Your next stop, the Twilight Zone!

The Twilight Zone - season 2

Who could forget Rod Sterling saying?, “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!”

It’s almost impossible to comprehend the first series began aireing on Oct. 2, 1959.

I didn’t start the journey until the mid-1960s, by then the five seasons had moved into reruns but it was new, and freaky to me.

First, it is obvious that every episode of The Twilight Zone strayed from anything mundane. These unusual events warranted Sterling's attention to them.

Rod portrayed a character that observed and recorded events in different timelines, storing them in a database he called “The Twilight Zone.”

I was always drawn to the weirdness, the possibilities, the strange music, etc. so I was very interested when the new weekly series premiered on April 1, 2019.

Much like the original series, each episode in this incarnation of The Twilight Zone deals with different topics such as supernatural occurrences, racism, social issues, misinformation in the press, alien invasions, and immigration with an unusual and unexpected twist in each one.

The two first episodes of Season 2, were certainly breathtaking.

A socially awkward single man named Phil hears the voice of a woman in his head. His therapist suggests he is suffering from dissociative identity disorder. However, being able to talk to the voice, Phil decides to meet up with the putative woman in a location halfway between his city and hers. The voice says she was unable to attend as she was abducted and she gives Phil directions to the isolated house she is kept at and a description of her abductor. Phil arrives and pummels another man to death in front of that man's young daughter and he is arrested at the scene. I don’t want to spoil the ending.

Michelle Weaver, an overachieving hotel clerk gets promoted to manager. The same day, she is startled by a giant orb that appears in the sky, causing everyone but Michelle to stand still and enter a seemingly catatonic state. Running home, she encounters a police officer who advises her to “wake up.” At home, her husband inexplicably begins speaking in an unfamiliar accent before he too walks outside and enters into the same state.

It’s time for you to catch up on seasons 1 and 2 before you get left behind in a place worse than the “Twilight Zone.”

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