THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "I Shot an Arrow Into the Air" & "The Hitch-Hiker"

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The first of these two episodes is among the most strongly moral and critical episodes of the series; piercing and biting words from the heart of its creator. The second a less moralistic tale but no less skillfully compiled, personifying that which every person fears and some may not even know has happened.

Jul
01
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "The Four of Us Are Dying" & "Third From the Sun"

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Now comes two of the more intriguingly directed episodes, full of tilted cameras, expressive visuals and engrossing atmospheres. Both as well have two of the great endings to the series, both of which wind up casting a new light on the preceding drama.

Jun
04
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "And When the Sky Was Opened" & "What You Need"

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Two more Serling episodes; the first a haunting eulogy for the manifest destiny of space exploration as experienced by three men; the second a cautionary tale about knowing when to fold 'em and when to walk away.

Mar
17
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "Perchance to Dream" & "Judgment Night"

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We come to our first episode not written by series mastermind Rod Serling, a psychological horror entry by Charles Beaumont blurring the line between reality and dreams. Then, Serling's own take on a nightmare, his not an internalized terror but an eternity of horror wrought by who else but the main character himself.

Feb
26
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "The Lonely" & "Time Enough at Last"

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Two marvelous episodes, both ultimately dealing with the theme of isolation and loneliness. Even more, one could almost start where the other ends, the climactic end-of-the-world as seen from a singular viewpoint melding into a view of a planet with only one inhabitant.

Feb
18
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "Walking Distance" & "Escape Clause"

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Two very different episodes. The first among the most poignant and profound episodes of all television, a revealing and emotional reverie from Serling's heart; the second a strange, better-left-forgotten bit of Faustian drama that only appears worse on the heels of Serling's magnum opus.

 

Feb
10
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" & "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine"

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Episodes 3 and 4 of the inaugural season saw Serling tackling classic Hollywood: "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" challenges the moral codes of Hollywood westerns and "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" examines the short shelf-life of classic starlets, not to mention giving Serling's own sentimentalist take on Wilder's caustic Sunset Boulevard.

 

Feb
03
2010
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THE FIFTH DIMENSION: "Where is Everybody?" & "One for the Angels"

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"There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone."

So begins a journey through the unknown. Every week, you will witness my exploits in making my way, chronologically, through the vast fifth dimension we know as The Twilight Zone. If I return from my voyage, I hope to be a better man; enlightened, educated, socially aware and profoundly moved.

 

Jan
26
2010
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