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There's some gold but there's also a lot of trash
on 6 April 2013
Re-watching the first 36 episodes of 'The Twilight Zone' was to be honest a touch painful.
Firstly don't get me wrong, there are some great stories amidst this lot but to be absolutely honest there's a lot of absolute garbage. Also too many of the stories feature isolation style concepts(a person finds themselves uniquely the only person alive, around, or with a striking difference to everyone else) which gets a bit tiresome after the first 10 or so episodes of it. This makes the series get predictable. Perhaps it's the way I like to watch my Sci-fi, that's one episode after another and in order like one long movie. As a string of stories, you start to notice the repetition.
Where it does shine is in episodes such as 'The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street' which highlights a very important aspect of humanity. That is that our ability to doubt ourselves and others is often more powerful and destructive than any war, invasion or natural disaster. Alas it's also one of humanities most overlooked flaws. This story highlights the issue perfectly.
In all honesty I wouldn't recommend getting the Bluray, just grab the DVD's or watch it free online first as only die-hard fans will want this collection.
For a series that beats The Twilight Zone hands down, check out 'The Outer Limits'. This series features much more original ideas, concepts and thought provoking science fiction. To be honest, the The Twilight Zone in comparison is not really all science fiction. There's a lot of fantasy. The Twilight Zone just allows for a loose linking of the stories. The final episode of the series with Serling getting erased by his own creation was positively diabolical and brings down all the great episodes before it(to be honest there's 10 really meaty stories, the rest is just repetitions on a theme and throw in... because they were, or he was, or she was forever... in the twilight zone(YAY was what starts to go through your mind as it's going to be at the end and furthers the predictability).
It get's 2 stars for the great stories amidst the garbage and looses 3 for that terrible final episode to the season which had me wanting to burn the whole collection.
Compared to 'The Outer Limits', 'The Twilight Zone' pails in comparison and is grossly overated. Check it out first before believing the hype and spending money on it, you may be glad you did.