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Twilight Zone, the new television science fiction/fantasy serial program, continues to be excellent. As a result, Friday night's activities now revolve around ensuring that the family can tune in.

Here's a quick recap:

Episode 2, One for the Angels features aged sidewalk peddler Lou Bookman, beloved by the neighborhood children. Unfortunately for all concerned, his hours are numbered; a certain Mr. Death has been dispatched to ensure that the salesman's departure occurs according to schedule. Of course, the huckster has other plans, but cheating Death has its own set of consequences...



There were no surprises in this episode, at least not to me, but I did enjoy the characterization of Mr. Death a great deal.

Episode 3, Mr. Denton on Doomsday, follows the eponymous Al Denton, a former gunfighter turned alcoholic both for his protection and that of those who would challenge him (and lose). An encounter with a new gun and a mysterious snake oil salesman named Dr. Fate sobers Denton up, but also appears to set him back on his old destructive path.



I did not see the twist coming in this episode, and it's a good one. And if you like oaters, you'll especially enjoy this outing.

My daughter summed up the last fortnight's viewing with this: "The great thing about this show is it takes all your deepest fears and sets them on their head." I think I may have her start writing my columns from now on.

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In other news, Luna 3 has finally returned a dozen vacation slides from its jaunt around the Moon. At first glance, it looks as if the back side is quite a bit different from the front. Significantly, there are far fewer of the gray splotches or "maria" (seas). The Soviet news source, T.A.S.S., has been typically tight-lipped regarding the primary question on everyone's lips: is the far side where the Moon keeps all the cheese?



Seriously, I have not read anything in the press regarding data from Lunik's other scientific instruments. These are the results I was really excited about. It is rumored that previous releases were incorrect and that Luna 3's only experiment was the camera. That's a shame, if true, though one cannot deny the moment of that lone experiment's success.

Next up: A Canticle for Leibowitz! See you soon.

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Date: 2014-10-20 05:05 pm (UTC)
solarbird: (dara)
From: [personal profile] solarbird
I am adoring this show so far! It's heads and shoulders above Science Fiction Theatre - and I liked that show, despite its occasional clunkiness.

This new series has such a writerly feel. It reminds me in that way of the episodes of Playhouse 90 I've watched. Isn't Mr. Sirling involved in that, too?

Date: 2014-10-20 08:57 pm (UTC)
solarbird: (dara)
From: [personal profile] solarbird
Oh, I'm jealous. I have an old 12" RCA that I picked up used after moving back home to Seattle. It's nice, but I've been thinking occasionally about a new, larger set. I haven't seen much in television that really called out for that kind of larger screen, though - until now!

Belatedly, thank you so much for your convention report of GGC. I'd been wanting to attend myself, but I still do a bit of teaching for the Navy, and that took me out of town on weekends for most of the month. I hope they put it on again next year! Maybe I'll find some time to volunteer...
Edited Date: 2014-10-20 09:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-10-20 05:32 pm (UTC)
laurose8: (Shiveria)
From: [personal profile] laurose8
Always glad of your daughter's contributions. Perhaps when she does The Tempest at school...well, it's been ripped off enough by the genre.

And I am glad Mr Stirling doesn't despise Westerns, which can be worth respect. (Come to think of it, The Tempest could be considered a Western too.)

Date: 2014-10-20 08:22 pm (UTC)
laurose8: (Shiveria)
From: [personal profile] laurose8
I don't think we've got it yet, but I bet I like it when we do. (oot: I don't remember it being screened in NZ, though we were lucky enough to get other Garner series.)

Date: 2014-10-21 12:29 am (UTC)
glymr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glymr
Your description of the Twilight Zone makes me sorry I missed those episodes. I hope I have a chance to watch them in the future!

Moon Mystery

Date: 2014-10-22 05:59 pm (UTC)
victoria_silverwolf: (Default)
From: [personal profile] victoria_silverwolf
I agree with your comments on "The Twilight Zone." I'm glad to see you noted the characterization of Death in "One For the Angels." The actor nicely underplayed the role (particularly compared with the salesman; a little Ed Wynn goes a long way.) I very much liked "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," which featured fine acting, good writing, and a nice twist. (Of course, the way that Westerns dominate television these days makes the setting overly familiar.)

I'm astonished to see how different the far side of the Moon has turned out to be. That should keep the selenologists busy for some time to come.

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