This week’s episode of Dueling Review was a bit of synchronicity for Stephen and myself, as we had each spent a large portion of the previous twenty-odd hours watching SyFy Channel’s annual ‘Twilight Zone’ marathon (something that Widget and I do every year on 4th of July and New Year’s Day.)  Even fifty years later, I’m pleasantly surprised to see how well these episodes hold up, and each seems to bring back a frisson of fear, a bit of the arcane or at least an entertaining bit of dialogue.  Even the worst of them (in case you’re wondering, that would be Season 5’s “Come Wander With Me”, though “Black Leather Jackets” from that same season is another sack of doorknobs) presents a bit of broadcast television history, and the best are celebrations not only of classic television, but of humanity itself.  Plus, it’s also a scream to try to figure out where else you know the actors from, which in turn begs a particularly eerie query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced “IT’S A COOKBOOK!“) is now just a part of a smashed landscape, just a piece of the rubble, just a fragment of what man has deeded to himself in The Twilight Zone, asking: What’s the most iconic Twilight Zone moment of them all?

The Author

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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10 Comments

  1. January 2, 2014 at 11:38 am — Reply

    I’d have to say at the very end of Time Enough At Last when Henry’s glasses break. It’s just so sad.

    • January 2, 2014 at 11:42 am — Reply

      At least he can still read the large print books! Barring that, Braille.

  2. January 2, 2014 at 11:43 am — Reply

    It turns out it’s man!

  3. Hannah Jones
    January 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    The most Iconic is probably Shatner’s, “There’s something on the wing!” The episode which actually inspired a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and has been referenced constantly since then.

    My favourite, on the other hand, is Ron Glass as Satan with the infamous “Hell is a city, much like Newark,”

  4. January 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    The pigface people

    • Rome
      January 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm — Reply

      I second that. Pig face people always sticks in my mind as the most memorable reveal.

  5. January 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    The pig face people and “To Serve Man” both stick out in my mind.

    And while probably not as iconic, one of my personal favorites that always stuck with me was “Stopover in a Quiet Town”.

  6. Mauther
    January 3, 2014 at 2:08 am — Reply

    its a cookbook!from to serve man

  7. Rob
    January 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    It’s good, it’s a good thing that Stephen and Matthew did (please don’t send me
    to the cornfield).

  8. January 4, 2014 at 11:56 am — Reply

    Shatner and the Plane is the most Iconic, but my favorite is The Monsters on Maple Street.

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