Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ghosts of Blog Logos Past (Part 1)


That big logo at the top of the page hasn't changed for several years now. But in this blog's heyday (2009-2014, when we covered each episode of The Twilight Zone on its 50th birthday), said big logo changed fairly often--- at least once or twice per season, and then again for the summer reruns. But each time I changed it, those that came before just sorta evaporated into the ether. I've been meaning to archive them someplace here, mostly for posterity's sake (but also because some of 'em are pretty cool, if I do say so myself). So... what the hell, now's as good a time as any.

First up---- the early days. 2009-2010. The layout of the blog was different then... more basic, not to mention narrower. The logo is therefore not as wide (because, y'now, geometry or whatever). The very first attempt was clearly whipped up in under a minute.




It didn't last long, as I recall. I wanted Serling in there someplace. And, in a surprising (or not) shocking display of hubris, I put myself in the logo too (buy hey, it was MY blog, so why not?). And because I'm so goddamned cool, I used an obviously-staged sunglasses-adjusting pose.



I decided pretty quickly that that second version was kinda shitty. I didn't even bother to Photoshop out the edges of the picture elements, so the whole thing just comes off half-assed. So I went back to the digital drawing board and came up with something better, with three different versions, which I rotated in and out every so often. I used a different picture of myself in an attempt to minimize the douchiness. 





As we neared the first season's end, I wanted the logo to reflect the new (and very short-lived) revised opening title design used on the show (the one with the giant eye, covered in agonizing detail here), so another revamping took place.



And then it was Summer 2010. I did some tweaking to the blog layout, which necessitated a wider logo. I created multiple versions and, to be perfectly honest, I don't remember if all of them were even used...






At some point during the summer of 2010 I bleached my hair (it was an aggressively reckless home-job which very possibly did some permanent damage to my scalp; I started balding very soon after). Naturally the logo needed to reflect my new Guy Fieri-wannabe look. This also marked the end of the "floating head" aesthetic... from here forward I'd be down in the left-hand corner, opposite Serling, with an actual upper body and everything.











And then it was Fall 2010, and it was time to start covering season two. In a (not-so) shocking demonstration of sheer laziness, I slapped a couple of season-specific graphics on the existing logo and called it good.





With my wife Teresa's help, I dressed up as Doctor Bernardi from "Eye of the Beholder" that year for Hallowe'en (go here for the scoop). A revision to the blog logo seemed appropriate... hell, it was absolutely necessary. I also added a season-specific identifier, which I'd do for the remainder of the five years.





Summer 2011 brought yet another new logo. While season two had just ended (well, fifty years earlier), the episodes aired during the Summer of '61 were from season one, so the new elements (the sun eyeball, Donlin and Corey from "I Shot an Arrow Into the Air," and the slot machine from "The Fever") were from season one episodes. Ever the chameleon, I changed the picture of me yet again (the bleach-job was almost gone; just the very tips were still blond). The "Now in... HD!" blurb was intended to denote that I was now pulling all my screen grabs from the Blu-rays (versus the lower-resolution DVDs; this upgrade was documented here). Oh, and I debuted a new shot of Serling too... also grabbed from the Blu-rays (I don't remember which episode, unfortunately).





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I'll stop there for now. Tune in for Part 2... um, soon. Soonish.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

2x18 "Do Mandroids Dream of Eccentric Gleeps?"




Baseball and robots: two examples of classic Americana. This week Craig oils up his glove and manhandles some (base)balls when he takes the mound against “The Mighty Casey” from The Twilight Zone’s legendary first season, then keeps the mandroid vibe rollin’ with a loving examination of the nuts, bolts and artificial hide of the season four classic “In His Image.” Put on your cleats and tune in… and yeah, you’d best wear a cup.


David K. Frasier’s write-up on Robert Sorrells:


Craig’s appearance on Brandon Cruz’s Submitted for Your Approval podcast:



Theme: “Neither Here nor There (Mecha Variant)” by Twin Loops

“Get Schwifty” performed by Justin Roiland (copyright 2015 by Cartoon Network)

“I’m Not Tired Yet” performed by the Mississippi Mass Choir (featuring Mosie “Mama” Brooks; from the album Not by Might, Not by Power, copyright 2005 by Malaco Records)

“I Will Not Forget You” performed by Sarah McLachlan (from the album Solace, copyright 1991 by Nettwerk Records)

“The Dirty Games of Dr. Love” performed by Alex Puddu (from the album The Golden Age of Danish Pornography, copyright 2011 by Al Dente Records)

“Robot Man” performed by Jamie Horton (copyright 1960 by Joy Records)

“Mr. Roboto” performed by Styx (from the album Kilroy Was Here, copyright 1983 by A&M Records)



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Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

2x17a "A Fredly Chat"



You say last week’s chat with The Twilight Pwn’s Fred left you wanting? Too short? Not enough delicious Fredness to sate your Fred-centric appetite? Say no more---- herein you’ll find the entire unedited conversation, tongue-clicks and ‘ums’ horrifically intact. It’s raw, sloppy and unpolished, the perfect aural accompaniment for a raw, sloppy and unpolished New Years Eve. Cheers!

