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2012-08-05 04:59:20 PM
Your Average Witty Fark User: DrMcNinja: I didn't see any Twilight Zone episodes, I saw a bunch of color television garbage.

What I learned from TFA is that the color version sucks, and the black and white will always be superior.

/I already knew this


Which isn't true.

Twilight Zone '85 had some decent stories and writers. It was just handled horribly by CBS, and the shiattiness of the third season drags down the rest of the run. Plus, if you see it in Syndication, it suffers from Night Gallery syndrome... they chopped the hourlong episodes up so they could fit in a half hour slot, so large chunks of story are either padded out or missing.
 
2012-08-05 05:06:51 PM
FirstNationalBastard: NeoCortex42: Revived Twilight Zone wasn't great. The re-revived Twilight Zone on UPN was terrible.

With the great DVD/Blu-ray releases of the original Twilight Zone that have come out, how come Night Gallery can't get any respect?

All three seasons are out on DVD.

Universal even took some remaining segments that were syndication-only (or something like that) and compiled them into a "new" episode so that fans couldn't say that every NG segment hadn't been released.

I don't know what more you would want.


Well, I stand corrected. I didn't notice that they finally released the third season earlier this year. One season every four years is a bit much, but at least it's finally all released. Thanks for pointing it out.
 
2012-08-05 05:09:47 PM
peeweechrist: Perhaps the most confounding thing about this list is why would anybody watch a Twilight Zone reboot?

/OTZ
//Original Twilight Zone


There's nothing inherently wrong with the TZ remakes. It's not like the original, while innovative at the time, was all that profound.
 
2012-08-05 05:17:00 PM
FirstNationalBastard: Your Average Witty Fark User: DrMcNinja: I didn't see any Twilight Zone episodes, I saw a bunch of color television garbage.

What I learned from TFA is that the color version sucks, and the black and white will always be superior.

/I already knew this

Which isn't true.

Twilight Zone '85 had some decent stories and writers. It was just handled horribly by CBS, and the shiattiness of the third season drags down the rest of the run. Plus, if you see it in Syndication, it suffers from Night Gallery syndrome... they chopped the hourlong episodes up so they could fit in a half hour slot, so large chunks of story are either padded out or missing.


It's even worse when their show in syndication and one 15 minute story is stretched out for a half hour.
 
2012-08-05 06:02:14 PM
I loved the original and 1985 series. I couldn't get into the 2002 ones though.
 
2012-08-05 06:11:05 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Your Average Witty Fark User: DrMcNinja: I didn't see any Twilight Zone episodes, I saw a bunch of color television garbage.

What I learned from TFA is that the color version sucks, and the black and white will always be superior.

/I already knew this

Which isn't true.

Twilight Zone '85 had some decent stories and writers. It was just handled horribly by CBS, and the shiattiness of the third season drags down the rest of the run. Plus, if you see it in Syndication, it suffers from Night Gallery syndrome... they chopped the hourlong episodes up so they could fit in a half hour slot, so large chunks of story are either padded out or missing.


I would disagree. I'm fond of the original, myself. But that's just one guy's opinion.
 
2012-08-05 06:11:59 PM

peeweechrist: why would anybody watch a Twilight Zone reboot?


Anthology structure TV with one-off characters and ideas is a good format. Gives TV cast and crew hopefuls an alternative place to sling their wares instead of always playing the huge lottery of serial/sitcom TV spots.

As a viewing experience it's good because the idea/twist takes preference over formula or a particular actor's personality cult.

But generally, audiences like becoming familiar with characters over time more than they like hitting reset every show. TZ was always basically short stories for TV, and that structure is kind of dated now. The original's great, but I think you can also attribute much of its cult success to the fact that it was first broadcast during the paranoia-era cold war.
 
2012-08-05 06:33:50 PM

Mugato: peeweechrist: Perhaps the most confounding thing about this list is why would anybody watch a Twilight Zone reboot?

