• Re: Twilight Zone, Anyone

    From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to OGG on Tuesday, December 08, 2020 13:30:00
    The Night Gallery had some very dark and creepy stories - but
    I didn't get a chance to see all of them. Might be time to
    see if I can find it and watch a few of them again.

    The syndicated version of Night Gallery is only 1/2 hour long. The original was an hour and usually included at least 2-3 stories. In order to cut the show into 30 minute episodes, several shorter stories have had stock
    footage added (or footage repeated as a "flashback") to extend them into
    their own 30 minute stories. A few stories may have been cut a little as
    well, but I have not noticed that as much. They are usually darker stories.

    In addition to cutting the show to 30 minute episodes, there were actually episodes added for syndication from a completely unrelated show. I forget
    what it was called, but it was also an hour long and stared Gary Collins as
    a man with ESP. The pacing on those episodes, with single stories cut from
    one hour to 30 minutes, is odd to say the least. Some of those are good episodes, though, but they were never originally intended to be Night Gallery episodes, or 30 minute stories.

    If you see a Night Gallery episode that stars Gary Collins, it was not originally a Night Gallery episode.

    The original Outer Limits also usually featured darker themes than the
    Twilight Zone.

    For those of you who enjoy the Twilight Zone and the other
    shows mentioned here, you might enjoy the Black Mirror series.
    The episodes focus on technology and explore the unintended
    consequences of that technology. I only got through the first
    few - the last one I saw was about a technology that resembled
    Google Glass. That was already getting too dark and dystopian
    for me - so I steered to other types of shows by then.

    I have been wanting to watch that one but don't have the proper station or streaming service to see it.


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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to MRO on Tuesday, December 08, 2020 20:05:00
    Re: Re: Twilight Zone, Anyone
    By: MRO to Ogg on Mon Dec 07 2020 11:03 pm

    Re: Re: Twilight Zone, Anyone?
    By: Ogg to All on Mon Dec 07 2020 06:39 pm

    The Night Gallery had some very dark and creepy stories - but
    I didn't get a chance to see all of them. Might be time to
    see if I can find it and watch a few of them again.



    check out ray bradbury theater if you havent yet.
    one of my favorites is the town where nobody got off.
    it has jeff goldblum when he was 34.


    I recently started watching them. Looks like they were a Vancouver
    production, maybe the same production company that brought back Outer Limits (Atlantis?)

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to Nightfox on Tuesday, December 08, 2020 20:21:00
    Re: Re: Twilight Zone, Anyone
    By: Nightfox to MRO on Tue Dec 08 2020 08:46 am

    Re: Re: Twilight Zone, Anyone?
    By: MRO to Ogg on Mon Dec 07 2020 11:03 pm

    check out ray bradbury theater if you havent yet.
    one of my favorites is the town where nobody got off.
    it has jeff goldblum when he was 34.

    I liked that show. I used to watch it sometimes a long time ago. I remembe ey went back to the 'current' time. Basically a butterfly effect episode.

    Nightfox


    I saw an episode where a legendary time pilot was being recognized on the anniversary of his trip to the future he took some 50 or so years before. In the past (our present) he built a special plane to travel to a period in the future, then take pictures as he popped in and out of time. Instead of a
    large ceremony, he offered a single journalist a chance to interview him
    before the ship appears in the sky for a couple of seconds.

    The scientist reveals to him that the technology never worked, and the video from the future was all courtesy of a visual effects company. The reason for the hoax was to give people hope for a better future, then the people of the world joined and built the better world on their own. The fly over is
    actually a series of holographic projectors and other theatrical illusions.

    Right before the fly over, the scientist dies, and the reporter is stuck with the dilemma of telling the people they built this future on their own, or
    keep up the illusion.

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  • From Moondog@VERT/CAVEBBS to Dumas Walker on Tuesday, December 08, 2020 20:47:00
    Re: Re: Twilight Zone, Anyone
    By: Dumas Walker to OGG on Tue Dec 08 2020 01:30 pm

    The Night Gallery had some very dark and creepy stories - but
    I didn't get a chance to see all of them. Might be time to
    see if I can find it and watch a few of them again.

    The syndicated version of Night Gallery is only 1/2 hour long. The original was an hour and usually included at least 2-3 stories. In order to cut the show into 30 minute episodes, several shorter stories have had stock
    footage added (or footage repeated as a "flashback") to extend them into their own 30 minute stories. A few stories may have been cut a little as well, but I have not noticed that as much. They are usually darker stories.

    In addition to cutting the show to 30 minute episodes, there were actually episodes added for syndication from a completely unrelated show. I forget what it was called, but it was also an hour long and stared Gary Collins as a man with ESP. The pacing on those episodes, with single stories cut from one hour to 30 minutes, is odd to say the least. Some of those are good episodes, though, but they were never originally intended to be Night Galler episodes, or 30 minute stories.

    If you see a Night Gallery episode that stars Gary Collins, it was not originally a Night Gallery episode.

    The original Outer Limits also usually featured darker themes than the Twilight Zone.

    For those of you who enjoy the Twilight Zone and the other
    shows mentioned here, you might enjoy the Black Mirror series.
    The episodes focus on technology and explore the unintended
    consequences of that technology. I only got through the first
    few - the last one I saw was about a technology that resembled
    Google Glass. That was already getting too dark and dystopian
    for me - so I steered to other types of shows by then.

    I have been wanting to watch that one but don't have the proper station or streaming service to see it.


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    I recall seeing an episode of Night Gallery which reminded me a bit of the Twilight Zone episode, Eye of the Beholder. This wealthy businessman has a re cluse son, who was born with a genetic mutation that couldn't be cured
    or fixed before birth. It's not a hideous disfigurement. It's more or less c osmetic, as in his skin and hair color and facial features are unique.

    His father wants him to have have the best life
    possible without resulting to wearing a hood or hiding in a dark room all
    day. Scientists discover there is intelligent life on a moon circling
    Jupiter, and they appear to be relatives of the human race. Playing along
    with the son's wishes to disapear from the face of the Earth, he uses his influence to get his son on the next mission as a youth embassador. When the kid arrives, he is received at a modern looking airport facility, and is met
    by the previous youth ambassador who is going home. He asks the other kid how's life there, and he tells him he won't be disappointed. He learns why when he hears some girls giggling, then looks over to find the inhabitants share the same features. He is consdered above average among the people
    there.

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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to MOONDOG on Wednesday, December 09, 2020 13:26:00
    I recall seeing an episode of Night Gallery which reminded me a bit of the Twilight Zone episode, Eye of the Beholder. This wealthy businessman has a re
    cluse son, who was born with a genetic mutation that couldn't be cured
    or fixed before birth. It's not a hideous disfigurement. It's more or less c
    osmetic, as in his skin and hair color and facial features are unique.

    Yes, that is definately one of the most memorable episodes. That is one of
    the episodes that they had to fill in with some stock footage and
    flashbacks, in syndication, to fatten it out to 30 minutes. The whole part about the "flying police" is from some movie.

    Another one that feels like a TZ episode is "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar." That one is probably my favorite.

    There is an episode about a military school that includes the actor who
    played Frank Burns on M*A*S*H. :)


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  • From Dumas Walker@VERT/CAPCITY2 to OGG on Friday, December 11, 2020 11:14:00
    The Golden Earring version rocks quite nicely: https://open.spotify.com/track/6PzkzHvse5Od5l23RC71Pk

    That is the one I am familiar with. :)


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