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The Twilight Pwn: A Twilight Zone Podcast

Apr 17 '14
Yes, the Twilight Pwn is on Spring Break this weekend, but while John and Fred go on a Cabo bender with Robbie the Robot, why not catch up on some vintage Pwn?  There’s time enough at last (apologies) to check out these episodes from the vault….Episode 4: The Brain Center At Whipple’sOne of the worst episodes we’ve seen, yet one of the most fun.  If you’ve wondered what all the Ted DeCorsia references are about, enjoy his vein-bulging monologue from this fifth season classic.

Episode 7: Printer’s DevilA meandering fourth season episode about a struggling newspaper. Highlights include some postmodern music cues, Burgess Meredith as a horndoggin’ devil, and the introduction of the “boner” clip.

Episode 18 - On Thursday We Leave For HomeOne of the few decent fourth season episodes, this one features a group of hat-wearing interstellar colonists enthralled by a charismatic leader, until they’re not.  Most notably, “Thursday,” features the introduction of our favorite bit of nepostic casting, an appearance by young Jojo Kulik.

Yes, the Twilight Pwn is on Spring Break this weekend, but while John and Fred go on a Cabo bender with Robbie the Robot, why not catch up on some vintage Pwn?  There’s time enough at last (apologies) to check out these episodes from the vault….

Episode 4: The Brain Center At Whipple’s
One of the worst episodes we’ve seen, yet one of the most fun.  If you’ve wondered what all the Ted DeCorsia references are about, enjoy his vein-bulging monologue from this fifth season classic.

Episode 7: Printer’s Devil
A meandering fourth season episode about a struggling newspaper. Highlights include some postmodern music cues, Burgess Meredith as a horndoggin’ devil, and the introduction of the “boner” clip.

Episode 18 - On Thursday We Leave For Home
One of the few decent fourth season episodes, this one features a group of hat-wearing interstellar colonists enthralled by a charismatic leader, until they’re not.  Most notably, “Thursday,” features the introduction of our favorite bit of nepostic casting, an appearance by young Jojo Kulik.

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Apr 17 '14
The Twilight Pwn is taking a week off.  We know this is difficult news for the Pwnies.  Please don’t do anything rash. Next week we’ll finally release our episode on Nightmare at 20,000 Feet to the general public, and we’ll be back with a brand new episode on The Masks the week after that! 

The Twilight Pwn is taking a week off.  We know this is difficult news for the Pwnies.  Please don’t do anything rash. Next week we’ll finally release our episode on Nightmare at 20,000 Feet to the general public, and we’ll be back with a brand new episode on The Masks the week after that! 

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Apr 11 '14

Hot or Not: Kilmer Showdown

In our episode on "A Piano In The House," John mentioned that Esther’s crush looked a bit like Val Kilmer.  Though it didn’t make the final cut of the ‘cast, Fred noticed that the navigator in Odyssey of Flight 33 looks Kilmeresque as well.  WHO IS THE KILMERIEST OF THE TWO?!?!?  We leave it to the Pwniac nation to decide. 

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Apr 11 '14
GIVEAWAY CONTEST OMG OMG OMGThese two awesome Twilight Zone action figures could be yours!  All you have to do is Tumbl, Tweet, or Email us your own idea for a Twilight Zone toy (e.g. “Anthony Fremont action figure with real cornfield action! Three-headed gopher not included.”).  We’ll choose a winner by April 27th, so enter to win before then!  And if you like what you see, toywise, check out more awesome TZ toys from this contest’s sponsor, Entertainment Earth.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST OMG OMG OMG

These two awesome Twilight Zone action figures could be yours!  All you have to do is Tumbl, Tweet, or Email us your own idea for a Twilight Zone toy (e.g. “Anthony Fremont action figure with real cornfield action! Three-headed gopher not included.”).  We’ll choose a winner by April 27th, so enter to win before then!  And if you like what you see, toywise, check out more awesome TZ toys from this contest’s sponsor, Entertainment Earth.

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Apr 11 '14

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Episode 56 - The Odyssey of Flight 33

In the fifty-sixth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room,” the 54th episode of Rod Serling’s classic television series, The Twilight Zone.  Topics include a Neil Degrasse Tyson sighting, “freeball jetstream time travel steez,” the debut of John’s movie (www.forseriousmovie.com), and a new giveaway contest!

