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The Twilight Zone: Why It Is Timeless

Lee Ann Taylor

Back in June, I wrote about Rod Serlings last Twilight Zone script being turned into a tv event with J.J. Abrams in the director’s chair (refresh your memory here). Now comes word that a new Twilight Zone movie is in the works with Tron Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski at the helm.

Why is the Twilight Zone so enduring? After watching the episodes countless times (it’s on every weekend), I have figured out it’s because Rod Serling’s vision was simple: portray timeless moral dilemmas. Really. that’s it.

Death was a popular topic for Serling. Realizing we are only a speck in the universe was another. One of my favorites was people in episode being made to look the same. Not one thing could be different and if it was, you were “remade” into one of three looks.

Another reason Serling’s epic series is timeless is because, it is pure genius that many other directors and creators strive to rise to. It isn’t going to happen, because it’s already been done at its best, but they can strive!

The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling, in my estimation, aren’t celebrated here enough. Picture a “Twilight Zone Con” here in Binghamton. It’s just a thought.

 

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