The year is 2018, and 59 years after the original season aired, I’m watching this entire series.
I’ve always been a fan of strange stories, odd happenings without reasonable explanation, bizarre things. When I was a little girl I remember watching what felt like the same 10 or so episodes of The Twilight Zone on the SciFi channel (now Syfy…ugh). I loved the sound of Rod Serling’s voice, I loved the predictable yet scary stories, loved the whole thing. So a few weeks ago I was tickled to discover 5 seasons of this show on Netflix.
If you’re a fan of shows like Black Mirror with all these not so distant future technology horror stories, you’ll love The Twilight Zone. It’s always fun to speculate on how people will act and how technology will change in the future, but it’s equally fun to look back at how people first reacted to seemingly basic technology when it first appeared. I also really love the seemingly constant themes: dangers of space travel, unexplained war mysteries, new technology, and then your run of the mill spooky things like haunted machines and people with strange powers.
Another really fun thing is recognizing actors from the late 50s and 60s showing up when you least expect it. I know I lost it a little when Darren from Bewitched AND his boss both showed up in season one! And with these episodes averaging less than 30 minutes, it’s great to just kick back and get in some chain piecing while Rod Serling introduces a new character as “James Harrison, age 34” and you’re like “Rod don’t lie to me- that man is 57!” And if you feel like you’re going to start watching and see the same old episodes that you’ve seen a thousand times, trust me, I’ve only recognized maybe 2 episodes this whole time and I’ve just gotten into season 2, which, the first season is something like 30 episodes.
So right now I’m making a lot of the same things over and over, preparing to make some really cute subscription boxes (coming next month omg! Post coming soon!) so it is really great to sit back, turn on the ole Netflix machine, and get a nice little 😮 out of a 25-30 minute show. I also enjoy telling Al “I think they’re going to the Twilight Zone.” I also wish that Rod Serling would pop up at some point and tell me that I’m in the Twilight Zone, so I could make a little more sense of the world we’re in today.
This is an oldie but a goodie, please go check out the Twilight Zone!! Until next time, happy sewing!