Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone”: 60 years of “shadow and substance”, Part 2…

Part 2: “You’ve just crossed over into…” In “60 Years of Shadow and Substance” Part 1,” I covered seasons 1 through 3 of Rod Serling’s classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone” (1959-1962): https://musingsofamiddleagedgeek.blog/2019/12/04/rod-serlings-the-twilight-zone-60-years-of-shadow-and-substance-part-1/ For Part 2, I’m going to discuss “The Twilight Zone” seasons 4 and 5 (1963-4), and and a little about how the…

Twilight Zone S1.8: “Point of Origin” makes a slightly muddled point…

****SPOILERS!**** The Story. Eve Martin (Ginnifer Goodwin) is the walking/talking cliche of a privileged, upper-middle class suburban wife/mother. During our introduction to her, she is planning a big PTA mixer in her mansion-esque home in what looks like a Tim Burton vision of 1950s Connecticut. Eve’s longtime housekeeper Anna (Zebrena Guevara), a Guatemalan immigrant, humbly…

The Twilight Zone, S1.7: “Not All Men” addresses toxic masculinity…

****SPOILERS!**** The Story. Annie Miller (Taisa Farmiga) is a promising young newbie in a lab office. We see her tackling new projects with zeal, despite a lack of self-confidence. She’s invited by coworker Dylan (Luke Kirby) for lobsters, drinks and watching the Perseid meteor shower from his backyard later that evening. She semi-reluctantly accepts. The…

The Twilight Zone’s “Six Degrees of Freedom” fails to fly…

****SOME SPOILERS**** A near-future mission to Mars, sponsored by the “Whipple” company is on the launchpad and ready to take off for the red planet. With less than a few minutes to launch, the crew, led by Commander Alexa Brandt (DeWanda Wise) gets word from Flight Control that incoming North Korean missiles have hit the…

The Twilight Zone, S1.5: “Wunderkind” is not a hole in one…

****THE SPOILER ZONE!**** ~ sigh~ I need to preface this by saying that few people were more excited for Jordan Peele’s new version of “The Twilight Zone” than myself. The original TZ was my first television love (even before Star Trek), and I am also a huge fan of Peele’s “Get Out” (2017) and “Us”…

“The Twilight Zone” realizes its potential with “Replay”…

Jordan Peele’s newest incarnation of Rod Serling’s classic TV series “The Twilight Zone” got off to an uneven start last week with a two episode debut. The first was a solid offering (“The Comedian”) and the second was a haphazard mess (a miscalculated reimagining of the classic “Nightmare at 20,000 [30,000] Feet”). This week’s entry,…

Jordan Peele’s first two entries into “The Twilight Zone”…

Debuting auspiciously on April Fool’s Day, Jordan Peele’s take on the classic TV series “The Twilight Zone” has arrived on CBS-All Access streaming service. Peele is part of the sketch comedy duo of “Key & Peele” as well as the talented suspense filmmaker behind the Oscar-winning “Get Out” (2017) and the recent “Us” (2017), both…