Twilight Zone

Stephanie Kupiec ’17
Contributing Writer

Winter is drawing near. A cold, eerie mist shrouds the campus, and black puddles glaze the blacktop roads, illuminated by the occasional streetlamp. The chill keeps you indoors and the midnight winds howl as winter’s storms rumble overhead. There is no escaping the frozen stillness of winter; you may as well transport yourself to another dimension. You may as well enter The Twilight Zone.

The Twilight Zone – a forgotten realm of fantasy, mystery and, most importantly, suspense. Rod Serling and his cast of extraordinary characters will carry your imagination out of Smith College and trap you in a world full of the bizarre and unexplained. Premiering on television in 1959, The Twilight Zone continues to rapture sci-fi lovers with endless tales from the weird and inexplicable enigmas where “The Twilight Zone” exists. Everyone knows the famous airplane scene (you know, where the gorilla-looking thing is on the wing of the airplane and only that one guy can see him), but do you know the captivating yet melancholic tale of Mr. Lou Bookman, the sidewalk pitchman confronted by Death himself? Do you know who the real monsters on Maple Street are?

Sarah Liggera ’17, a first-time viewer of The Twilight Zone, was quite impressed by the show. They said, “I am struck by [the] raw ability of the actors. The production of old-time shows depends so much on the capability of the cast and crew, whereas today I feel, because of the flashy effects of modern-day technology and graphics, [that] the actors’ talents are less stressed. I would compare American Horror Story with The Twilight Zone. The former is scary because of what the camera can do to distort your senses, and the latter’s terror comes from the writing and the ability of the cast to capture unsettling moments.”

According to the website of well-known television network SyFy, Serling was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and began his writing career while attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he earned a degree in language and literature. Serling initially won fame by writing for Playhouse 90, a CBS series that featured 90-minute dramas. However, in 1957, Serling shocked his fans by ditching his former employers to begin his own series: The Twilight Zone. In all, CBS aired 156 episodes of The Twilight Zone, 92 of which were written by Serling himself. The series won Serling two Emmy Awards and has become a celebrated classic of American pop culture. If you would like to experience Serling’s masterpiece for yourself, just hop on your Netflix account and load any of the episodes. Serling will greet you with his own voice (he narrated the show as well) and you will leave feeling a little more grateful to be indoors, in the safety of your house … if you leave at all. Other Smithies on campus will be sure to tell you that if you haven’t experienced the supernatural wonder that is The Twilight Zone, you are indeed missing out on an American horror era.

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