Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SyFy's 4th of July Twilight Zone marathon 2013

Well, the 4th of July is upon us once again, and SyFy is presenting yet another Twilight Zone marathon.  Here’s the schedule (all times in Eastern):

08:00 AM  Walking Distance
08:30 AM  The Shelter
09:00 AM  The Old Man In The Cave
09:30 AM  People Are Alike All Over
10:00 AM  Probe 7 Over And Out
10:30 AM  A Kind Of a Stopwatch
11:00 AM  A Hundred Yards Over The Rim
11:30 AM  A Game Of Pool
12:00 PM  A Most Unusual Camera
12:30 PM  Stopover In A Quiet Town
01:00 PM  Number Twelve Looks Just Like You
01:30 PM  I Sing The Body Electric
02:00 PM  Five Characters In Search Of An Exit
02:30 PM  Nick Of Time
03:00 PM  Kick The Can
03:30 PM  Where Is Everybody?
04:00 PM  It’s A Good Life
04:30 PM  The Hitch-hiker
05:00 PM  Third From The Sun
05:30 PM  The Invaders
06:00 PM  The Masks
06:30 PM  Living Doll
07:00 PM  The Obsolete Man
07:30 PM  Time Enough At Last
08:00 PM  A Stop At Willoughby
08:30 PM  Eye Of The Beholder
09:00 PM  To Serve Man
09:30 PM  Nightmare At 20,000 Feet
10:00 PM  Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?
10:30 PM  The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street
11:00 PM  The Howling Man
11:30 PM  The Odyssey Of Flight 33
12:00 AM The Midnight Sun
12:30 AM  The Bewitchin' Pool
01:00 AM  The Dummy
01:30 AM  Dead Man's Shoes
02:00 AM  Night Of The Meek
02:30 AM  Night Call
03:00 AM  A Penny For Your Thoughts
03:30 AM  Long Distance Call
04:00 AM  Little Girl Lost
04:30 AM  The After Hours
05:00 AM  The Little People
05:30 AM  Caesar And Me

Season 1 = blue (9 episodes)
Season 2 = red (12 episodes)
Season 3 = green (12 episodes)
Season 4 = N/A
Season 5 = orange (11 episodes)

Length of marathon:  22 hours
Total episodes: 44

The marathon lasts 22 hours, and is comprised of 44 half-hour episodes. Season 4 is nowhere to be found (which doesn’t particularly bother me, since I very recently completed the arduous task of reviewing the entire season with supersized blog entries to match the double-length format).  The other four seasons could’ve been equally represented with 11 episodes from each, which is NOT the case (the first season, which is by far the best, is only granted 9 episodes).  But you know what?  I don’t give a damn either way, since I won’t be watching it.  I can’t abide the syndication cuts, the crappy image quality, and the intrusive commercials.  Your mileage may vary, of course.


Scott Stevenson said...

Hi Craig.
Horror of horrors.
I watched the premiere episode of the SYFY marathon (my all time favorite episode "Walking Distance") and almost lost my lunch when I realized that the scene with Ron Howard was cut out for syndication.
What a disgrace.

Craig Beam said...

...EXACTLY why nobody should ever watch The Twilight Zone on Syfy (or any other channel). Invest in the DVDs or, better yet, the blu-rays.

Bill Huelbig said...

The cutting and the commercials bother me too, and yet I never miss at least several hours of these marathons. Maybe it has something to do with the show being submitted for the approval of millions of people at the same time, the same way I first experienced it in 1959-63? I also like seeing how long it takes to guess what the episode is from the first line of dialogue or notes of music.