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  •  Serling was a big-time liberal (8+ / 0-)

    As anyone who's seen his work would know and not just his Zone work. Think of Seven Days in May, the John Frankenheimer thriller he scripted which chillingly shows the plausibility of a potential right-wing millitary coup in the country. Or The Man, his last feature-length script, with James Earl Jones as a black man who accidentally ascends to the Presidency through tragedy and has to fight for his legitimacy. Or even Planet of the Apes.

    Indeed, Serling created Zone as a way to get his social and political messages past the censors by dressing them up in the guise of fantasy/sci-fi/horror. As he put it once, if he did a political drama, it'd get censored up the wazoo, but if he did it under the guise of a sci-fi tale with a Senate peopled by robots, the censors would think it was just a silly little story and ignore it. And he pulled it off brilliantly.

    •  Right on, (2+ / 0-)
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      May today be greater than yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both! Go Ravens!

      by secret38b on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:18:57 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for this. (4+ / 0-)

      Though I quit cable about a year ago, I do have Twilight Zone at Amazon Prime. I was just about to run over and start my own marathon when you posted. I'll bet some of these are available there. Maybe even at archive.org for free.

      I was a kid when it was on ('58-'63), and my dad was an active Eisenhower Republican. He never objected to the politics, because I think it reflected somewhat the prevailing worldview about goodness and badness. At least in our house.

      Sad how the world has changed since then, but WTF! Happy new year, anyway!!

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 06:25:25 PM PST

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      •  You can also check Youtube. (1+ / 0-)
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        There's a lot of episodes on there if you look. I think Hulu might have them too, or the CBS webpage. There's lots of options.

        I'd also suggest checking out both the 1980s and 2002 revivals of the show. Neither are in Serling's league, but both have some great episodes. In particular from the 80s show I'd suggest the Harlan Ellison-scripted "Paladin of the Lost Hour," which has Danny Kaye (in his final performance) as an old man who guards a time piece that contains existence's last hour and must pass it on to a guilt-ridden Vietnam vet (Glynn Turmann). Very moving.

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