If you’re a baby boomer, or older, you remember the old Twilight Zone series. It was great writing, and acting. Most of them even hold up today. It was a lot more subtle than the scary stuff of today. Like vampires, vampires, and more vampires.
I enjoyed the twist in the stories. It seems like Rod Serling, the producer, was trying to tell us what was important by scaring us to death. I’ll still watch the old series on the Sci-fi channel. Rarely, do I find one I haven’t really seen before. When I do, I am delighted!
One Twilight Zone episode I particularly remember is one where a man dies and he thinks he goes to heaven. He gets all the girls he wants, wins at gambling, and gets everything he ever wanted in life.
What do you think happens?
If you ever saw that episode you remember that he is bored. Life isn’t fun anymore.
Guess where he is?
That’s right. He’s not in heaven. He’s in Hell.
That particular episode starred Sebastian Cabot as the devil! I guess I remember it distinctly because I was a little girl when I saw it, and his laugh scared the Hell out of me! I was only about 8, and up after hours.
But, I thought about it when I didn’t get something I wanted. If life was always easy, it wouldn’t be any fun. I know that’s hard to believe, but I think it’s true.
What’s your favorite old Twilight Zone episode, or science fiction episode, and what did you learn from it?
- Rod Serling: Are writers born or made? (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- New Writer Heads into The Twilight Zone (dreadcentral.com)