10 of the Best Twilight Zone Episodes
This week marks the 54th anniversary of Rod Serling’s seminal science fiction television series that transported viewers into unknown dimensions — of sight, sound and of mind. One of the best TV shows to come out of the 1960s without having lost any of its appeal. Here are 10 of some of the best Twilight Zone episodes. Which are your favorites?
1 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet — William “Captain Kirk” Shatner stars in what might be the most famous and revered of all Twilight Zone episodes.
2 To Serve Man — In this episode, mankind has seemingly found a benevolent alien savior in the form of the Kanamits — a race of towering space travelers who are all too willing to help Earth eradicate the problems of hunger and war.
3 The Eye of the Beholder — A young woman undergoes surgery to improve her appearance and look like everyone else. It all becomes clear when the doctors and nurses faces are revealed.
4 Time Enough at Last — After getting his wish to be rid of people, he is stuck in a world with all the time and books he could ever want and no way to enjoy them.
5 It’s a Good Life — A boy with incredible psychic powers who holds everyone around him hostage. And if they displease him, he simply thinks them out of existence.
6 The Invaders — A woman takes on tiny alien beings who accost her at her isolated farmhouse with an incredible twist at the end.
7 The Monsters are Due on Maple Street — This episode is another tale that asks the viewers to decide who the real monsters are: the alien invaders or their very own friends and neighbors? The invaders conclude that the best way to destroy mankind is to let us destroy ourselves.
8 Living Doll — A man isn’t a fan of his stepdaughter’s new “Talky Tina” doll, especially after she starts telling him she’s going to kill him.
9 Walking Distance — A man revisits his childhood (literally). It’s not the typical Twilight Zone story, but it stands as one of the best tales in the series and one of Serling’s finest moments.
10 Five Characters in Search of an Exit — An army major wakes up in a metal cylinder and meets a hobo, a ballet dancer, a bagpiper, and a clown. This episode features one of the best surprise endings of the series.
This incredible vintage/medieval-styled illustration features fantasy creatures placed in incredible inverse scenarios. The riddle contains 29 inversions. Find them all.
Art project by Sveta Dorosheva.
Anatomy of Mythological Creatures
From the wickedly creative mind of artist and author E.B. Hudspeth comes a series of illustrations depicting mythological beasts in the meticulously labeled style of anatomy textbooks.
The images here are borrowed from Hudspeth’s The Resurrectionist, a two-part volume that includes The Codex Extinct Animalia, “a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts, [including] dragons, centaurs, Pegasus, Cerberus” and others.
Jules Verne’s Amazing Tombstone, Amiens, France
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was one of the most innovative and visionary writers of the 19th century. He was a pioneer of both the science fiction and fantasy/adventure genres of writing. He wrote such famed novels as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Center of the Earth and many more. His books are better known from the many films they inspired. The famed author passed away from complications of diabetes at the age of 77 in Amiens, France, where he was buried in the Cimetière de la Madeleine.
Two years after his death in 1907, a sculpture entitled “Vers l’Immortalité et l’Eternelle Jeunesse” (“Towards immortality and Eternal Youth”) was erected atop his tombstone. Designed by sculptor Albert Roze, and using the actual death mask of the writer, the statue depicts the shrouded figure of Jules Verne breaking out of his own tombstone, emerging from the grave and reaching up towards the heavens.
An illustration of Jules Verne’s tombstone monument was featured on the May 1934 (Vol 9, No 1.) cover of the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories.
Intricately Detailed Pen and Ink Drawings
These incredibly intricate drawings are filled with fantastical creatures and surreal landscapes. Amazingly detailed with both storybook and fantasy imagery, the illustrations tell amazing tales of different dimensions and alternate realities.
The drawings are made with India ink, a crow quill point pen and the help of a magnifying glass. Each drawings takes anywhere from 3 months to 3 years depending on size and complexity. Many of his drawings are in the Permanent Collection of the Boston Public Library, the John D. Merriam Collection and private collections.
The Flying Dragon
Draco volans, or the Flying Dragon, is a species of gliding lizard found in Indonesia. They have folds of skin attached to their ribs that form wings and can glide for distances of up to 8 meters (25 feet). Their wings are brightly colored with orange, red and blue spots and stripes and provide camouflage when folded. They are amazing little creatures.