If you don’t know what I’m talking about, stop reading and turn on Netflix and search Twilight Zone and get back to me later. For those of you who know what I’m talking about or have just returned from your Netflix binge watching, Twilight Zone right? Just as good today, if not better, than it must have been during the original broadcast. Rod Serling was able to explore so many oddities and possibilities while providing significant social commentary that is still viable today. As a writer, Rod Serling is someone that you should be learning from for both the ability to imagine and convey meaning as well as for great storytelling structure.
As I revisited the Twilight Zone through Netflix, I was turned onto another contemporary series that clearly taps into Serling’s vein, Black Mirror. I’ve only viewed a few episodes of it so far and I readily say that they can be a bit of a slog. The shows I’ve seen anyway have been consistently more slow-paced. As an hour-length show, as opposed to the, mostly, twenty-four minute episodes of The Twilight Zone, it takes a bit of commitment to stick with it. Once you start delving into it though, you can see the drama, suspense, exploration, and social commentary as well as the twists and turns that Serling mastered. It’s a recommendation for new material that I would offer to Twilight Zone fans in search of something new and a little different, but sometimes you can’t beat the classics.