The Twilight Zone: A Classic Series. What was your favorite?


1959 Series Logo

1959 Series Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 (with shadow on pink bkgrd)

Rod Serling (with shadow on pink bkgrd) (Photo credit: csc1950)

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The Hunger Games leaves me craving for more


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53:366(Y2) - The Hunger Games (Photo credit: Nomadic Lass)

If you like reality shows, good-looking teenagers killing each other, and Lenny Kravitz ―he doesn’t sing but exudes sex appeal― in a minor role, “The Hunger Games” is for you. Donald Sutherland does a great job playing the bad guy.

I went to see this movie, not knowing what to expect. the movie takes place in the future in a place called Panem. There has been some cataclysmic even that destroyed much of North America. Our heroine, Katness Aberdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) lives in District 12 which is the old Appalachia. There are dirty miners coming home from work, ramshackle houses, and a gate that keeps everyone inside.

Our main character is a strong 16-year old teenage girl. She’s a little rough around the edges, but you know she’s downright beautiful, smart, and courageous. She’s brave enough to go under the  fence that is supposed to keep everyone in their own district. She has the admiration of a very good-looking male teenager who is her friend. Katness is really good with her bow and arrow and hunts wild game to keep her family going. (This is against the law).

The way this new civilization keeps the peace is by having “Hunger Games” every year.  There are 12 districts, and the civilization is being punished for a rebellion in which a 13 th district was destroyed. Each district picks two volunteers, a boy and a girl, to fight it out in the city. Only one can be a winner.

The rest of the movie takes place in the wealthy capital where the contestants get makeovers, stay in plush surroundings and finally fight it out. They place tracking devices inside the contestants so everyone can watch the killing on TV.

I won’t tell you who wins. You’ll have to figure that one out by seeing the movie. There is a unique twist, one you wouldn’t expect.

It’s not so far from today’s society where people watch other people’s lives on TV to get a vicarious thrill. I’m talking about the Reality shows that are not really reality, but are orchestrated.  (Not to mention how we’re all needy and watch “news” 24 hours a day.)

This movie has everything you need to hold your interest: a good plot, romance, good acting, excitement, good-looking kids and it keeps you guessing about what is going to happen next.

Unfortunately, it leaves you hanging a little. I guess that’s because they’re coming up with another movie next November.

The only thing I questioned was parents bringing their kids to see this? Wouldn’t this scare them, or are we so used to violence that this is no big deal?  It is PG13, but I saw children much younger than this at the movie.

What’s your opinion?

Do you think people should bring their young children to this movie?

I’m not sure on how far we can go with subject matter without being offended? I guess I was, just a little.

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