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Post by CorwoodRep » 08 May 2012, 9:44pm

I'm partial to The Hitch-Hiker for its proto M. Knight Shamyamyalylan plot and its atmosphere (a nighttime road trip through Malibu Canyon with creepy diners and ghosttown gas stations is just fun to look at). But I like the Elizabeth Montgomery post-apocalyptic one a lot just because Montgomery looks drop-dead sexy in it. Not a good episode at all, but it's cool seeing two pro actors just walking through a crumbling old Hollywood backlot.
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Post by daredevil » 08 May 2012, 9:48pm

Hard choice for me, I love the Twightlight Zone.
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Post by daredevil » 08 May 2012, 9:49pm

Kaleb wrote:I'm partial to The Hitch-Hiker for its proto M. Knight Shamyamyalylan plot and its atmosphere (a nighttime road trip through Malibu Canyon with creepy diners and ghosttown gas stations is just fun to look at). But I like the Elizabeth Montgomery post-apocalyptic one a lot just because Montgomery looks drop-dead sexy in it. Not a good episode at all, but it's cool seeing two pro actors just walking through a crumbling old Hollywood backlot.

That's a good one, it co-starred Charles Bronson.

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Post by Flex » 08 May 2012, 9:52pm

Without thinking about it more deeply, I'm not going to definitely pull the trigger on it, but "The Monsters are due on Maple Street" ranks as one of the great moments of science fiction television, easy.
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Post by matedog » 09 May 2012, 12:27am

Flex wrote:Without thinking about it more deeply, I'm not going to definitely pull the trigger on it, but "The Monsters are due on Maple Street" ranks as one of the great moments of science fiction television, easy.
My 7th grade history teacher made us watch that in class. He was a great teacher.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 09 May 2012, 6:21am

Most of the obvious ones that deserve their reputations—Maple Street, To Serve Man, It's a Good Life, Eye of the Beholder—but a few personal favourites include The Rip Van Winkle Caper, Shadow Play, The Obsolete Man, and especially Mirror Image.
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Post by modskin » 09 May 2012, 9:26am

I like the one where a gang of bank robbers steal a shit-ton of gold bars, then hibernate in these glass coffins for like a hundred years or something so that they'd be forgotten about.

Couple of the guys get cracks in their glass coffins and die. 2 survive and have to walk out of the desert cave where they were hiding.

One of the guys has water, the other is carrying gold. Figure out the rest.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 09 May 2012, 9:39am

modskin wrote:I like the one where a gang of bank robbers steal a shit-ton of gold bars, then hibernate in these glass coffins for like a hundred years or something so that they'd be forgotten about.

Couple of the guys get cracks in their glass coffins and die. 2 survive and have to walk out of the desert cave where they were hiding.

One of the guys has water, the other is carrying gold. Figure out the rest.
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Post by modskin » 09 May 2012, 9:53am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
modskin wrote:I like the one where a gang of bank robbers steal a shit-ton of gold bars, then hibernate in these glass coffins for like a hundred years or something so that they'd be forgotten about.

Couple of the guys get cracks in their glass coffins and die. 2 survive and have to walk out of the desert cave where they were hiding.

One of the guys has water, the other is carrying gold. Figure out the rest.
That's The Rip Van Winkle Caper.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 09 May 2012, 10:11am

modskin wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:
modskin wrote:I like the one where a gang of bank robbers steal a shit-ton of gold bars, then hibernate in these glass coffins for like a hundred years or something so that they'd be forgotten about.

Couple of the guys get cracks in their glass coffins and die. 2 survive and have to walk out of the desert cave where they were hiding.

One of the guys has water, the other is carrying gold. Figure out the rest.
That's The Rip Van Winkle Caper.
Ah-hah.

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Post by matedog » 09 May 2012, 10:21am

"It's a Good Life" is great cause it's so fucking dark. I didn't watch "Walking Distance" until the last year or so, but that's also excellent and very different in theme and tone than other episodes.
Look, you have to establish context for these things. And I maintain that unless you appreciate the Fall of Constantinople, the Great Fire of London, and Mickey Mantle's fatalist alcoholism, live Freddy makes no sense. If you want to half-ass it, fine, go call Simon Schama to do the appendix.

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 09 May 2012, 10:34am

In general, anything written by Charles Beaumont was superb. If you can hunt down the collection of his short fiction, The Howling Man (which includes a lot of stuff that was turned into TZ eps), do it.
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Post by tepista » 09 May 2012, 11:42am

unlike Burgess Meredith, I don't have "time" to comment properly on this thread. I'll be back later.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 09 May 2012, 11:53am

Pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but I really don't like "Time Enough At Last." It's a wholly mean-spirited, unjust story. Burgess Meredith is a decent guy, whose chief failing is that he loves to read. More than anything else. He's surrounded by assholes who pick on him because of this. Then, huzzah, the world is wiped out and he can read all he wants. And his glasses break. What did he do to deserve that? A frequent theme of TZ is that assholes get their comeuppance in the end. But BM wasn't a bad guy, yet even when he gets a chance to live his life free from assholes, he gets fucked over. One can appreciate the twist, I guess, but it's still really fucking cruel.
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Post by Heston » 09 May 2012, 11:58am

Any love for the 1983 movie? I loved it as a kid.
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