Ever since Netflix introduced their Instant Watch feature, there have been a handful of things I have routinely checked for, waiting for them to be there for my viewing pleasure. All of the episodes of Fantasy Island, the Simpsons, assorted old movies, and the Twilight Zone. Well, they’ve finally heard my prayers and have decided to throw me a bone in the form of Twilight Zone. I couldn’t be more pleased.
I assume that most of our readers – heck – most people with active Netflix accounts, probably have also been searching daily on whether or not the Twilight Zone is available yet – so everyone already knows that they should be watching it and not reading this. However, there is a chance that maybe you weren’t aware that it is up for viewing. If you weren’t, then you are welcome. Gone are the days of getting excited to see Twilight Zone on the teevee guide, only to find that it is the terrible series from the 1980s or 1990s. We no longer have to wait for the holiday Twilight Zone Marathons that are on certain stations. That’s right. Every day can be a holiday marathon for us. EVERY DAY. I insist.
For those of you somehow not in the know.. Maybe you are too young to know the Twilight Zone (is that possible?) Or maybe you were too SKEERED to ever try it out, you big chicken bok bok BOK BOK bok! So, all of you three people who are reading this and just are wondering why I am so jazzed about this classic old television program that you might suspect is extremely out of date and/or unbearable to watch because it is in black and white or something, let me just tell you a thing or two. Let me learn ya some things, kid.
One: It does not matter the setting, the style, the delivery (all though all of these things are wonderful and perfect), it just so happens that the plots of the stories are almost always profound and timeless. Each half hour episode packs a punch and you are frequently left feeling a little changed. You think a little differently. Sort of. Well, maybe you will.
Here is a little youtube of Rod Serling and Jack Benny in a skit parodying the Twilight Zone! It will help get you in the mood. Haha just kidding, you were born already in the mood for Twilight Zone.
Two: Some of them are a little scary, but more often they are sort of suspenseful I guess. So don’t go into it thinking you will have to resist a fright. Or thinking that you need to scoff at how scary things were not! It’s just not that sort of show. If anything, there is psychological scare going on. Maybe things are bizarre and make you question yourself. Maybe reread my first point again so that I don’t fall into the old trap of repeating myself.
Three: Rod Serling is just the best guy that ever was. I am not sure why or how I love him so much. It can’t just be his manner of speaking, or what it was that he was saying, or the stories he wrote, or the constant cigarette or the way he looked and dressed or his permanent dimples. It can’t JUST be those things… but there is something about him that made him into an icon. One of the first trips in my time machine will be to visit Rod Serling… in the Twilight Zone.
So I guess he really was like that all the time even when he was being silly. What a wonderful man. <3
Ugh why am I still writing this? I need to go watch more episodes! Time’s a-wastin’!!
Amanda lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a complete hermit in many respects, so if you find her out-of-doors, consider yourself lucky, Bucko!
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