The Twilight Zone Podcast
The original review appeared on iTunes 25 Feb 2017
I grew up as a Twilight Zone viewer in the 1960s. Born in 1960, this and other shows, like Star Trek, hold a special place in my heart. They surely influenced me and contributed, partially and ultimately, to the person I am today. Therefore, anyone attempting to do a show-by-show analysis runs a huge risk of alienating a significant portion of their target audience if the effort is done poorly and for the wrong reason.
Mr. Tom Elliot (Tom) is the force behind this podcast. From the first, ostensibly experimental, exposure to his podcast I was convinced that this person was not only knowledgeable and reverential, but is squarely pursuing this effort for the RIGHT reason: love for the stories, admiration for the genius of Rod Serling, and a desire to introduce others to the series.
I discovered the podcast in January of 2017 and have been bingeing and tweeting the episodes as I methodically go through them, starting with episode #1. Additionally, the fascinating commentary offered by Tom convinced me to revisit the series. I now watch an episode on Netflix then listen to the podcast. I also convinced my 17 year old daughter to watch the episodes with me. After the episode, we discuss the plot, twist, and meaning as we understood it. Then I anxiously await Tom’s commentary in his corresponding podcast.
I’m 56 years old and the memories of the series has been flooding back. No longer do I have to wait for the New Years Eve marathons to satisfy my addiction. Tom’s podcast has convinced me to analyze on a level that I previously never considered. But, he’s also opened a way to share my childhood with my teenage daughter- which is the greatest gift.
The only caution that “I submit for your approval” is this; if you enter the Twilight Zone and allow yourself to be guided by Tom, you will not want to come back.