Sunday, April 14, 2019

3x01 "Banana Peele"

 

Left turn! Host Craig suspends his plan to resume covering the first season of the classic Twilight Zone series to instead dive head-first into the first season of the brand new Twilight Zone series from Jordan Peele. This week he gazes suspiciously at the first two episodes (“The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet”) and shares his knee-jerk reactions with little preparation or time to truly reflect in a meaningful fashion. Are the new episodes worth checking out? You’ll have to listen to get the full scoop. 

“Neither Here Nor There (‘Really? Another Revision?’ Revision)” by Twin Loops

“You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago (from the album Chicago 17, copyright 1983 by Full Moon/Asylum/Warner Bros)

“Medulla Oblongata” by The Dust Brothers (from the Fight Club soundtrack, copyright 1999 by Restless Records)

“Someone Is Watching You” by Andrea Terrinoni (from the album Pulsating Mind: Dreamy Instrumentals and Soundtracks, copyright 2018 by Andrea Terrinoni)

“Unsettling Perspectives” by Andrea Terrinoni (from the album Cinematic Cues Volume 3: Dark Drama, copyright 2016 by Flipper Srl Edizioni Musicali)

“Gloom” by Andrea Terrinoni (from the album Lifeline: Contemporary Emotional Ambient, copyright 2016 by Deneb Records)

TWILIGHT ZONE MAIN TITLE AND END THEMES composed by Marius Constant, performed by Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts

Vote for us in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! The details can be found here: 

https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=741  

The deadline to vote is midnight on April 20th, 2019. Don’t delay, vote today! Like, right now. Go do it before you get sidetracked and forget. C’mon!


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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, March 31, 2019

3x00a "An Existential Colonic"



Sometimes the self is the biggest hurdle, and usually we’re too close to see it. This week Craig gets a much-needed smack upside the head and gets his priorities straightened out (finally, right?).


Theme: “Neither Here nor There (Series 3 Revision)” by Twin Loops

“Ambient #1” performed by Control X (from the album To Abort Transmission, copyright 1995 by Instinct Records)

“Coming Back to Life” performed by Pink Floyd (from the album The Division Bell, copyright 1994 by Capitol Music/EMI)

Jordan Monsell’s amazing Twilight Zone collage: https://i2.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/twilight-zone-poster.jpg?ssl=1 

The key to said collage, should you need it: https://i2.wp.com/bloody-disgusting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/twilight-zone-poster.jpg?ssl=1

Tom Elliot’s epic treatise on Rod Serling’s teleplay for Planet of the Apes (in which I provide the voice of producer Arthur P. Jacobs): http://thetwilightzonepodcast.com/rod-serlings-planet-of-the-apes/

Vote for us in the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards! The details can be found here: https://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/?p=741  Don’t delay, vote today!


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. 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

VOTE FOR US!!!!!!!

Our (okay, MY) Twilight Zone podcast, Between Light and Shadow, has once again been nominated for a coveted Rondo Hatton Horror Award. I hope longtime readers of this blog are also faithful listeners of the podcast... I also hope (rather fervently) that each and every one of you will cast a vote in our favor. We're up against some seriously stiff competition (including Tom Elliot's The Twilight Zone Podcast, which won last year), but I think we can take it... with YOUR help. Please take a couple of minutes to click on the link above (or here, if you're extra lazy) and cast your vote for us (okay, ME). All it takes is a quick email to taraco@aol.com.I highly encourage you to look through all the categories and nominees and vote for some (or all) of them, but MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN you indicate that in Category #20 (Best Multimedia Site, which podcasts fall under) you vote for Between Light and Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast. It's the first one on the list, so you can't miss it. 2019 is the 60th Anniversary of The Twilight Zone, so a vote for us (okay, ME) is actually a vote for both the series and the legacy of Rod Serling himself. The deadline is April 20th, so go vote RIGHT NOW while you're thinking about it. I really need a win, gang. This is the third year in a row we've (okay, I'VE) been nominated, and I really want to believe that the third time's the charm. Thanks in advance, and kids... play nice.


Friday, March 1, 2019

3x00 "Help Me Rondo, Help Help Me Rondo"



No clever intro here. Just listen to the damn thing.

Here’s how to vote: http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/

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

“Come Back (Slow Version)” performed by the Depeche Mode (from the album Sounds of the Universe copyright 2009 by Mute 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. 

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)


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.