“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 callThe Twilight Zone.” -Rod Serling
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Warner Bros. coupled with Leonardo DiCaprio’s, Appian Way, is about to embark on a new dimension for the Rod Serling Classic, Twilight Zone. DeCaprio has often said that “The Twilight Zone is his favorite TV series.”
I worry how we can ever emulate the success that Rod Serling enjoyed. Should we even try to? A classic is a classic because it once was and can never be again. It is as ageless and timeless as the original Twilight Zone series. Should Warner Bros. and DiCaprio even attempt to go into that Zone?
I believe I have watched every episode of the Twilight Zone ever made. One of my favorites starred Dick York as a bank teller who flips a coin and it lands on its side. He begins the day being able to read other’s thoughts.
You can watch the episode, “A Penny for Your Thoughts,” free on IMDb here.
Rod begins the episode with his unique monologue in his own very unique voice begins the episode,
“Flip a coin, and keep flipping it. What are the odds? Half the time it will come up heads, half the time tails – but in one freakish chance in a million, it will land on its edge. Mr. Hector B. Poole, a bright human coin, on his way to the bank…”
Sometimes I think it was Rod’s voice, his storytelling ability that sucked us in and made us want to watch for more. He won three Emmy Awards for his work on Twilight Zone. Serling wrote over half of the 150 episodes that aired on television. He stepped from this life into the everlasting in 1975 but left a legacy that extends beyond the Twilight Zone series.
Remember back to 1983, “Twilight Zone: The Movie” was released and the most memorable part of the filming was the horrific helicopter accident on the set that killed actor Vic Morrow and two children. The movie fell short of expectations.
Only Twilight time will tell if this latest endeavor to capture the essence of the classic Twilight series is a success. Will it stand the test of Twilight Time?