Voodrew Gives Thanks…
Today, we are called to give thanks…and I gotta give it up for Rod Serling.
It is impossible to ignore the impact that Rod Serling had on television.
In a time of countless variety shows and soap operas, Rod had the balls and foresight to challenge what was being shown, and challenge how we, as a species, were smarter than network television made us out to be. Rod was a progressive thinker of the day, hating the injustice of how African Americans and women were treated in society. He originally thought of the idea, to make a show in which he wouldn’t be censored by the networks, if he could thinly veil “hot topic” social issues into Sci-Fi stories.
Pioneering the famous TWILIGHT ZONE, Rod showed us a “new” way of watching television. A show that wasn’t opposed to COMPLETELY jumping genres each week, sometimes mid-episode!
Twilight Zone paved the way for some of TV’s greatest shows; Lost, X-Files, The Outer Limits, Flash Forward, Amazing Stories, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Fantasy Island, Quantum Leap, Tales from the Crypt, …even including the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” which is loosely based on the episode “People Are the Same Everywhere”
It inspired some of the greatest writers and directors of our time; Stephen Spielberg, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, M. Night Shyamalan (Well, maybe not greatest, but well known.)
It inspired some of the most well known movies since it’s inception; Poltergeist, Final Destination, Child’s Play, The Box, Christine, The Truman Show, The Sixth Sense, not to mention having an impact on novels, comic books, and even video games.
If you have a few minutes, I would like to offer up an interview with one of the most badass dudes of our time. If you are interested in television history, GET IT ON!
Lord, we thank you for Rod Serling.
In response to Davenpoe’s request for Biopic casting. There is only one logical choice in my opinion… I hope I didn’t blow my wad on Khan, it has to be…. Nestor Carbonell.