterbox loser is given a watch that can stop and restart all human activity. Everybody just freezes in place until he re-clicks it.
He uses it to rob a bank. But it doesn't end well for him.
I'll spare your delicate sensibilities by not telling you what use certain adolescent boys immediately thought of for such a magical watch.
That's Lee Marvin pretending to be a robot boxer. The automated fighter he manages has broken down. So, in order to get paid, he steps in and pretends to be an android pugilist.
The scene is from an episode of “TheTwilight Zone” called “Steel.” It's set in the future — 1974.
It first aired on Oct. 4, 1963.
In one of the series' Cold War classics, an episode called “The Shelter” shows what can happen when fear trumps reason.
When a suburban neighborhood faces the prospect of nuclear war, the gentlemen in the picture (above) break down the door of a doctor's basement bomb shelter so they can get their families in.
But even as a child, didn't you ask yourself: “What good is a bomb shelter with a door that can no longer close?”
A) Archer Maggott is going to get his. B) Talky Tina is seconds away from reaching into Telly's chest and extracting an “Aliens” creature. C) Doll-kick to groin. D) He's going to say “Who loves ya, baby?” and Tina is going to reach around and break his stranger-danger little finger. E) Other.
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That the reason we are experiencing more and more daylight is that the Earth has wobbled out of its orbit and we are hurtling out of control toward the sun.
A neighbor, the father of a friend of mine, shared this theory with a group of my peers back when I was a kid. Later I realized that he had simply borrowed the storyline of a “Twilight Zone” episode called “The Midnight Sun.”
Of course, in that show, it turned out that the vision of crashing into the sun was just a feverish woman's dream. In reality, our planet was rapidly moving farther and farther away from the sun. Which also spelled doom.
Which way would you rather go?
OK, please revise to suit your personal circumstances.
A cautionary tale called “The Brain Center at Whipple's” first aired on this date in 1964. Richard “Mel Coulee” Deacon stars as a manager gleefully replacing his human workforce with machines.
You'll never guess what happens to him at the end. Well, maybe you will.
This episode of “The Twilight Zone” first aired 50 years ago tonight.
When people get used to being in charge, sometimes they find that hard to give up.
An hour-long episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville” first aired on April 11, 1963.
It has a Spokane connection, which I'm sure I have mentioned more than once. But it also features a pre-Catwoman Julie Newmar as the hellacious Miss Devlin. Would you have been tempted?
But what if, instead of the whole aliens want to eat us thing, she were addressing the Spokane City Council? What might she be saying?
There might be a price to pay.
At least there was in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “The Masks.”
It first aired on this date in 1964.
Well, until the coming jump to Daylight Saving Time snatches away a precious hour.
Always have a pair of back-up glasses.