Z-View Twilight Zone: “King Nine Will Not Return” [Season 2, Episode 1]

Twilight Zone: “King Nine Will Not Return” [Season 2, Episode 1]
Original Air Date: September 30, 1960

Director: Buzz Kulik

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Robert Cummings

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

An American bomber pilot [Cummings] wakes up in the desert lying next to his downed plane.  He has no memory of how he got there and his crew is nowhere to be found.

15 Campy Facts About “Batman”

Jake Rossen and Mental_Floss present 15 Campy Facts About Batman.  Here are three of my favorites

1. A QUARTERBACK FOR THE L.A. RAMS ALMOST PLAYED BATMAN.
The kitschy approach of Adam West was not on producer Ed Graham’s mind when he optioned Batman for a television series from DC Comics (then National Periodical Publications) in 1962. Figuring he could capitalize on a Saturday morning kids’ series similar in tone to the George Reeves-starring Adventures of Superman from the 1950s, Graham struck a deal with CBS and enlisted former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Mike Henry for the title role. With CBS dragging their feet, Henry decided to opt out and play Tarzan instead; ABC was more ambitious about the idea, securing the license from National and moving ahead with producer William Dozier and writer Lorenzo Semple Jr., who agreed the show would work best if it didn’t take itself seriously. (Just seriously enough not to cast a football player.)

6. IT HAD THE LOWEST TEST SCORE OF ANY TV PILOT IN HISTORY.
Before its January 12, 1966 premiere, ABC screened the pilot for a test audience. Using knobs that could express their approval (or disapproval), the group verified the equipment was working when they gave the “control” footage, a Mr. Magoo cartoon, a favorable rating. When Batman ended, it scored in the upper forties, a disastrous number. (Most pilots of the day scored in the mid-sixties.) The national audience, prepared with weeks of advertising to help contextualize the humor, found it funnier: the show was an immediate success.

10. BRUCE LEE SCARED THE TIGHTS OFF OF BURT WARD.
Ward, who fancied himself something of a martial arts expert, once boasted to West that he had sparred with Bruce Lee. When Lee made an appearance on the show as part of a crossover with Dozier’s other series, The Green Hornet, he and Robin were scheduled to have a fight. According to West’s autobiography, Lee showed up to the set wearing a dour expression and looked ready to kill Ward, who put his hands up in a defensive reflex. Lee cracked a smile and called out, “Robin’s a chicken!” Everyone but Ward found this funny.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A World of His Own” [Season 1, Episode 36]

Twilight Zone: “A World of His Own” [Season 1, Episode 36]
Original Air Date: July 1, 1960

Director: Ralph Nelson

Writer: Richard Matheson

Starring: Keenan Wynn, Phyllis Kirk and Mary LaRoche

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When Victoria West [Kirk] returns home unexpectedly she spies her husband, successful writer, Gregory [Wynn] with another woman [LaRoche] in his study.  Victoria hurries in the only entrance/exit to the study and finds her husband alone.  Victoria confronts Gregory but his explanation is unbelievable… but as she sadly learns is true.

In addition to a classic Twilight Zone twist ending, we’re treated to an additional surprise before the ending!

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Mighty Casey” [Season 1, Episode 35]

Twilight Zone: “The Mighty Casey” [Season 1, Episode 35]
Original Air Date: June 17, 1960

Director: Alvin Ganzer and Robert Parrish

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Jack Warden

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Mouth McGarry [Warden] is the manager of the Hoboken Zephyrs, a pro baseball team with a tradition of losing.  This year is no different until McGarry gets an amazing pitcher on the team that single-handedly takes the team to the play-offs.  All is going well until the commission learns that the new pitcher is a robot. McGarry has a plan that will make his robot human enough to play not realizing that this is The Twilight Zone.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The After Hours” [Season 1, Episode 34]

Twilight Zone: “The After Hours” [Season 1, Episode 34]
Original Air Date: June 10, 1960

Director: Douglas Heyes

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Anne Francis

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Marsha White [Francis] is looking for a gift for her mother.  The elevator operator suggests it can be found on the ninth floor and drops her off there.  Although the floor appears to be deserted a saleswoman appears and sells her just what she is looking for.

As she is leaving the store, White realizes the gift is scratched and goes to exchange it.  When explaining she bought the gift on the ninth floor, she is told that there is no ninth floor.  Things get even stranger when White sees the sales lady who sold her the gift.  The sales lady turns out to be a store mannequin.

White feels that if she can get back to the ninth floor the mystery will be revealed… and she is right.

Who’s Batman to You?

Who’s Batman to You?

Lewis Wilson and Robert Lowery are pretty unknown to me.  I’ve seen photos and clips but that’s all.

Adam West was the first and still one of the best to play Batman.  West’s look and delivery was perfect for the type of Batman the 60’s classic tv show wanted.

I was not a Michael Keaton fan.  He didn’t look like the Bruce Wayne or Batman that I always pictured.  I also wasn’t a fan of the Batsuit being armor.  It makes sense but not for the Batman that I grew up with.

