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Episode 137 – “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You”

In “Eye of the Beholder” Miss Janet Tyler’s appearance is different from that of most members of the society in which she lives, and she agrees to undergo an operation to bring her into conformity with others. In “Number Twelve … Continue reading

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Episode 133 – “Ring-a-Ding Girl”

We’ve noted that the title “The Twilight Zone“ is Serling’s name for the imagination, and that that the imagination is the faculty of the mind that constructs possible worlds, and that descriptions of those worlds are couched in terms of … Continue reading

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Episode 128 – “Uncle Simon”

In 1964, in contrast to today, robots were not ubiquitous. They did, however, have a significant presence in The Twilight Zone.  The unintended consequences of robotic athletes competing in sports is explored in “The Mighty Casey” and “Steel.” A mechanical … Continue reading

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Episode 120 – “The Bard”

Here’s a thought experiment and two guiding questions: Imagine that William Shakespeare could write for television. How would he fare, and what does answering the question tell us about television as an art form? Julius Moomer has, somewhat unintentionally, conjured … Continue reading

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Episode 113 – “The Parallel”

Works of fiction, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, are, or appear to be, representations of possible worlds. Insofar as they succeed in representing what is possible, they do represent possible worlds. In their simplest form, a work of fiction represents … Continue reading

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