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Old 05-15-2019, 11:18 PM
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The New and Old Twilight Zone Episodes

I don't know how this will go over, but what the heck you never know unless you try.
Anyways my question is whether there are Twilight Zone fans out there, either from the original series with Rod Serling and/or from the new ones which started a few months ago with Jordan Peele at the helm on CBS All Access?
As you might guess,I was/am a HUGE fan of the original series from late 50's and early 60's and just recently watched two to three each day on Netflix either from episodes I had watched previously about which I had forgotten their content and/or highly rated good ones out of the 156 that I had somehow missed.
Imo the new series episodes which are a bit longer than the original ones which were about 25 minutes long,(excluding commercials) are quite good and in some cases are quote riveting and like the original series quite thought provoking.
I would love to hear from any of you folks out there who have watched the old episodes and particularlyy the new series also re: your overall opinion as well of course any specific episodes you particularly enjoyed or for that matter didn't enjoy.

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Old 05-16-2019, 01:11 AM
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I figured you would be more of a 90 Day FiancÚ fanatic.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:50 AM
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This is my favorite introduction of the several that Rod Serling used to open each episode:

youtube you're traveling throug a different dimension rod serling - Bing video
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Old 05-16-2019, 11:29 AM
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Here is a synopsis of one of my favorite episodes from the original series which imo all gamblers would enjoy.
If you have the means to watch it and haven't seen it already, don't read too far into it or you will know the surprise ending-the episode in entitled A Nice Place to Visit:

Episode Summary

Henry "Rocky" Valentine is robbing a pawnshop after shooting a night watchman, but before he can get away he is shot by the police. He wakes up to find himself seemingly unharmed by the encounter and in the company of a pleasant individual named "Pip" who tells Rocky that he is his guide and has been instructed to grant him whatever he desires. Rocky is suspicious, having never received anything for free in his life. He believes Pip is trying to con him and asks him if he is a cop. Pip proceeds to quote personal information about Rocky's tastes and hobbies from a notebook. Irritated, Rocky demands that Pip give him his wallet. Pip says he has no wallet but obligingly gives him a large amount of money and is willing to give him as much as he desires. Rocky believes Pip wants him to commit a crime on his behalf and that the money is an incentive. Rocky holds Pip at gunpoint, following him to a luxurious apartment that Pip insists is Rocky's. Demanding to know what he must do to acquire all this luxury, Rocky remains skeptical when he is told that it's all free. Despite his suspicions, he begins to relax, changing his clothes and taking a shower, after which he is presented with a meal served on a silver platter. He abruptly becomes suspicious again and demands that Pip taste the food, believing it to be poisoned. When Pip claims he can't remember how to eat, Rocky shoots him in the head but finds that the bullets phase through him, leaving Pip unharmed. Rocky now realizes that he is dead and immediately assumes that he is in Heaven and that Pip is his guardian angel. Later, we see Rocky in a casino, surrounded by beautiful women and winning every poker game he plays. Outside he sees a tall policeman and is able to make him smaller and thus pick on him. After returning to his apartment with Pip and the "dolls" (as Rocky refers to them), Rocky asks to see some of his former friends who have died. Pip says that won't be possible, as this "paradise" is his own private world, and none of the people are real except for Rocky and Pip. Rocky becomes curious as to why he was allowed into Heaven. "I must have done something good that made up for all the other stuff. But what? What did I ever do that was good?" With Pip, he visits the hall of records, but it merely contains a list of his sins. Rocky is puzzled but he decides that if God is okay with him being there, he won't bother worrying. After a month, Rocky becomes thoroughly bored by always having his whims satisfied and predictably winning at anything he attempts. He tells Pip, "If I gotta stay here another day, I'm gonna go nuts! I don't belong in Heaven, see? I want to go to the other place." Pip retorts, "Heaven? Whatever gave you the idea that you were in heaven, Mr. Valentine? This is the other place!!" Pip then begins to laugh as Rocky comes to the realization that he is in Hell and unsuccessfully tries to escape his endless "paradise".

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."

