The Twilight Zone and all the images you see in this recap are owned by Warner Bros Television and based on the series created by Rod Serling
Episode directed by Deran Sarafian
We’re back with another episode of The Twilight Zone Saga: New Millennium, and boy do we have something new for you all today! This episode is unlike any other we’ve seen so far as it is a… wait for it… COMEDY!! That’s right! Not an unintended comedy like that one about the guitar or watching Katherine Heigl try to kill baby Hitler! This one wants you to chuckle right along with it instead of directly at it! Does this series know how to loosen up and have a genuine sense of wit about itself? Let’s find out!!
The episode begins with what might be the most attended office birthday party that wasn’t catered as everyone and their mother apparently left their stations to go to a cubicle and sing For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow. Wait, what? Is the birthday song copyrighted or something? Hold on.
HOLY CRAP, IT IS!! Apparently that song has had some sort of copyright on it since 1935 with Warner/Chappell music acquiring a company that claimed to have owned it back in 1985 and have been collecting royalties on it since! That is until 2016 when a court ordered that their copyright was not valid for reasons that I’ve only skimmed now and will surely take up an afternoon of your time if you wish to look into it, and Warner/Chappell is required to refund the royalties they’ve collected for it. Darn you, Warner Bros television! If you had stuck to your guns and used the CORRECT song, you would be getting your seven hundred bucks back anyway! Who looks like a fool now, Warner Bros Television? Who looks like a fool now?
Did I really take this recap completely off the rails because of the Birthday Song? Let’s see if we can somehow get back on track. So anyway, the cubicle in question belongs to Charlie (Wallace Langham) who is one of many office drones in this building that does… stuff, and is having a rather joyous little celebration at his desk complete with trick candle on his cupcake, but all that comes to a SCREECHING halt as soon as The Boss (Christopher McDonald) comes through and tells everyone to get back to work; something they do with great gusto and more than recommend amount of abject terror. The Boss by the way looks like a cross between Thomas Haden Church, Clancy Brown and Biff from Back to the Future, so it’s no wonder everyone is terrified of him! Oh but he can’t be ALL bad, right? After all, he got Charlie a gift for his birthday which is some sort of dime store talking statute called Mr. Motivation who spouts useless buzzwords and aphorisms whenever you bop it on its little bobble head. Just the pick me up Charlie is gonna need of since The Boss follows up this magnanimous gesture with a neigh impossible task and his job security as the sword of Damocles hanging over his head. He needs to pull up basically all documentation over the last several months (hard copies no less), and search for any that contain the name of a specific product their developing. If he can find whatever vaguely sinister thing The Boss is looking for, he gets a promotion. If not, well… at least the economy in 2002 is better than it is now but it would STILL be a pain in the butt.