John’s Rating: 5
Fred’s Rating: 7
IMDB’s Rating: 8.0

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Apr 9 '14

TZ Spotting

Last weekend I updated my cable package so that I could watch the Premier League on NBCSN, just in time to watch Arsenal get destroyed by Everton (the shame!).  Incidentally, I also picked up TCM, a dangerous channel for a nostalgia junkie to have.  Thus far I’ve taken in the African Queen (overrated), an Andy Griffith vehicle (charming), and a bizarre silent movie called Old San Francisco about a Chinese gangster who keeps a midget in a cage (what?).  Last night was Billy Wilder’s classic courtroom drama “Witness For the Prosecution.” Though it takes place firmly within the observable world, the movie has kind of a Twilight Zoney twist ending, a fact the producers were very aware of - over the end credits an announcer pleads with the departing audience “not to tell any of your friends about the twist!”  Kinda wish Rod had done that from time to time.  Anyway.  More importantly, I spotted a TZ actor in a non-speaking cameo.  Remember Patrick Whyte from After Hours?  The officious Department Store bro?  Mr. Sloan?  He was in it.  Fun right?  Fun.

-Fred 

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Apr 3 '14

Thanks!  We just cracked 50,000 downloads of the podcast, and like Henry Corwin in Night of the Meek, we’re overwhelmed with joy and booze.  We wanted to once again say thank you to everyone who has listened and taken the time to tell your friends about the ‘cast or write us a nice review on iTunes. To say thanks, we’ll be announcing another giveaway contest soon!  Hope you guys are enjoying riffing through the Twilight Zone with us thus far.  If you have any comments, suggestions, thoughts, etc. be sure to drop us a line.  

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Apr 3 '14

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Episode 55 - Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room

In the fifty-fifth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room,” the 39th episode of Rod Serling’s classic television series, The Twilight Zone.  Topics include an analysis of bunko, a musical hot-or-not, and vague directions leading to mass murder. 

John’s Rating: 7
Fred’s Rating: 6
IMDB’s Rating: 7.1

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Apr 1 '14
In a nutshell, the first-season episode “Elegy” is about three astronauts who try and figure out why the inhabitants of a strange asteroid are frozen in place. They toss around a number of theories - one of which is based loosely around Einstein’s work on relativity, the idea that time could have sped up or slowed down, leading to the “illusion” that the asteroid dwellers are standing still, when in fact they are moving, just slowly.  It’s a red herring, the real answer is more…ahem…grounded, but that concept has inspired a number of plots in other shows. 
In our podcast on “Elegy,” I (Fred) nerdily pointed out that a great episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation features that very premise.  It’s called Timescape, and it features a festive scene of Picard going nuts.  Watch it here.
John, always the crowd pleaser, pointed out that an episode of Duck Tales, Time Teasers, features some similar theories.  In it, Hubert, Louis, and Deuteronomy borrow one of Gizmo’s inventions, a watch that controls the speed of time, and in a shocking twist, mischief ensues.  Watch it here

In a nutshell, the first-season episode “Elegy” is about three astronauts who try and figure out why the inhabitants of a strange asteroid are frozen in place. They toss around a number of theories - one of which is based loosely around Einstein’s work on relativity, the idea that time could have sped up or slowed down, leading to the “illusion” that the asteroid dwellers are standing still, when in fact they are moving, just slowly.  It’s a red herring, the real answer is more…ahem…grounded, but that concept has inspired a number of plots in other shows. 

In our podcast on “Elegy,” I (Fred) nerdily pointed out that a great episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation features that very premise.  It’s called Timescape, and it features a festive scene of Picard going nuts.  Watch it here.

John, always the crowd pleaser, pointed out that an episode of Duck Tales, Time Teasers, features some similar theories.  In it, Hubert, Louis, and Deuteronomy borrow one of Gizmo’s inventions, a watch that controls the speed of time, and in a shocking twist, mischief ensues.  Watch it here

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Mar 31 '14
The Prop ZoneSeen above is a still from “The 16 Millimeter Shrine” (episode three of our podcast) and below a still from “Elegy” (episode fifty-four of our podcast).  The TZ production crew used the same staircase (and probably the same backdrop) for both episodes…

The Prop Zone
Seen above is a still from “The 16 Millimeter Shrine” (episode three of our podcast) and below a still from “Elegy” (episode fifty-four of our podcast).  The TZ production crew used the same staircase (and probably the same backdrop) for both episodes…

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Mar 28 '14
Next week we’re doing “Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room”…if you have any thoughts on this episode, please email or tweet at us!  We’ll share your thoughts on the ‘cast….

