Sunday, July 3, 2011

SyFy's 4th of July Twilight Zone marathon....

... is on right now! It started about 2 1/2 hours ago. Guess I came back from my sabbatical just in time, eh?

Actually, I don't watch TZ on TV. Commercials, syndication cuts, scratched-up prints, etc. No thanks. I'll stick with my blu-rays, which are complete and gorgeous to behold. However, I totally dig the marathon concept and, if my fellow TZ devotees lived closer to me, I'd totally be down with watching one in a group setting. Alas, I remain isolated in my obsession. Sigh. No, wait. Double sigh.

Ahem. For those of you who perhaps don't own the series on home video, or just wanna watch the marathon for the hell of it, here's the schedule (times are eastern):

Jul 3
09:00 AM The Rip Van Winkle Caper
09:30 AM Mirror Image
10:00 AM The Lonely
10:30 AM Hocus-pocus And Frisby
11:00 AM The Last Rights Of Jeff Myrtlebank
11:30 AM Mr. Bevis
12:00 PM A Thing About Machines
12:30 PM Number Twelve Looks Just Like You
01:00 PM The Shelter
01:30 PM A Short Drink From A Certain Fountain
02:00 PM I Shot An Arrow Into The Air
02:30 PM A Kind Of Stopwatch
03:00 PM Little Girl Lost
03:30 PM The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms
04:00 PM Mr. Dingle, The Strong
04:30 PM People Are Alike All Over
05:00 PM A Game Of Pool
05:30 PM The Bewitchin' Pool
06:00 PM Death's Head Revisited
06:30 PM Long Distance Call
07:00 PM Living Doll
07:30 PM Nightmare At 20,000 Feet
08:00 PM Time Enough At Last
08:30 PM The Howling Man
09:00 PM The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
09:30 PM The Masks
10:00 PM To Serve Man
10:30 PM Where Is Everybody
11:00 PM It's A Good Life
11:30 PM A Most Unusual Camera

Jul 4th
12:00 AM The Midnight Sun
12:30 AM A Hundred Yards Over The Rim
01:00 AM Nightmare As A Child
01:30 AM I Am The Night - Color Me Black
02:00 AM Nothing In The Dark
02:30 AM The After Hours
03:00 AM The Fear
03:30 AM A Nice Place To Visit
04:00 AM In Praise Of Pip
04:30 AM What's In The Box
05:00 AM Perchance To Dream

08:00 AM Two
08:30 AM The Changing Of The Guard
09:00 AM Dead Man's Shoes
09:30 AM Ninety Years Without Slumbering
10:00 AM The Hunt
10:30 AM The Old Man In The Cave
11:00 AM The Last Flight
11:30 AM The Fever
12:00 PM A Penny For Your Thoughts
12:30 PM Stopover In A Quiet Town
01:00 PM A World Of His Own
01:30 PM Mr. Denton On Doomsday
02:00 PM The Little People
02:30 PM Nick Of Time
03:00 PM The Dummy
03:30 PM And When The Sky Was Opened
04:00 PM Escape Clause
04:30 PM Mr. Garrity And The Graves
05:00 PM Probe 7 Over And Out
05:30 PM One For The Angels
06:00 PM The Obsolete Man
06:30 PM Third From The Sun
07:00 PM The Hitch-hiker
07:30 PM Eye Of The Beholder
08:00 PM Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up
08:30 PM Kick The Can
09:00 PM The Odyssey Of Flight 33
09:30 PM A Stop At Willoughby
10:00 PM Five Characters In Search Of An Exit
10:30 PM The Invaders
11:00 PM I Sing The Body Electric
11:30 PM Walking Distance

July 5th
12:00 AM Night Of The Meek
12:30 AM Night Call
01:00 AM The Grave
01:30 AM Queen Of The Nile
02:00 AM Ring-a-ding Girl
02:30 AM The Four Of Us Are Dying
03:00 AM A Piano In The House
03:30 AM Twenty-two

So it's around 8:30 here. I flipped on SyFy for a quick glance, and what did I see? My all-time MOST HATED EPISODE, the wretched "Mr. Bevis." The print looks blurry, scratchy, and just plain ugly. SyFy has good prints at their disposal (they aired a pristine print of "The Lonely" five or six years ago), so why aren't they airing them? Triple sigh.

1 comment:

Joel Benedict Henderson said...

Now that the show is nearly complete on Blu-ray, there really is no point to watch TZ on Syfy unless you want to know how crappy it can and indeed used to look.

... or you might just have a desire to see Pall-Mall cigarettes blocked out with an obvious gray rectangle.