Twilight Zone Favorites: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:43.1

The Twilight ZoneDespite a trailer that features Santa Claus being shot out of the sky, a stop-motion animated sequence, a baby so stoned that it can crawl on the ceiling, and Neil Patrick Harris insisting he’s straight, we weren’t secure enough in A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS’ genre bona-fides to dedicate an entire episode to it. So instead, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and Dan Persons reached some fifty-years deep into the vault to take a look at a television institution whose credentials are unassailable: Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

Come join Steve, Larry, and Dan as they each pick an episode (all of which are available on Netflix Instant View) to celebrate, compare and contrast, and discover in the selections legendary screenwriters, top-level acting talent, a penchant for creeping paranoia, and the tubbiest alien invaders ever.

Also in this episode: A discussion of the CG animated film PUSS IN BOOTS and Pedro Almodovar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN, both starring Antonio Banderas. Plus: What’s coming in theaters.

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About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

3 Responses to “ Twilight Zone Favorites: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:43.1 ”

  1. So, the whole Twilight Zone series is available on Netflix Instant, huh? Well, now I know how I’m going to be spending the rest of this week! This was a great discussion, and I enjoyed your recommendations. I have a lot of great memories of this series, many of them associated with how old I was and what time of night it was when I saw certain episodes. There are certain episodes that I saw when I was a teenager that aired very late at night that had a profound impact on me — I especially remember The Obsolete Man, The Midnight Sun, and The Shelter because I watched them this way. And I will always remember The Monsters are Due on Maple Street because I read the story in an anthology before I saw the episode.

    There are some episodes that I know are excellent but I’m sick of them because I’ve just seen them too many times – Eye of the Beholder, Nightmare at 20,00 Feet, and (I’m sorry, Dan) The Invaders. I also can’t watch It’s a Good Life, The Dummy, and Living Doll because they still scare the hell out of me.

    Finally, I’d like to recommend several rarely- or never-aired episodes I originally saw on the Treasures of the Twilight Zone set — An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge and The Encounter (both were part of season 5).

  2. “The Encounter” is quite good, and it is available on Instant Viewing, along with “Owl Creek Bridge,” I believe.

  3. A minor correction. In “The Invaders” the ship is not the Bellerophon. We never see the Bellerophon in FORBIDDEN PLANET. The ship we see the United Planets Cruiser C57-D and that was the one that was used in the episode.

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