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Old 05-17-2019, 10:32 AM
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I am going to invoke the same stock philosophy analogy here as I did in the Misconception of Foreign Women Thread.
Even though there were 129 views there was only one response from someone else(and I use the term "response" loosely).
Anyways I am going to conclude that there either is no real interest in The Twilight Zone episodes out there and/or that in any event it is not a matter folks want to discuss.
That's fine with me, and I will simply chalk it up as a thread that I started in good faith but for whatever reasons did not work out.
As the old saying foes, "Nothing ventured nothing gained."
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:43 AM
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The new ones suck. Jordan Peele is racist, and has demanded the show follow suit. The original 1959+ TZ show was good. Anne Francis was a babe in the episode 'The After Hours'. The only episode that got to me was 'The Fever' because it had to do with gambling addiction.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:29 AM
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The new ones suck. Jordan Peele is racist, and has demanded the show follow suit. The original 1959+ TZ show was good. Anne Francis was a babe in the episode 'The After Hours'. The only episode that got to me was 'The Fever' because it had to do with gambling addiction.
First of all, thank you for contributing your thoughts about TZ along with the names of episodes you enjoyed and found memorable.
I recall and enjoyed both of those episodes also and remembered the endings so well that when I went on a my watch the old TZ binge a month or so ago in order to watch episodes that I didn't recall or hadn't seen in the first place, I didn't watch the two you cited as I remembered them so well, the same as A Nice Place to Visit, which I cited above.
Also although I didn't watch it during this tz binge(namely because my wife and I watched it within the last year or so), "Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder" was right up there with the best episodes (if not THE best).
As far as the new episodes go, I agree that there is a racist and political tint to them for sure, I still found the plot pretty riveting and captivating even though some of the plots were in effect and to some degree stolen from the original series.
One episode which I enjoyed quite a bit on one hand but on the other found preposterous, silly, too forced and contrived(even for the TZ) was the one where the little boy ran for and became President.
Overall imo as much as I do watching the new TZ or for that matter any programs which delve into lets just say different dimensions, imo the old TZ was/is one of the kind and that no one(certainly not Jordan Peele who overall is tolerable but not much more) will come close to Rod Serling.
One last thing:
After each episode of the new series, I did a search for professional reviews.
Lets just say that in all of the episodes here was a wide divergence of opinion.
If there is any interest here and/or if you are interested, I have several links -one lists one person's personal opinion of the fifty best old TZ episodes and the other lists and rates them from 156 down to number 1.
Also and as I state previously, if one has access to Netflix you can dial up any of the previous episodes from the old series for free other than for Year Four(the hour episodes) which for some reason cost money to access.
Hopefully some more folks will come forth and state their opinions, which could lead to an interesting discussion.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:59 AM
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Although as promised I have removed myself today from the Misconceptions of Foreign Women due to lack of interest and worse uncalled for name calling and insults directed at me and totally non ot comments, I am going to let this thread ride over the weekend until Monday and see if it generates any responses other than the one response other than my own.
If not, I will do what I did with the thread cited above, namely exit and like above, simply conclude that it was a bad judgment on my part POSSIBLY post some other kind of thread topic in the future which people can relate to and which can be discussed in a polite, civil and respectful manner.
Thanks again to the one poster who responded with his opinion and to everyone else who had least took the time to read what was written.

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Old 05-19-2019, 08:35 AM
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I watched the latest episode of the new series last night entitled Point of Origin and have attached a review to give folks with CBS All Access an idea of the kind of stuff you will see in this for lack of better term in the updated version of Twilight Zone.
For those of you who just want a quick take as to what it is about, this episode takes the current hot topic of immigration and illegal aliens and uses it with the issue/twist of immigration from one dimension in time and space to another.
Like a number of other episodes from the new season, this one has political overtones to it.
I enjoyed it for the most part although at times I found it a bit confusing.
Anyways the review follows at the end of this post.
The only other thing worth mentioning is that imo one of the reasons this thread has not caught on(and I blame myself for this), is that when I started this thread, I did not really consider the fact that in many cases many folks because of their relatively young ages have very little knowledge of the first series which began in 1959 and lasted until 1964.
While I myself was a teenager and watched and enjoyed most of these episodes, lot of folks in this forum were not even born yet and/or too young to watch or care to watch them.
The only real chance now to watch the episodes without paying is on the Sy Fy Network which runs many of these reruns continuously over a four day New Years period or to be a Netflix subscriber, which allows you to dial up any of the 156 episodes you want for free(other than the Netflix subscription coast).
The point thus is that imo lots of potential contributors while interested enough to read what this thread is about, cannot really relate to it, which in essence means that the new series has no meaning here or for that matter availability unless of course they have CBS All Access, which by the way costs only $5.95 a month and has a lot of other good programming you cannot on conventional cable.
Anyways here is the review which most importantly states what the latest episode is about as well as giving an inkling/idea as to the thinking in the other episodes.

The Twilight Zone Episode 8 Review: Point of Origin | EPIC Loot Drop

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Old 05-20-2019, 09:32 AM
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First of all I read all of the posts in the several threads which had to do with people not getting paid their winnings so far in the various contests.
I sincerely hope that in time everyone gets paid his due, and of course that Dr. Jack recovers quickly and the same for his family.
I have no stake in this as I have never entered any of these contests and until I read the threads last night did not have any idea of their magnitude.
That said, all of the anger, accusations and bitterness shown reminds me of a very famous episode of the original series of the Twilight Zone entitled The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.
If you have Netflix and/or get the chance to watch this episode(SyFi Network Marathon during July 4th and New Years celebrations are your best bet), I suggest you do so.
I have attached a synopsis to tell what the episode is about(do no read too much of it if you ever have any plans to watch it as the entire plot is revealed).
I am only relating this to give you an idea as to how imo it is similar to what occurred here in this forum last night.
If you don't have the time to read it and/or are not interested, then imo you should at least read Rod Serling's brilliant and so true closing narration.

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street - Wikipedia

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