You are about to enter another recap series. A series not of anime or ponies, but of network television at the start of the twenty-first century. A journey into the early roles of well-known actors today. Next stop, something super cheesy and firmly a product of its time! You are about to enter…
Don’t know what this is? Well it’s something I haven’t seen in a REALLY long time and yet has still left an impression on me. I figure it was time to share the joy (or pain depending on how it holds up) that this show has brought me! But first, we could use a little history lesson.
Portrait of a man who’s amazing hair and clipped speaking pattern somehow changed the world
Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone ran from 1959 to 1964 and is still one of the most important and ingeniously clever television shows of all time. Before Serling got his big break on that series, he was already a legendary writer in television; having been nominated for four Emmys and winning three within a four year period. Still, the idea of a television network investing in a science fiction series was neigh unheard of, and even with Serling’s massive clout it still took some doing before the series made it to television. The show found its audience but was never a huge hit for the network and was cancelled after five seasons. The impact of that show is STILL felt to this very day, and has influenced everyone from Gene Roddenberry, Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick; hell, ANYONE who makes science fiction television and movies owes something to this show and the legacy it left behind. That’s not the show I’m going to recap though.
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