/OTZ
//Original Twilight Zone

There's nothing inherently wrong with the TZ remakes. It's not like the original, while innovative at the time, was all that profound.


In fact, it was pretty schmaltzsy at times, and Serling himself wrote some of the worst. I say this as a huge TZ fan. No problem with new Twilight Zones or anthology sci-fi/horror series.
 
2012-08-05 06:39:15 PM

Fano: Mugato: peeweechrist: Perhaps the most confounding thing about this list is why would anybody watch a Twilight Zone reboot?

/OTZ
//Original Twilight Zone

There's nothing inherently wrong with the TZ remakes. It's not like the original, while innovative at the time, was all that profound.

In fact, it was pretty schmaltzsy at times, and Serling himself wrote some of the worst. I say this as a huge TZ fan. No problem with new Twilight Zones or anthology sci-fi/horror series.


The original TZ was about a third magnificent, a third decent, and a third crap.

It's just that the greatness of Time Enough at Last, Eye of the Beholder, or It's A Good Life is enough to make you forget about Mr. Bevis, Mr. Dingle the Strong, or Cavender is Coming.

/and the hourlong fourth season was mostly forgettable. There were a few good episodes, and one with Julie Newmar. But everything else was just there.
 
2012-08-05 07:27:07 PM

Gergesa: I don't recall the exact plot details but there was an episode with George Takai that made an impression on me when I was younger. It was also a very controversial episode in that it tried to cover the relationship between Japan and America. If I remember correctly both men were caught up in a desire for revenge and both wound up dead from that desire.


The Encounter
 
2012-08-05 07:41:33 PM
The Elevator is the only one that I remember (prior to reading this anyway) from the 1985 series. I thought it was awesome. I didn't watch the clip, though, because I don't want to fark up my memories of it. I don't even recall the bit about it recalling their childhood.. but I definitely remember the elevator going up (not down as he says??) and then someone yells SPIDER!!!! screams, and blood drips to the lower floor. The end.

Now, reading through it.. I don't think I saw Placebo Effect, but it's definitely another version of the "anything the kid imagines comes true" thing, which was also used in the original series, and in the movie.

I only saw one episode of the 2002 series, and that was about the guy with the tape recorder (lol) that can rewind time for everyone but the person holding it. Great episode, I think it's also a remake of one of the originals.

I can't really comment on any of the other things. They seem mostly ok to me, though.
 
2012-08-05 07:46:31 PM

Nickster79: There are only two modern Twilght Zone eps that hold up along side the classics:


Dealer's Choice starring Morgan Freeman and bunch of other good actors playing a card game with the devil.

Gramma, the adaptation of Stephen King's story of the same name that scared the absolute piss out of me as a kid.


ooooh I remember Gramma now, too. Good one.

Also reminds me of a TV movie that was on about the same time frame perhaps, involving a couple of teenage magic-using or psionic types, who in their death throes, could pass themselves into another body, if that person touched them before they were dead dead. Wish I could remember the name of that movie.
 
2012-08-05 07:49:48 PM

GloomCookie613: *slow clap*

That was lovely.


*tips hat*

Much appreciated - have a good one!
 
2012-08-05 08:30:55 PM
The mid-90's Outer Limits run was better than any of the Twilight Zone remakes.

Forest Whitaker didn't even help.
 
2012-08-06 01:58:41 AM
For the record, "Need to Know" not only kicked ass, it is the most congruent episode with my twisted sense of humor.

/come here, I'll tell you a secret
 
2012-08-06 02:30:59 AM
They're all in color, your argument is invalid.
 
2012-08-06 07:43:33 AM

erewhon: For the record, "Need to Know" not only kicked ass, it is the most congruent episode with my twisted sense of humor.

/come here, I'll tell you a secret



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AHHHHHH HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA
HAAAAAAAAA AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!
 
2012-08-06 09:00:10 AM
A better title for the article would of been Top 10 episodes of the Twilight Zone (1985). Cause none of those episodes can beat any of the original Twilight Zone series.
 
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