Val Kilmer made a decent Batman and a good Bruce Wayne.

George Clooney was in the worst Batman movie but made a good Batman and Bruce Wayne.

Christan Bale (except for the scratchy Batman voice) was excellent in both roles.

I have high hopes for Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce/Batman… not as much for the movie.

Source: ComingSoon.net.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Mr. Bevis” [Season 1, Episode 33]

Twilight Zone: “Mr. Bevis” [Season 1, Episode 33]
Original Air Date: June 3, 1960

Director: William Asher

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Orson Bean and Henry Jones

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Bookkeeper Mr. Bevis [Bean] is a remarkably kind but eccentric man.  After being fired from his job, Bevis meets a “Guardian Angel” who can help him turn his life around if he is willing to make some changes.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Passage for a Trumpet”

Twilight Zone: “A Passage for a Trumpet” [Season 1, Episode 32]
Original Air Date: May 20, 1960

Director: Don Medford

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Jack Klugman and John Anderson

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Trumpeter Joey Crown [Klugman] is at the end of his rope.  He drinks too much and has burned bridges with his friends.  Crown pawns his trumpet (yet again) and is hit by a truck as he leaves the pawn shop.

When Crown wakes up no one can see him.  Believing himself dead, Crown is surprised when he meets a fellow horn player who convinces Crown that all is not lost.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “The Chaser” [Season 1, Episode 31]

Twilight Zone: “The Chaser” [Season 1, Episode 31]
Original Air Date: May 13, 1960

Director: Douglas Heyes

Writer: Robert Presnell Jr. based on a short story by John Collier

Starring: George Grizzard, Patricia Barry and John McIntire

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Roger Shakleforth [Grizzard] is madly in love with a woman [Barry] who will have nothing to do with him.  When Shakleforth learns of a Professor [McIntire] who has created a love potion, Shakleforth knows that he must have it.  Sadly, Shakleforth learns the hard way… be careful what you ask for.

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Stop at Willoughby” [Season 1, Episode 30]

Twilight Zone: “A Stop at Willoughby” [Season 1, Episode 30]
Original Air Date: May 6, 1960

Director: Robert Parrish

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: James Daly

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Gart Williams [Daly] hates his life.  As an ad agency junior executive the pressure is on and business isn’t good.  His home life is just as bad with a wife who nags and pressures him.  On the train home from the city after a particularly bad day at work Williams falls asleep and wakes up at the stop for Willoughby.  He gets out and finds himself transported to a small town back when life was simpler.  Williams returns back to modern time where the pressures at home and work are still there… He decides to find a way back to Willoughby where he can spend the rest of his life.

20 Truths About the “X-Files”

Jennifer M. Wood and Mental_Floss present 20 Truths About the X-Files.  Here are three of my favorites

1. THE IDEA FOR THE SHOW ORIGINATED WITH A PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY.
Chris Carter’s interest in the paranormal was piqued when he read Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/psychiatrist/Harvard Medical School professor John E. Mack’s analysis of a 1991 Roper Poll survey, which stated that at least 3.7 million Americans may have been abducted by aliens. “Everybody wants to hear that story,” Carter told Entertainment Weekly. “[Abduction] is tantamount to a religious experience.”

6. IN REAL LIFE, SCULLY IS THE BELIEVER.
In a 1994 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gillian Anderson admitted that Duchovny was a skeptic and she was the believer. “Psychokinesis appeals to me,” she said. “ESP, telling the future, I love that stuff.”

10. CARTER DIDN’T THINK OF THE SHOW AS SCIENCE FICTION.
“I actually resisted the ‘science fiction’ label in the beginning, because the show is actually based in science,” Carter told WIRED. “If it weren’t for Scully, I think the show could be just kind of loopy. So the science and the accuracy of the science is all-important to the success of the storytelling. I think Steven Spielberg called Close Encounters of the Third Kind ‘speculative science’ and I would say The X-Files, for me, has always fit more into that category.”

Z-View Twilight Zone: “Nightmare as a Child” [Season 1, Episode 29]

Twilight Zone: “Nightmare as a Child” [Season 1, Episode 29]
Original Air Date: April 29, 1960

Director: Alvin Ganzer

Writer: Rod Serling

Starring: Janice Rule and Shepperd Strudwick.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

Helen Foley [Rule] returns to her apartment one day to meet a young girl sitting on the steps outside her door.  The girl knows things about Foley that no one else should know.  Next comes a mysterious man from Foley’s distant past.  What do the little girl and the man have in common and will Foley figure it out before it is too late?

Z-View Twilight Zone: “A Nice Place to Visit” [Season 1, Episode 28]

Twilight Zone: “A Nice Place to Visit” [Season 1, Episode 28]
Original Air Date: April 15, 1960

Director: John Brahm

Writer: Charles Beaumont

Starring: Sebastian Cabot and Larry Blyden.

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When Rocky Valentine [Blyden] wakes up dead after a shootout with the police he meets Pip [Cabot] who is there to help him get accustomed to where Valentine will spend eternity.  Valentine is shocked that he made it to heaven…

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