When i was around three years old my mother and i saw a chapter of the Twilight Zone ("Little girl lost", the one with the girl falling inside the wall in her room to another dimension). She told me that, after when i was sleeping (like at two or three o'clock in the morning) she went to check me, as usual, to cover me with a blanket i use to loose while sleeping and, to her horror, i was not in my bed, she couldn't find me nowhere in my room, nowhere else. Then she gave a look at my wall. Did her little son went to the Twilight Zone? Well...I was under my bed sleeping. I still remember watching that episode. I don't remember falling from my bed.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Twilight Zone the series that run from 1959 to 1964 and in spanish was called "La Dimensión Desconocida". This year, as the many years before there are many reasons to remember Rod Serling (1924-1975) the great writer and creator of this anthology series. Personally, I am celebrating it by buying (after some years of delivery) The Twilight Zone: The complete Definitive Collection, a gargantuan 28 DVD's set (released October 3 , 2006).
Let's say just one thing about Serling. Okay? He wrote the script of Planet Of The Apes(1968) and i read the original Pierre Boulle novel so, i know how much my second favorite film of all time owns to the genius of Serling: A lot!
Star quality wise? Let's name a few of the actors that participate in the series, let me see...
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Peter Falk, Lee Marvin, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Buster Keaton, Martin Landau, Elizabeth Montgomery, Micky Rooney, Donald Pleasence, Jack Klugman, Robert Duvall, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith and a long who's who etcetera of gold acting talent.
It was a brave series dealing during a very tuff period about racism, civil rights and war dressed with fantasy, the supernatural and science fiction. They were in their originally (and by far best form) 156 stories.
Spielberg, Frank Darabont, Night Shyamalan, Joe Dante, John Landis and the other best directors that deal with the fantastic own to this series almost too much and they are not shy to accept it. Even now, when i write this, Leonardo di Caprio is trying to make another movie based in this legendary series, tha many consider the best moment in american television.
Rod Serling made of writers of the fantastic cool brave guys when they were just nerdy characters.
The music of the show? Two names : Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith. And i'll say no more.
My 13 year old daughter Diana is watching these days some chapters of the series and by her expression everytime a chapter finish i can say that people of all ages and times will be willing to be amazed and will jump to that fifth dimention that
we love to call: The Twilight Zone.