Opening Theme: ‘Neither Here Nor There (3.6)” by Twin Loops

“Captain Picard sings ‘Let It Snow’” created by James Covenant (used without permission)


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

2x17 "I'll Be Zone for Christmas"




It’s Christmastime again, so of course we’ve cooked up a special treat for y’all---- two, count ‘em, TWO special guests grace our RSS feed this week: Dr. Reba Wissner talks shop about the music score for the Twilight Zone classic “What You Need” (which we’re covering this week… I probably should’ve mentioned that first), then the irrepressible Fred from The Twilight Pwn returns to lend us some much-needed TZ ‘cast credibility. It’s a heart-warming holiday special for the whole family (assuming they’re all over 18 and aren’t easily offended), so pour yourself a tumbler of your best cherry brandy and prepare to get festive. Oh, we’re also unveiling two new jingles this week, for those keeping track. And hey, make sure you stick around after the credits for a last-minute tribute to Outer Limits composer Dominic Frontiere (1931-2017).


Tom Elliot reads Lewis Padgett’s “What You Need”: 

The Twilight Pwn’s coverage of “What You Need”

Theme Music: “Neither Here nor There (3.6)” by Twin Loops

“Nature Boy” performed by Stan Getz (from the album Cool Velvet, copyright 1960 by Verve Records)

“Sex and Candy” performed by Marcy Playground (from the album Marcy Playground, copyright 1997 by Capitol Records/EMI)

“Home (Where Shadows Fall)” performed by the Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra (from the album Merry Christmas, copyright 1956 by Capitol Records)


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Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2x16 Dylan Vance Presents "Escape Clause"



Christmas comes a bit early this year as Craig turns the mic over to listener Dylan Vance, who presents his audio drama adaptation of Rod Serling’s “Escape Clause.” It’s his gift to the podcast, which we're thrilled and delighted to share with all of you. Enjoy!

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops


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Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2x15 A Conversation with Steven Jay Rubin



This week author Steven Jay Rubin drops by to discuss his marvelous new book The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia. Along the way, Craig practically falls over himself gushing over the book, repeatedly trips over his own tongue, and commits the ultimate interview sin… but you’ll have to listen to find out what it is (actually, there are two pretty egregious faux pas committed herein… oh, the shame!).

Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:

Portland’s own legendary Powell’s Books:


Theme Music: “Neither Here nor There (3.4)” by Twin Loops

“The Unknown,” “Invitation,” “The Moon Is Low,” “Shangri-La” and “The Twilight Zone” performed by Marty Manning and His Orchestra (from the album The Twilight Zone: A Sound Adventure in Space, copyright 1961 by Columbia Records)


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Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

2x14 "Hella Hellish"




Heaven. Hell. What’s the difference? The lines are blurred this week as Craig spins the roulette wheel on the Twilight Zone classic “A Nice Place to Visit” and can’t decide between a halo or a brimstone necklace. He then descends to the cheap and cheesy bowels of 70’s hell for the Night Gallery quickie “Hell’s Bells.” It’s groovy, man.

Theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.5)” by Twin Loops

“Strange Girl” performed by Hubert Laws (from the album Flute By-Laws, copyright 1966 by Atlantic Records)

“Destroyer” performed by The Kinks (from the album Give the People What They Want, copyright 1981 by Arista Records)

“The Girl with the Long Black Hair” performed by Sandy Warner (from the album Fair and Warner, copyright 1961 by Mayfair Records)

“Sacrifice” performed by Elliot Murphy (from the album Unreal City, copyright 1993 by Razor & Tie Records)

“Hell Hotel” performed by They Might Be Giants (demo; copyright information unknown)

“Lighten Up” performed by Beastie Boys (from the album Check Your Head, copyright 1992 by Capitol Records)

“Hell” performed by Squirrel Nut Zippers (from the album Hot, copyright 1996 by Mammoth Records)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.