Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
I’m giving no more context or further elaboration to the story because that’d be spoilers
Sir sat down in his chair; he could not stand. His legs had yet to be constructed as he overlooked the sinking abyss known as Earth. A television aired in the background as the various cyberneticians tended to facilitating Sirs morality and full movement; only one figure observed the television through transparent eyes.
The screen reflected a paradise; where authority knows best and rebellion is a phase. He stared at the innocent landscape with a sense of militant joy, there was heaven, he thought to himself with the electronic equivalent to a sinister grin across his face, there was heaven.
The children gathered in the room containing ‘”What’s good for you”, a gigantic television monitor with one mandatory channel apparently being what’s good for them, to see the latest piece of morality Sir had decided they should learn. They stared intently as the screen flashed “LISTEN! TO SIR!” “Thoughts! Are! Uncool!” and “Be Yourself! According to the following guidelines!” They absorbed this information and become “proud little puppets.”
Someone tried to break the doors down, his strength doubling as his mind trembles into submission, he nearly bursts through the door, one more push when…
The machine scanned: Henry Benjamin Magnus,
Recommended response: Increase humanity boosting.
The unknowing mutant was carried off to his artificial home with a warning taped on him.
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Rod Sterling is still the greatest thing to ever happen to television, he combined: dark humor, political messages and imaginative speculative fiction narratives in a manner that has never been seen before or seen.
Each episode told the macarbe stories of human beings in various settings, paticuliarly dystopian futures, surreal afterlifes and alternate history tales. The writing style is more reminisecent of a classic novel than standard television series with it’s dynamic characterisation and narratives focusing on theme and imagery before having ‘action’. The episodes are notorious for dark endings that subvert the viewers expections in creative ways.
The filmography and special effects have not only aged extremely well for the time, but are honestly far better than alot of contemporary stuff. I’d highly suggest watching ‘The Howling Man’ just for the transformation sequence alone. The acting is also much more naturalistic than most works of this era and I guarantee that if it wasn’t black and white; you could easily mistake it for a modern program,
Episodes I’d highly suggest watching:
It’s A Good Life: A child with godlike powers has enslaved an entire town to obey his whims without even realising what he’s doing is wrong. Brilliant concept which really touches on child psyhology.
The Howling Man: A man hiking in Eastern Europe finds himself inside a monastary that claims to have the devil imprisoned inside it. An exploration of religous beliefs and occams razor that, as I stated earlier, has one of the best effect shots in all of visual media.
Number 12 Looks Just Like You: In the future, all humans go through a surgery at the age of seventeen to make them identical to all surronding humans. Another example of exploring the human condition while still telling a compelling story.
Nightmare at 60’000 Feet: An unexplained monster climbs through a plane and can only be seen by one passanger, played by a pre-Star Trek William Shatner, can see it and is seen as a madman by the rest of the crew. A truly chilling story with even more amazing visuals and special effects.