The Twilight Zone: Vol. 2
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Episodes: "Time Enough at Last" (Ep. 8, November 20, 1959) - A bookworm (Burgess Meredith) yearns for more time to read--then a nuclear holocaust leaves him alone in the world with lots of time, plenty to read, and one ironic twist! "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" (Ep. 22, March 4, 1960) - Inexplicable events cause the residents of quiet Maple Street to erupt into rioting. The residents suspect an alien invasion has occurred. If so, where are the alien monsters? "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (Ep. 123, October 11, 1963) - A salesman (William Shatner) recovering from a nervous breakdown spots a gremlin on the wing of his plane. When he attempts to alert the others, his nightmare truly begins! "The Odyssey of Flight 33" (Ep. 54, February 24, 1961) - Flight 33 picks up a peculiar tailwind and is blown off course. After apparently correcting the problem, the flight arrives at its destination--a billion years ahead of schedule!
- Episodes: "Time Enough at Last" (1959, Ep. 8), "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" (1960, Ep. 22), "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (1963, Ep. 123), "The Odyssey of Flight 33" (1961, Ep. 54)
- "Inside The Twilight Zone", including information on Rod Serling, a history of the series, reviews of each episode, cast information and a season-by-season commentary
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Burgess Meredith stars in episode #1 as a bookish bank clerk who can't find time for his passion, reading. The writing is a bit over the top. There's a dominating wife who snatches away his newspaper, a bank president who chastises him--and then there's an H-bomb that destoys the world while the hero is hiding in the bank vault to have some privacy for his passion. When he exits the vault, the world is in shambles, but there are no fires and apparently no radioactive perils. Now the little man has time to read, except...
The second episode is about an alien spacecraft that sweeps across the sky over a middle class street. Lights in houses flicker on and off. Cars won't start and then start mysteriously. A boy says that spacemen may have planted look-alikes among the residents, and they all begin to suspect one another, with violence ensuing. This didactic piece is really about the anti-communist investigations of the cold war, in which people, especially in Hollywood, were all but encouraged to suspect one another of being Reds. Thus, the real damage was not done by the communists but by those who planted the seeds of suspicion and by those who ran around like Chicken Little.
I liked the third episode best. William Shatner, recovering from a nervous breakdown, is on a commercial plane with his wife. Sitting in a seat over the wing, he sees a monstrous figure outside, a figure that no one else can see. When the monster begins to tear up the cowling over the engine, Shatner feels he must do something to save the plane from disaster. The outcome is a very excellent surprise.
Lastly, there is a good story of a jet commercial aircraft that gets lost in time for unexplained reasons. When it descends to land in New York, the city has disappeared and dinosaurs roam the landscape. The pilot takes the aircraft up through the clouds and then descends to try again. He contacts the airport but traffic control can't understand what a jet is or where the plane is from. Flying over Flushing Meadows, the people aboard see the trylon and perisphere of the 1939 World's Fair....
It's too bad that this sort of excellence is missing from today's TV set, with its so-called "reality" shows and dance contests. Twilight Zone made viewers think, and apparently that is too much to ask now. We are fortunate that the old shows were saved and you can see them again--or for the first time.
Episode 8, "Time Enough at Last" (Written by Rod Serling from Lynn Venable's short story, First aired November 20, 1959), stars Burgess Meredith, in what was surely his most recognizable role, plays Henry Bemis, a mild-mannered, myopic bank teller who only wants to read, but can never get away from this shrewish wife and demanding boss. But then Henry has the fortune of being in the bank vault reading a book when the world is destroyed by a nuclear war. Directed by John Brahm, no "Twilight Zone" episode ever backed a more unforgettable ending. I am even more impressed by the fact that this classic was such an early first season episode. Meanwhile, Burgess would appear in three more "Zones," although lightning never struck twice for him.
Episode 22, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street" (Written by Rod Serling, First aired March 4, 1960) finds neighbors turning on each other as unexplained events fuel their fear that human-looking aliens have infiltrated Maple Street (filed on MGM's "Andy Hardy" street). Claude Atkins as Steve Brand and Jack Weston as Charlie head a strong cast that features Anne Barton as Mrs. Brand and Burt Metcalf as Don. Sheldon Allman and William Walsh are the aliens having fun with the human test subjects. This one is an excellent example of a first season morality play from Serling.
Episode 123, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (Written by Richard Matheson based on his short story, First aired October 11, 1963) stars William Shatner as poor Bob Wilson, who has left a sanatorium only to take a plane flight where a gremlin keeps trying to sabotage the engine. Of course nobody believes Bob when he tells them what he sees on the wing of the airplane, and he has to doubt his own sanity. But what if he is right? (a recurring question in the series). "Nightmare" was directed by Richard Donner, who went on to be a film director of some note. Shatner is best remembered for this particular "Zone," but I have to say that I think his "Nick of Time" is even better. The episode was the final chapter of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" in 1983, dircted by George Miller and with John Lithgow in the Shatner role, now renamed John Valentine.
Episode 54, "The Odyssey of Flight 33" (Written by Rod Serling, First aired February 24, 1961) is the only sub-classic episode on this disc. The story is about an airplane that picks up a freak tail wind that sends it back in time. John Anderson as Captain Farver leads the excellent cast that makes this rather far-fetched idea utterly believable. I remember reading once that Serling researched the talk in the cockpit and that it got points with real pilots for being so accurate. Final note: the sequence with the dinosaurs is from Jack Harris' 1961 film "Dinosaurs."
4 gems of the old show.
Nightmare at 20.000 feets, probably one of mst revered and beloved episodes of twilighT, and the most parodied, (in the simpsons treehouse of horror No 8, Johny Bravo, & Tiny Toons i thinks ..and of course the 80's version movie with John Lightowsegment
The others episodes are interesting for example Burgues Merdith performance in "Time enought at last", when i was child and i watched in 1983 the movie Twilight zone, I heard the dialogue between Dan Akroyd & Albert Brooks in the car about favorite episodes and this is one...
I remember when i read another review of the 1st seasen where is included originally this chapter t " The monster are due on maple street" with Claude adkins ( Aldo in planet of the apes last movie / & Sherrif Lobo).. that the aliens that appears in "monsters" were the inspiration behind Kang and the other alien from the Simpsons show.
The other episode about another nightmare with planes that have all the pasengers who travelled around time is interesting
Unfortunaly doesnt have subtittles
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