Romancing the Zone
Think of The Twilight Zone, and the word “romance” hardly leaps to mind. The home of malevolent dolls, hostile aliens and unpredictable time travel seems an unlikely place to make a love connection, right?
Not necessarily. Go a little deeper, and you find all kinds of flirtation in the fifth dimension. You just have to know where to look.
But fear not. With the help of fellow TZ fan Wendy, I did the looking for you. Beginning on Feb. 1, we did our own daily countdown to Valentine’s Day with tweets that we hashtagged #BeMyTZValentine. The idea was to take a TZ episode and dream up a little date for the couple that starred in it.
My policy is always “ladies first,” so Wendy started us off and took all the odd-numbered dates, while I took the even-numbered ones. Here’s what we came up with. The episode name is in parentheses:
Feb. 1: Don loads the Mystic Seer with his own special fortunes for Pat. “Does he love me?” Fortune: ~More than life itself~ (Nick of Time)
Feb. 2: Gregory uses his dictation machine to create a candlelit dinner for him and Mary, complete with flowers and a fire. (A World of His Own)
Feb. 3: The Major hoists the other three out of the barrel and smiles at the ballerina because they’re now finally alone. (Five Characters in Search of an Exit)
Feb. 4: Corry tells Allenby to forget the pardon; loving Alicia has already set him free. That night, they go star-gazing. (The Lonely)
Feb. 5: After a late picnic in the park, Scott gives Ellen his leather jacket and takes her on a midnight motorcycle ride. (Black Leather Jackets)
Feb. 6: Edward takes Maya to the carnival, where he tips the ferris-wheel operator to make sure they get stuck at the top. (Perchance to Dream)
Feb. 7: Joey and Nan dance on the rooftop. Then Joey takes out his trumpet to serenade Nan. “Joey, you’re playing my song!” (A Passage for Trumpet)
Feb. 8: John’s poker lessons pay off. Surprising Marie with an additional $5,000, together they return to the New Life Corp. (The Trade-Ins)
Feb. 9: After the coon hunt, Hyder takes Rachel to the square dance. All the angels smile when Rip tries to join in. (The Hunt)
Feb. 11: Douglas and Sandra make the space trip together. They return to earth, 40 years older, but more in love than ever. (The Long Morrow)
Feb. 12: Gregory makes romantic dinner plans with Esther. He puts a new roll on the player piano: “I Only Have Eyes For You.” (A Piano in the House)
Feb. 13: After careful consideration, Arthur and Edna wish for the only thing they truly want — more time together. (The Man in the Bottle)
Feb. 14: Pedott hands a couple two tickets to Rome, and two tickets to the Galleria Borghese. “It’s what you need,” he says. (What You Need)
The big day had finally arrived, but we wanted to list more. So we posted:
- While visiting the museum, Charley pops the question to Alice. He then surprises her with new cards for their stereoscope. (Miniature)
- James arranges the perfect evening with Agnes, the supercomputer: virtual chess, some quadratic equations, and Sims: Romance. (From Agnes — With Love)
- Pat bribes the mechanic to keep the car until 3:00 so that she and Don can stay and share an ice cream sundae and the jukebox. (Nick of Time)
- Hector “overhears” Miss Turner thinking of the ideal date —and takes her out for the best Valentine’s Day she’s ever had. (A Penny for Your Thoughts)
As Millicent McKenzie says in “Passage on the Lady Anne,” one of the hour-long TZ episodes:
Love has its own particular point of view. It sees everything larger than life. Nothing is too ornate, too fanciful, too dramatic.
Nothing at all, my friends. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all.
P.S. Bonus! We also noticed on Feb. 13 that “CandyHeartRejects” was trending on Twitter. So we came up with a few of our own and tagged them #TZCandyHeartRejects:
- “I’m What You Need”
- “Do I Look Insane?”
- “Going My Way?”
- “Room for One More, Honey”
- “Think Bad Thoughts”
- “Let’s Get Off at Willoughby”
- “I’m Going to Kill You”
- “You Are OBSOLETE”
- “I Want to Stay Ugly”
- “Got a ‘Big Tall Wish’ For You”
Got a #BeMyTZValentine or a #TZCandyHeartReject? Feel free to add them below!
Hoping you all find love, no matter where you are in the fifth dimension.
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!