The Many Lives of the Twilight Zone

twilightzoneWhen most people think of The Twilight Zone  their mind goes right to that iconic image of Rod Serling, offering up his twilight-themed pearls of wisdom in a black and white tinted showcase… There have actually been multiple “revivals” of the show, all of which attempted to capture something of the original while offering up their own unique offerings to viewers. How do each of these The Twilight Zone series compare? Let’s find out!

The Twilight Zone (1959 – 1964)

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The original series was created at a time when many subjects were considered to be off-limits for television–especially for anything considered to be serious, such as primetime dramas. But The Twilight Zone, which was more or less dismissed as science-fiction/fantasy, tackled numerous taboo and controversial subjects, such as mass hysteria, nuclear war, an increasing reliance on technology—just to name a few.

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The first Twilight Zone revival (produced by CBS) relied heavily on adapting existing short stories which lay in the realm of “typical” science-fiction rather than stories with frequent contemporary parallels. In addition to these new scripts, several episodes of the new series were direct remakes of previous Twilight Zone episodes, like Shadow Play and Night of the Meek.

The show’s first season featured episodes which were separated into two 12-15 minute stories which were aired back to back as whole episodes. The show’s second season extended the episode time to an hour, while the third season went back to a half-hour format.

Most episodes were received with a lukewarm reception, but some stand-outs (such as “Dream Me a Life”) did receive critical acclaim.

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This second revival was produced by in 2002 but was cancel after one season due to low ratings. The second modern revival, like the original series, focused much more on contemporary issues such as racism, terrorism, female sexuality, and even more abstract concepts like greed and technology-reliance. There were also a handful of remade versions of original Twilight Zone episodes, such as an update to “The Monsters Are on Maple Street,” which replaces the “alien hysteria” with “terrorist” hysteria.

Some noteworthy episodes include It’s Still a Good Life, a sequel to the original It’s a Good Life; One Night at Mercy, an introspective episode starring Death himself; and Sanctuary, a modern “Adam and Eve” parallel that leaves viewers wondering: “What if?”  Check out these other awesome options for home entertainment right now.

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The A-Team

If there was ever a show that followed a formula until it wore it down into infinity, it was The A-Team.  I liked the show for a long time but once you sit down and watch episode after episode, it’s like, really?  This is happening again?  We did this last episode.  Yeah, it’s fun and all but can we grow a little bit, can we become a little wiser or different or more mature?

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I suppose a show like The A-Team, where a former crack commando team wrongly accused of a crime go on the run and help people in need, appeals to the stupid young man in all of us.  This is not a show that appeals to women.  Not at all.  You’ve got four men, all former military, working together to fight crime and save the innocent, all the while shooting up anything that moves and winking at hot girls, many of which just happen to be the victims they are saving.

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Yeah, a lot of macho guy stuff going on here.  Which is great for a while.  I love seeing Murdoch, the crazy tech guy, arguing with B.A. Baracus, played with reckless energy by Mr. T, who is the team’s mechanic and muscle.  Faceman was the guy that could go undercover, swindle the ladies into anything, and also drive a pretty wicked corvette.

They were led by Colonel Hannibal Smith, played by the character actor George Peppard.  They all worked well together and had strange character traits.  Murdock was crazy and lived in a military insane asylum and much of the early plots revolved around the rest of the guys busting him out so they go do their thing.  And B. A. was deathly afraid of flying.a-team-murdock

But you can only do this so much.  Each episode begins to get repetitive after forty or so missions.  It was a one trick pony.  You know they are going bust Murdock out, B. A. will refused to get on the plane but they drug him, they will build something to defeat the bad guys, usually having to do with their van, etc.  It’s fun for while at least.

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Now you can.  AT&T U-Verse opens up a whole new world and along with the new TV Multi-View feature and the U-Verse Total Home DVR, you can have it all simple and easy as you need, all packed together from one provider.  It has never been faster or cheaper to get going with all the great features that AT&T U-Verse can give you and your family. Find details about AT&T U-verse TV at http://internet.realitytvcalendar.com/att-uverse-tv-packages.html.

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Speaking of multitasking, ever want to watch more than one show at a time?  Why not?  With AT&T U-Verse TV Multiview you can watch four different shows at once.  All on one screen, this unique features lets you follow along with four different shows at one time.  There is a pre-set option, letting you decide which genre or type of show you want, or an option that lets you pick and chose what moves you on any particular day.

With the PiP (picture in picture) mode you can choose a couple, scroll through more, and add to what you are already watching.  With the DVR recording all you watch when you watch it, you will have the chance to pause live TV and watch it later, in case you get too wrapped up in another program.

AT&T U-Verse Total Home DVR is an incredible piece of technology.  With only one DVR per household, you can enjoy TV programming anywhere in your house.  Record up to four separate shows at once and then play on any television set you wish, in any room.  You can store hundreds of hours on one DVR.  All your entertainment needs can be fulfilled in one place.

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