Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Forgotten Gems and Mystery

A long time ago in 1959 when I was six years old my Mom made the mistake of letting me stay up one night to watch a new TV show called The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling.

I can remember the first broadcast episode like it was yesterday.  It was called ‘Where Is Everybody?’.

The episode featured a man who wanders into a small American town.  He soon discovers that there is no one there even though he can hear voices and music and manages to arrive in different stores only to find half-smoked cigarettes and partially eaten food.

It freaked me out!  And yet, I faithfully watched The Twilight Zone through its entire network run.

Through it all I experienced fear, shock, surprise and even humor.  I was never disappointed and to this day I am still a big fan of the original series.

Andrew Ramage edits a collection of Twilight Zone scripts lovingly recreated in their entirety courtesy of BearManor Media.

In Forgotten Gems From The Twilight Zone Volumes 1 & 2, twelve classic episode scripts (plus one revised final act and one revised shooting script) are included in the two books.

Relive such classic episodes like ‘Long Distance Call’, I Dream Of Genie’, ‘Dreamflight’ and more that invite you to take a trip to the unexpected and shadowy world of The Twilight Zone.

Forewords and script descriptions bring the episodes to life by providing special highlights, little known facts and interesting tidbits of information.

“You are about to enter 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!”

Get ready to relive ‘100 Wonderful Television Mysteries From The Seventies’ in Donna Marie Nowak’s new Mad About Mystery book.

I don’t much care for the modern TV mysteries. 

Oh sure, there are few bright spots like N.C.I.S. and a smattering of others, including British Mysteries, but none of them compare to the TV Mysteries of the 1970s.

How could they?  Just look at what TV had to offer: Cannon, Charlie’s Angels, Columbo, Ironside, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, McCloud, Rockford Files and over a dozen more classic series.

And let’s not forget the Made-For-TV Mystery movies.  Literally dozens exist.

It was a great time to be a Mystery fan.  I know, I was there.

Characters and shows had class back then.  A clear line between good and evil was carefully defined.

The little guy stood up to the powers that were and in the end-triumphed.  Joe Mannix always got his man as did Cannon, Ironside and the other lone wolf detectives and law enforcement officers.

Social issues were taken on but not in a preachy way.  Viewers were left up to decide their own conclusions.

And…the shows were fun to watch—as a family.  Sure there was violence but not the kind of in-your-face type you see that is prevalent in films and TV today.

Foul language-you never heard it.  Blood and guts-nowhere in sight, only alluded to.

Sure, the shows could be full of fluff and slightly na├»ve.  But, who wanted reality slapped in their faces each night while watching entertainment TV when bad news was all over the evening news?

What I really enjoy about the book is the interesting, fact-filled, behind-the-scenes goodies provided by the writer and several of the cast and crew behind the series.

It’s a wonderful Mystery Memory Lane excursion that is sure to please fans of the decade and genre.