“You’re Traveling Through Another Dimension …”
Everyone knows the theme music to The Twilight Zone. So well, in fact, that it’s a kind of shorthand “name” for the series itself at times. An odd thing will happen, and someone will go, “De do, de do, de do, de do …”
But while TZ’s musical signature lasted nearly the entire length of the series, the opening credits changed fairly often. The visual elements and Serling’s narration shifted almost from week to week at times, at least during the first three seasons.
Tinkering aside, though, The Twilight Zone featured three main opening credits: the clouds-landscape-starfield montage of Season 1 (the only one with different theme music), the swirling vortex of Seasons 2 and 3, and the shattering window-eyeball-ticking clock images of Seasons 4 and 5.
The question is, which one is the best? Here’s your chance to sound off. Play the videos below in case you need to refresh your memory, and vote. (Note from Anthony: Non-voters risk a trip to the cornfield!)
Candidate 1 (Season 1)
Candidate 2 (Season 2/Season 3)
Starting with Season 2, however, it switched to the now-famous theme written by composer Marius Constant, along with the swirling vortex and a shorter, more terse intro by Serling:
Candidate 3 (Season 4/Season 5)
Beginning with Season 4, the series shifted to the visual elements that people associate most closely with the series: the window, the eye, the clock. The diver and the “E=MC2” is a nice touch as well:
So which intro works best for you?
Remember, don’t let anyone sway your vote. Except Talky Tina. ALWAYS LISTEN TO TALKY TINA. O_o
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!