A Stop at Syfy: Some Twilight Zone Marathon Musings
I’ve been poring over the list of episodes for the upcoming Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy (I can tell you’re shocked) and, well, some random thoughts occurred to me:
- If you’re a fan of Season 4, you’re out of luck. Syfy won’t be showing any of its 18 hour-long episodes. Now, I think we can all agree that TZ is best suited to the half-hour format, so I suppose their decision is a practical one, but in the past, they’ve nearly always worked in a couple of them here and there.
- If you’re fan of Seasons 3 and 5, you’re definitely in luck. Syfy will be running every episode from both of those seasons.
- As for Seasons 1 and 2, it’s not bad: They’re showing about half of S2 (15 of its 29 episodes) and roughly two-thirds of S1 (23 of its 36 episodes). Unfortunately, a lot of them (at least when it comes to S1) are clumped up toward the end, in the wee hours of January 2, when viewership is sure to have dropped off.
- I realize they can’t include every episode (except the one time they did, back when we rang in 2016), but honestly, no “The Howling Man”? No “Mirror Image”? No “A World of His Own”? Heck, no “Night of the Meek”? It’s the Christmas season! Especially when we’re getting “Young Man’s Fancy”, “Showdown with Rance McGrew”, and “Cavender is Coming”, all of which make my list of least-favorite episodes.
- Once again, the prime-time slots on the 31st and the 1st are filled with the really famous episodes — “The Invaders”, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and so on. I understand the appeal of a greatest-hits approach, but why not shake it up for a change? People might discover a new favorite, instead of again seeing an old one they can probably recite in their sleep.
- “Four O’Clock” at 4:00 pm on the 31st? Nice touch. But putting “The Bewitchin’ Pool” at 11:30 pm on the same day is a wasted opportunity. Why not air “The Masks” then, as they did last year? That way, you and the characters are all waiting for midnight together.
- They’re not hosting any prime-time voting this year, which is kind of a shame (though part of me is glad to just know what they’ll be showing). Fans seemed to really enjoy picking between two episodes for each of those slots.
- And finally, if you like “Nothing in the Dark”, then this is the marathon for you. Syfy is inexplicably showing it twice: once at 9:30 am on the 31st, and again at 6:30 am on the 2nd.
I should also note (as I did in my marathon-schedule post) that Decades network will be airing a slate of TZ episodes this New Year’s as well. Their reach, alas, isn’t as far as Syfy’s, so I won’t be live-tweeting that one, but for those who can get it and are interested, here’s a link.
What are your thoughts on this year’s line-up? Feel free to sound off below. But not too loudly. Anthony’s getting ready to “make television”, and you do not want to break his concentration.
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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!