Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.
[Opening narration - season 3]
You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!
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How much do we really know about our next door neighbors? The pleasant
facade they masquerade around becomes a stilted and decorative shield
for them when their prevailing circumstances are totally cop aesthetic.
What happens though, when adversity besieges, and the obligatory veneer
is stripped away? The affable camaraderie of your friendly neighborhood
kindred spirit, (otherwise known as your neighbor) becomes abruptly,
and instantaneously obviated with these circumstances, and now, your
neighbor is now a vulgar,venomous, vile, gut-wrenching, self-absorbed-
for- survival- mode, monstrous parasite! This episode "The Shelter" is
unequivocally,one of the best "Twilight Zone" segments out of the
entire series! While it is compared to "The Monsters Are Due On Maple
Street", I felt that "The Shelter" was a great deal more compelling.
The intensity of the characters' excoriation was extremely gripping
with the episode. As opposed to "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street"
where the people extracted a little too much exaggerated paranoia. The
cast was very well put together, including Jack Albertson and Larry
Gates. (Gates played a doctor, and was down in the basement in the
"Twilight Zone's" "The Shelter", just like he was in the movie "Cat on
a Hot Tin Roof" ). "The Shelter" possesses a vitriolic contempt with
which these threatened individuals harbored! This enmity is far more of
a lethal arsenal than any defense weapon around. How much do we hate?
What exactly is it that we are thoroughly willing to do just to stay
alive? The desperation, the prejudice, the primal fears, and the
scruple less non cooperation we capitulate to at the first sign of
terror, becomes a grim scenario that is truly alarming!! This "Twilight
Zone" segment "The Shelter" purveys an incredibly desperate acrimony
which basically admonishes the entire human race. This false alarm for
apocalyptic calamity with this "Twilight Zone" segment has encapsulated
an aggregate character assassination for all of these New York suburban
misanthropes who became victimized by this precariously macabre
situation. You might want to look in the mirror and attempt to reaffirm
the distinction between man and beast after watching this "Twilight
Zone" episode. I did, and, quite frankly, such a situation that "The
Shelter" brought before me, has made it very difficult for me to
distinguish any comfortable dichotomy between human beings, and a
bloodthirsty wolf pack!! This wry little epigram definitely put me in
an frightfully horrid mood, particularly on a philosophical level! Rod
Serling hones in on the rudimentary instincts of man, which are for
better, or, for worse, Serling accomplishes this parody in a very
successful manner too! What is the most significant aspect to Rod
Serling's works is the esoteric element to them that transcends the
importance of television ratings and popularity! This intriguing
quality is one whereby the paradigms in which Rod Serling manifests
were stunningly pertinent to the thought patterns of modern twentieth
century America! I do not mean that these ideas were remotely similar
to Eisenhower era conceptions, I mean that Serling pinpoints many U.S.
cold war ideologies with an utterly succinct and identifiable accuracy!
Rod Serling had attained such a creative stranglehold on television
entertainment with "Twilight Zone" that it almost seemed as though
programming approval from CBS President, William Paley, became
relegated to the triviality of a tertiary concern! So many "Twilight
Zone" segments were fabulous, and I feel that this episode of "Twilight
Zone" entitled "The Shelter" was totally outstanding as well!!
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