Welcome to Retro Time. In this blog, I’ll be covering topics related to film and television from past decades. These won’t be reviews, but rather a selection of memories, thoughts, and ideas designed to spark a little nostalgia and maybe inspire a conversation or two. Spoilers will likely come up, so please keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, and if you have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to chime in. I’d love to get your feedback. Now, let’s get ready to take a look back…
The Twilight Zone
Lists seem to be all the rage these days so I figured it was high time that I chimed in with one of my own. When looking for a subject to cover, the choice was obvious. The Twilight Zone has always had a special place in my memory. A local syndication channel used to play late night reruns when I was a kid and I can remember staying up on non-school nights to watch them. Often I was by myself, the lights turned down, watching as the opening images combined with Bernard Herrmann’s iconic theme to set the mood for the creepy tale to come.
For me, the zone was like the TV equivalent of a campfire ghost story. You know the kind, where a wily camp counselor or tale-spinning uncle sits there with a flashlight under his chin breaking out a bizarre yarn that you eat up right along with your horribly charred marshmallows. Maybe it was the bleakness of the black and white imagery combined with the lateness of the hour that made me feel that way. Whatever the case, these pieces of pure television gold will always shine a flashlight-sized spotlight on the dark corners of my TV-viewing memory.
So let’s get to it. This will not be a top five list. There are too many good ones for me to pick a top five. Instead, I’m just going with five random eps that I felt like talking about. Here they are in no particular order. Continue reading