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May 4, 2004

It’s a good life. Via Michael Bérubé, Jerome Bixby explains the Bush Administration. [02:01 PM]
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Kip Manley ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2004, 02:11 PM:

Myself, I think more than a few folks are starting to feel like William Shatner, hauled gibbering off that plane while the crew stands around looking at the chewed-up engine saying, gee, I wonder what fucked it all up so badly? --Except actually I don't think the plane has landed yet. Not in this analogy. I'm starting to worry about whether it can.

BSD ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2004, 03:12 PM:

People often forget that the Twilight Zone, like much of SF then and now, is deliberate social commentary or warning-pieces.

And decidedly liberal, too boot.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2004, 04:18 PM:

"He was a bad man. That's why I sicced Robert Novak on him."

Arthur D. Hlavaty ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2004, 05:39 PM:

I've heard that the liberals are too expensive boot and the conservatives are too jackboot.

DonBoy ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2004, 10:28 PM:

The Bremer thing put me in mind of The Manchurian Candidate:

"[George W. Bush] is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: May 04, 2004, 11:03 PM:

Kip, the plane will land, but it will land in 1939.

Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2004, 12:41 AM:

Either that, Kip and Kip, or someone will, after reading the Republican Platform, run screaming, "It's a cookbook!"

Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2004, 01:29 AM:

Gotta go lock myself in a bank vault. With several pairs of reading glasses. Unbreakable ones. And my key to the library, of course.

Mark Wise ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2004, 07:49 AM:

I recently rewatched B5 on Sci-Fi. The second time around, war and news manipulation didn't seem nearly as farfetched. Sometimes Art doesn't just imitate Life; Art shows up as a super-powered, body double robot with an attitude. Oy.

Andy Perrin ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2004, 09:32 AM:

Hmm...in that episode, if I remember right, the kid makes everyone watch TV. And the kid controls the TV.

Something to think about.

Buzz ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2004, 01:59 PM:

Twilight zone is actually some very toned down social commentary. The history of Rod Serling is fascinating. The guy was incredible. Playhouse 90 was an earlier project, a live drama, in which the social commentary was more scathing of real problems. Soon the network came down hard and began censoring the show due to pressure from advertisers (sound familiar?). Serling had to find creative ways to separate the characters and scenarios in the show from real people and organizations. His battles with the network left him bitter over the issue. Twilight Zone is pretty benign compared with Playhouse 90, but Serling made it work wonderfully.

Avedon ::: (view all by) ::: May 13, 2004, 08:37 PM:

I would just like to say that I have quite enjoyed this thread.

Meridy ::: (view all by) ::: May 14, 2004, 12:55 PM:

What a great thread, though I'm chiming in very late.

The Twilight Zone ep was fabulous, but the Bixby story was even better. Scarier than hell.

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: May 14, 2004, 01:52 PM:

It's a good thread. It's good that things are at such a state that we have to have conversations like this.

I'd rather just talk about Twilight Zone, I think. Or Third Rock, when Shatner played The Giant Head and when they pick him up at the airport, he says he had this terrible flight, with this thing out on the wing that nobody else could see. And John Lithgow says, "That's exactly what happened to me!"

Happy thoughts.

Avedon at work ::: (view all by) ::: May 14, 2004, 04:55 PM:

Aw, Kip, this is how we stay sane. I have been so freaked out all week even my jokes don't feel like jokes.

[breathy] I need you, baby. [breathy]

Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: June 21, 2004, 10:53 AM:

Andy, does he control the horizontal? Does he control the vertical?

(flashback to an apa one-shot by Balfour and Tymon begins -- the portentious voice continues)

"...We can bring the picture into sharp focus, or reduce it to a soft blur. We can even push the TV set off the table!" CRASH