Next week we’re doing “Nervous Man In A Four Dollar Room”…if you have any thoughts on this episode, please email or tweet at us!  We’ll share your thoughts on the ‘cast….

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Mar 28 '14

theblogofmystery asked:

In regards to the whole "checking of science facts" thing that you guys talked about in Elegy, I remember reading somewhere that Rod Serling once made a mention to a fifth quadrant in one of his scripts and the director of the episode basically said to him, "Uh, how can there be a fifth QUADrant, Rod?". I guess he just liked the way it sounded. From that I gather that Mr. Serling had no real concern for science, facts, or, apparently, math.

twilightpwn:

twilightpwn:

twilightpwn:

Nice insight.  Kinda reminds me of how the band in the 90s sorta-classic “Airheads” were called “The Lone Rangers.”  ”Well, there’s three of you. You’re not exactly lone. Shouldn’t you be the Three Rangers?” -J

Hey Guys, just to chime in here, from reading Martin Grams’ Moby Dick-length Twilight Zone trivia book, I’ve learned that apparently the TZ sent all its scripts to something called the “Deforest Research Group” (or something like that, I don’t have the book in front of me), essentially a fact-checking service for television shows.  Throughout Grams’ book, there are frequent references to the Deforest group recommending truly nitpicky changes, along the lines of “in ‘One For The Angels,’ it is unlikely that the tenement children would refer to Lou Bookman by his first name.  Please change.”  So it just strikes me as surprising that obvious numerical goofs such as those would sneak their way in… - F

I didn’t know we could reblog our own posts.  This changes everything. - J

I like the hashtag on that one - F

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Mar 28 '14

theblogofmystery asked:

In regards to the whole "checking of science facts" thing that you guys talked about in Elegy, I remember reading somewhere that Rod Serling once made a mention to a fifth quadrant in one of his scripts and the director of the episode basically said to him, "Uh, how can there be a fifth QUADrant, Rod?". I guess he just liked the way it sounded. From that I gather that Mr. Serling had no real concern for science, facts, or, apparently, math.

twilightpwn:

twilightpwn:

Nice insight.  Kinda reminds me of how the band in the 90s sorta-classic “Airheads” were called “The Lone Rangers.”  ”Well, there’s three of you. You’re not exactly lone. Shouldn’t you be the Three Rangers?” -J

Hey Guys, just to chime in here, from reading Martin Grams’ Moby Dick-length Twilight Zone trivia book, I’ve learned that apparently the TZ sent all its scripts to something called the “Deforest Research Group” (or something like that, I don’t have the book in front of me), essentially a fact-checking service for television shows.  Throughout Grams’ book, there are frequent references to the Deforest group recommending truly nitpicky changes, along the lines of “in ‘One For The Angels,’ it is unlikely that the tenement children would refer to Lou Bookman by his first name.  Please change.”  So it just strikes me as surprising that obvious numerical goofs such as those would sneak their way in…

I didn’t know we could reblog our own posts.  This changes everything. - J

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Mar 28 '14

Hot Or Not: The Fishing Guy from “Elegy” and John Updike

Hear Fred defend the comparison in our episode on “Elegy”

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Mar 28 '14

theblogofmystery asked:

In regards to the whole "checking of science facts" thing that you guys talked about in Elegy, I remember reading somewhere that Rod Serling once made a mention to a fifth quadrant in one of his scripts and the director of the episode basically said to him, "Uh, how can there be a fifth QUADrant, Rod?". I guess he just liked the way it sounded. From that I gather that Mr. Serling had no real concern for science, facts, or, apparently, math.

twilightpwn:

Nice insight.  Kinda reminds me of how the band in the 90s sorta-classic “Airheads” were called “The Lone Rangers.”  ”Well, there’s three of you. You’re not exactly lone. Shouldn’t you be the Three Rangers?” -J

Hey Guys, just to chime in here, from reading Martin Grams’ Moby Dick-length Twilight Zone trivia book, I’ve learned that apparently the TZ sent all its scripts to something called the “Deforest Research Group” (or something like that, I don’t have the book in front of me), essentially a fact-checking service for television shows.  Throughout Grams’ book, there are frequent references to the Deforest group recommending truly nitpicky changes, along the lines of “in ‘One For The Angels,’ it is unlikely that the tenement children would refer to Lou Bookman by his first name.  Please change.”  So it just strikes me as surprising that obvious numerical goofs such as those would sneak their way in…

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