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  • Writer's pictureLaren Grey

Imagine if you will...

"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, 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 that we call, The Twilight Zone."

In my goal to introduce you to awesomeness (or at least reinvigorate your interest in things you already know are awesome), there should be a basic understanding: That the things I recommend are actually more than mere entertainment and should be considered as assignments to study. The final test is life and mind itself.

The Twilight Zone was the genius product of great minds such as the creator Rod Serling, and other writers such as Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, and others. Each episode should be regarded as a textbook of story, style, cinematography, morality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and art.

It aired from 1959 through 1964 for five seasons, and will continue to air its universal themes for as long as humans being have eyes and ears and questions. We could get in a time machine and travel ahead thousands of years and there will still be people watching The Twilight Zone. Several reboots and remakes have been made, and more will come I'm sure, but nothing comes close to the original.

"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

I've been watching The Twilight Zone my entire life. Every episode is gold, but here is a list of episodes I enjoy...

Time Enough At Last

The Eye Of The Beholder

Nightmare At 20,000 Feet

Living Doll

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street

Nick Of Time

The Hitchhiker

The Last Night Of A Jockey

The Old Man In The Cave

The Lonely

Number 12 Looks Just Like You

A World Of Difference

Five Characters In Search Of An Exit

The Masks

Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up

You can find these episodes on Amazon or Netflix and other online outlets.

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone."

In addition to watching the episodes (as a lifelong study) I also recommend studying the mind, charisma, wisdom, writing, and articulate oration of Rod Serling.

Rod Serling lecture on writing:

American Masters did a segment about him that you can see here:

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