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The Twilight Zone: Season 2
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Dec 16, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

The second season of Rod Serling’s landmark TV anthology series comes to blu-ray. This collection features a whopping 36 episodes featuring many notable stars of the day (Burgess Meredith, Fritz Weaver, Franchot Tone, Robert Cummings, E.G Marshall, etc).
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The anthology series is truly a lost art, but not for lack of trying. Back in the late fifties/early sixties, this format was all the rage, with not only THE TWILIGHT ZONE hitting airwaves, but also PLAYHOUSE 90, THE OUTER LIMITS, CLIMAX!, THRILLER, and my personal favorite, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS. Since the eighties, there have been a handful of attempts to relaunch the format, with TWILIGHT ZONE even spawning a big-budget feature film in 1983. For the most part, these attempts have been fruitless, which is a shame. That said, they didn’t have a mind like Rod Serling guiding them, so I suppose they were doomed from the get-go. Serling was a brilliant man. A playwright of the same caliber as Paddy Chayefsky, Serling boldly treated science-fiction and the paranormal seriously, turning each installment of THE TWILIGHT ZONE into often profound morality tales, many of which dealt with a common theme, which was the loneliness of man.

Season two was really Serling operating at the peak of his prowess. With thirty six episodes running half hour each, Serling was responsible for an awful lot of content, but the quality never diminished. Highlights from this season include: KING NINE WILL NOT RETURN: Robert Cummings plays the Captain of a WW2 bomber who finds himself stranded in North Africa with a crashed plane, and a crew which has mysteriously vanished. This is a one-man show for Cummings, who was admittedly a bit of a lightweight, but probably does the acting job of his life here.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: An absolute mindf**k of an episode told from the point of view of a horribly deformed woman, who’s waiting to be unmasked after radical plastic surgery. The whole episode is shot without revealing anyone’s face, and the ending stands as one of the most inspired in the show’s history.

THE SILENCE: Franchot Tone plays an elderly aristocrat, who challenges a talkative young man to stay silent for an entire year, with a 500 Thousand Dollar incentive. This one actually plays out more like an episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, but that’s not a bad thing. The ending is a classic.

THE OBSOLETE MAN: Another classic featuring Burgess Meredith as a librarian rendered obsolete by a future totalitarian government that has outlawed books and religion. He’s sentenced to death, but before he dies, he’ll teach the mouthpiece of the fascist government a much needed lesson in selflessness, humility, and courage.

Of course those are just a few highlights of an insanely memorable season, and you could really just select an episode at random and be guaranteed a solid half hour of occasionally thought-provoking entertainment.
THE EXTRAS
Lots of extras here, with Twenty-five newaudio commentaries , along with many other archival commentaries culled from old interviews and previous releases. We also get Fifteen modern radio dramatizations of select episodes featuring actors like Jim Caviezel, Fred Williard, isolated music scores and New and Archival on-camera interviews .

Last but not least is an episode of a previous anthology series, CLIMAX!, called NIGHTMARE AT GROUND ZERO which was also scripted by Serling.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE TWILIGHT ZONE SEASON 2 is a no-brainer for classic TV buff, or even anyone that just wants to watch some intelligent storytelling. Each episode is a winner, and the terrific restoration work done on each episode makes this worth an upgrade even if you happen to own the DVDs.
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