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Rod Serling did not control The Twilight Zone - VIDEO

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 21st 2009 11:02AM
Rod Serling...in The Twilight ZoneThe image to the right was taken from an episode of The Twilight Zone, a show that sits in the top 10 of television's all time greatest mindf*#ks.

It took audiences on an out of control thrill ride that zigged and zagged in directions that no one saw coming. The stories would lead viewers one way and just when they thought they had the ending figured out, it took them down an emotional corkscrew that could melt their brains. It was and still is digital acid, minus the waking up in a dumpster with a head of hair that smells like raw chicken.

But picture if you will, an even bigger twist lying inside this twisted wasteland of shock and discovery. A twist that smashes the fourth wall of television with the brute force of a charging rhino strapped to the front of a nuclear warhead and reveals the true identity of the man who pulls all the strings....in The Twilight Zone.

The end of the show's very first season featured a funny, bizarre little piece written by legendary sci-fi and horror writer Richard Matheson called "A World of His Own." It starred an eccentric playwright named Gregory West, played by Keenan Wynn, who could bring whole characters, places and scenes to life with nothing more than the power of his own voice. In fact, he even uses his powers to create a bleach blonde mistress or so he claims after his wife catches them canoodling on his office couch. That's the oldest excuse in the book. "No honey, I wasn't cheating on you. I just have complete control over the infinite masses of time and space."

Eventually, we learn that even his wife is nothing more than a figment of West's overactive imagination. And just when we think the entire truth if this bizarre situation has been revealed, an even greater one rears its ugly head. The end of the episode shown below shows that Rod Serling, the supposed mastermind of this cruel little place, is nothing more than a subservient pawn for the true creator...of The Twilight Zone.

The Tommy Westphall Universe theory proves that everything surrounding The Twilight Zone is West's doing. West turns the bookwormy bank teller's reading hubris against him by breaking his glasses after the world comes to an end. West is responsible for the crappy 2002 remake of the series that ran on UPN. West even created "The Tower of Terror" experience in Walt Disney World and therefore is also responsible for causing me to throw up on the poor kid who sat in front of me...in The Twilight Zone.

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Rod Sterling was the man back then ( & now ;), thx for the old school flashback -

March 21 2009 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well done Danny! That 3rd paragraph was perfect!

March 21 2009 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I once wrote a review of the John Candy film Delirious that appeared in an upper midwest alt-weekly (I was on staff but not as a writer) - and I made certain to include the fact that the Keenan Wynn episode of TZ was the direct antecedent of this unfortunately worthless movie that once again wasted Candy's talents.

March 21 2009 at 12:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed W.

bwuahauha loved it

March 21 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This was an incredibly stupid article and it was not well written. I don't know if the "author" was trying to be cute and write an article in the form of a Twilight Zone story or what. I thought it would have been an interesting bit of trivia about Twilight Zone, a great show that made me sleep with the lights on more than once. Now I'm ticked that it wasted my time and I had to write this post.

March 21 2009 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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HAD to write a comment, Diane?! You need to call the local authorities to tell them someone held you at gunpoint and forced you to write a comment about a nice little article on a classic television show from your teen years.

March 22 2009 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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