Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 20

Static (10 Mar. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Static (original title)

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An old radio is taking bitter bachelor Ed Lindsay back to a happier time before what he considers worthless tripe on television when he starts picking up radio programs from the 1930's and 1940's.

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Ed Lindsay has been living in the same boarding house for over 20 years and he has become an embittered old man. He doesn't like how the world has changed around him and his crotchety behavior has made him certainly the most disliked man there. When he turns on his old radio however, he gets music from the 1940's on a station that, it turns out, has been off the air for 15 years. There's a reason he hears the music however, a reason a fellow boarder reminds him of. Written by garykmcd

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Around and around she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. All Ed Lindsay knows is that he desperately wanted a second chance, and he finally got it - through a strange and wonderful time machine called a radio - in The Twilight Zone.
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Getting sentimental
24 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Although there isn't much narrative, and a conclusion that doesn't really satisfy, there's a lot I like about this. Ed Lyndsay (Dean Jagger) is an aging man living in a boarding house who finds 1940's shows on his radio. Ed listens to 'Im Getting Sentimental Over You' played by Tommy Dorsey's band and becomes nostalgic. Yet there seems to be no station actually broadcasting the shows he's hearing and reliving so fondly. He comments on TV turning the minds of the other boarders to mush. Very early on this episode shows TV as a dull medium with its cigarette advertising (as a one Mr Rod Serling used to do along with his announcements for the next week) and so many channels with only rubbish on them (even then!). Radio is shown as a more intimate, inspiring, and imaginative medium through Ed's point of view. Another aging boarder Vinnie (Carmen Matthews) becomes concerned with Ed's 1940's radio obsession, and for very personal, emotional reasons.

The message is to live your life to the full and to find yourself and happiness before its too late. I so love the Zone for the universality and timelessness of its meanings.

Now go and tune in to a TV that shows great early 60's sci-fi and get nostalgic.


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