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Twilight Zone

treeplanter

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2020 has been anything but a normal year just like any other
In every way, shape, and form it has been utterly bizarre to say the least

Where our Huskers, in particular, are concerned, one might make a compelling argument that it has been damn near twenty years since anything has been normal!

Seems like we have been living in the Twilight Zone for quite a long time now

I just wanna go back to normal
I trust everyone else does as well

That said, it may not be possible...

I hope with all my might that we're not stuck permanently in a real life Twilight Zone but, that said, I have always loved the series - almost as much as I have loved our football program - and I'm interested if any one of you feel similarly?

What is your favorite episode of the Twilight Zone?

Which do you think is the best episode of the Twilight Zone?
 

RedStones

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There were a lot of good episodes which makes it hard to pick. I could list a lot of them but I'll just do a couple.

I really like one called the Hunt.
The Hunt (The Twilight Zone) - Wikipedia
An old man and a hound-dog named Rip, off for an evening's pleasure in quest of raccoon. Usually, these evenings end with one tired old man, one battle-scarred hound dog, and one or more extremely dead raccoons, but as you may suspect, that will not be the case tonight. These hunters won't be coming home from the hill. They're headed for the backwoods—of The Twilight Zone.
I also laugh at the classic with captain Kirk.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet - Wikipedia
Portrait of a frightened man: Mr. Robert Wilson, thirty-seven, husband, father, and salesman on sick leave. Mr. Wilson has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner very much like the one in which Mr. Wilson is about to be flown home—the difference being that, on that evening half a year ago, Mr. Wilson's flight was terminated by the onslaught of his mental breakdown. Tonight, he's traveling all the way to his appointed destination, which, contrary to Mr. Wilson's plan, happens to be in the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone.
 
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“The invaders” always stuck in my mind and “ it’s a good life” makes me glad the younger generation does not have these powers!
 

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I, too, liked "The Hunt". That episode shows why everyone needs a dog. Also, "Nothing in the Dark" with Robert Redford. There are others that I enjoyed seeing some of the actors in their early days. All in all, a great show.
 

Blue Howl

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A Nice Place to Visit.
I think this TZ episode does a better job of answering the eternal question of "Why does God allow suffering?" than anything else I have ever heard or read.
Here is Rod Serling's closing narration:
"A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted, and he's going to have to live with it for eternity - in the Twilight Zone."
 

treeplanter

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A Nice Place to Visit.
I think this TZ episode does a better job of answering the eternal question of "Why does God allow suffering?" than anything else I have ever heard or read.
Here is Rod Serling's closing narration:
"A scared, angry little man who never got a break. Now he has everything he's ever wanted, and he's going to have to live with it for eternity - in the Twilight Zone."
Too much of anything, even a good thing, is not good - or so learns the protagonist of this particular episode; one Rocky Valentine. career criminal!

Cosmic justice
We ultimately get what we deserve
You make a bed, it's surely the one you'll lie in
The concept of Karma

Pretty common theme across the Twilight Zone and one that proves immensely satisfying, I think

Who among us, after all, doesn't enjoy seeing someone get what they've got coming?

I'm trying to think, though, are there any other episodes wherein a character is made to endure an eternal {i.e. post death} fate due his/her actions in life?

Any other depictions of Hell, itself?

I can think of several episodes wherein characters have consigned themselves, through their own bad actions, to reliving over and over the same bad actions and the consequence of said bad actions upon their very selves, but I'm struggling to remember any wherein this particular fate is positively asserted to have extended beyond earthly existence as we know it...

Seems like death, itself, is more often than not presented throughout the Twilight Zone as the "final word", if you will

That said, I think maybe the grimmest and most chilling episode of all is the 11th episode of season 1, titled - 'And When The Sky Was Opened'

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And When the Sky Was Opened - Wikipedia

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Most every episode of the Twilight Zone, in my experience, contains and delivers a valuable moral

What, though, is the moral here?
I don't think there is one, actually...
The bleak message seems to be that we are at the capricious mercy of unseen and unknown forces
Forces that render us absolutely powerless

Some of Twilight Zone's main characters receive happy endings
Some do not

Even in those episodes where the main characters are denied a happy ending, there is, I believe, a silver lining to be found

A happy ending for us - the audience!
A lesson to be learned
A message received
A moral that we can take away

'And When The Sky Was Opened', however, appears to be the exception to this rule

There is no 'well deserved comeuppance' to be found in this episode...

To the contrary, the 3 lead characters - astronauts Harrington, Forbes, and Gart, are, by all accounts, good and decent men standing as heroes not only to our nation, but to all of mankind

None come anywhere close to deserving the fate unfairly delivered upon them!

A fate that far exceeds in terribleness any that has befallen any other Twilight Zone character that I can think of - including Rocky Valentine

Had Rocky's personalized iteration of an eternity in Hell been described as non-stop burning and torture of himself rather than eternity in a penthouse with beautiful, permanently compliant dames and an unbreakable winning streak at the casino - one might accurately ascribe to this brand of Hell a 'terribleness' exceeding that of an erasure from existence as experienced by Harrington, Forbes, and Gart

Certainly, I, personally, would far prefer to have never existed as opposed to being burned and tortured for eternity!

That said, though, if the choices are:

Eternal punishment of 'too much of a good thing'
or
To be erased as if one has never existed

then count me among those who consider it FAR WORSE to be removed altogether from time and space!


Just my thoughts, anyway
One of my favorite things about the Twilight Zone - it forces you to think!!

What do you think?
 

treeplanter

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It’s been a while but the episode with Burgess Meredith finally alone in the world can read all the books he wants and then breaks his glasses. Sums up 2020 pretty well.


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That's a great one!
A bit "played out"perhaps...?

Hard core TZ fans find probably look upon this ubiquitous episode like college football fans regarded Nebraska in the mid 90s
 

treeplanter

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There were a lot of good episodes which makes it hard to pick. I could list a lot of them but I'll just do a couple.

I really like one called the Hunt.
The Hunt (The Twilight Zone) - Wikipedia

I also laugh at the classic with captain Kirk.
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet - Wikipedia
Yeah!
There's just too many great episodes to narrow down

'The Hunt' is really cool
I love 'Nightmare' too, but that's one that's listed by almost everyone...

Speaking of Captain Kirk, 'Star Trek' and it's creator, Gene Roddenberry, are right up there with Rod Serling and 'The Twilight Zone' - brilliant shows created by true visionaries!
 

treeplanter

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“The invaders” always stuck in my mind and “ it’s a good life” makes me glad the younger generation does not have these powers!
Yep - yet another classic...'The Invaders'!

It was like the silent era all over...
How many TV shows can you think of that could have pulled off an episode with almost no dialogue whatsoever?

Not to mention that it starred Agnes Moorehead who was such a bigmouth as Endora on 'Bewitched'!
 
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