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The Twilight Zone (1959)
This series NEVER GETS OLD!!!!
About every year around this time. I pull out my copy of The Twilight Zone. It astounds me, that to this day. No other TV show lives up to the measures of standard over 50 years later then this show does. Rod didn't have much in the way of a budget then like TV shows do today with High Definition, and fine picture quality. And, yet the stories that are told, are done VERY well, and with the quality that we just do not see today on modern television. With the plague of reality TV, I fear there is not enough imagination anymore. Very few shows live up to what The Twilight Zone does. It is the measure at which all other TV shows should live by, and achieve. Sadly, this has not happened.
However, THANK GOD we still have film, and thank GOD the episodes, although dated pictorially. Still are very relevant in its ideas, and its creativity. For the younger generation (I discovered this series when I was about 11 years old in the 80's) if you want to see how good Television can REALLY be. Watch a few of these episodes. Episodes like "The Obsolete Man" And "The Eye Of The Beholder" are just to name a few. Episodes that address issues that we face even today, and will more then likely face in another 50 years time. Excellent television, at a time when TV was still relatively young. And, the sad fact is. TV has not continued to achieve the high standards as it was once expected during the time of the filming of The Twlight Zone.
I just watched this episode today. And, it seems as though every time I watch it. I get chills. The ones that are saying this episode is too preachy. You maybe right to a degree. However, this episode makes a powerful, and chilling statement.
Some who commented above said that he "Used" to think that this episode was preachy. But, no more. If you look around, especially with the Obama administration. We are seeing more, and more government control. And, the American people just seem to give in today. All, in the name of safety. And, also in the name of anit piracy. Obama wants to pass a law. That would give law enforcement the power to come in to your home without a warrent. And, confiscate computers that are suspected to hold illegal copywritten material. No, search warrant, only if they suspect that you have such material If this isn't' a form of nearly total government control. I don't know what is. And, no offense to the ones who say this episode is "Preachy". But, if I had any complaints whatsoever. it would be that maybe this episode wasn't preachy enough. Given, the fact that we are, where we are today. And, someone in the above post. Also illuded that perhaps this was a slam against Democrats. I disagree. I believe that Rod was say that any for of government can be like this. Rebuplicans, and Democrats a like.
To, those who haven't seen it. Strap in, and be ready for an intellectual ride. In my view, this episode is by far my favorite.