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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 21

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The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug and Whit as they discuss the 21st episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone first season. The group took the month of January off and sadly Claymation Werewolf and Phishbon3s had pressing matters that didn’t allow them to record for this episode but they were there in spirit at least!

There are two segments for Doug and Whit to discuss this time, “Need to Know” and “Red Snow”.

“Need to Know”
Twilight Zone - Need to Know
Edward Sayers (William Petersen), a government scientist is sent to a small town to help investigate an outbreak of insanity which is overtaking the town. With the help of a local woman named Amanda Strickland (Frances McDormand), they discover a frightening fact…the insanity may in fact be a new type of disease in the form of an idea, a short phrase that is being spread person to person. Is it too late for Edward to stop the infection?

“Red Snow”
Twilight Zone - Red Snow
Russian KGB Colonel Ilyanov (George Dzundza) is sent by train to a Siberian town because someSoviet Communist Party officials have been murdered. One of the first things he notices is that the victims have been drained of all of their blood. The mystery deepens when he is introduced to Valentina (Victoria Tennant), a young woman this the KGB agent’s records state was sent to the town over 50 years ago! Colonel Ilyanov get to the bottom of the mystery before becoming part of it himself?

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post and drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let Doug if you agree or disagree with his decisions on the merit of each segment?

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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 20

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The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug, Claymation Werewolf, and Phishbon3s as they discuss the 20th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone first season.

There are only two segments for the 80s Anthologies crew to tackle this go around, “Profile In Silver” and “Button, Button”.

“Profile In Silver”
Twilight Zone - Profile In Silver
Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald (Lane Smith) is a Harvard Professor of history in the year 2172 who has traveled back in time to witness the assassination of one of his descendants…John F. Kennedy (Andrew Robinson). The Professor while only being there as a witness finds himself unable to restrain himself and prevents the assassination from taking place but have his actions now made the world a darker place…and can the timeline be repaired?

“Button, Button”
Twilight Zone - Button, Button
Arthur (Brad Davis) and Norma (Mare Winningham) are a couple that are facing the very real possibility of reaching abject poverty. However they receive a note one morning attached to a box with a clear dome, and within is a button, the note informs them that Mr. Steward (Basil Hoffman) will be by to visit them. When Arthur is away from the home, Mr. Steward appears at the front door to inform Norma that if they press the button in the box two events will occur, someone they do not know will die and they will receive a payment of $200,000. A battle of wills begins between Arthur and Norma…will the button be pressed?

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post and drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 13

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No, friends, you are not seeing double! The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug, Claymation Werewolf, and Phishbon3s as they discuss the 13th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone first season. While I am no longer able to record with the gang in person they have graciously allowed me to continue to prerecord info on the notable cast and crew of the segments…so that I live up to the name Vicarious Vic Sage.

The 80s Anthologies crew has been saving this Christmas Season one up, that is why the last podcast was episode 19. There are three segments being reviewed this time, “Night of the Meek”, “But Can She Type?”, and “The Star”. I believe the “Night of the Meek” segment is the first that is an actual remake of an original Twilight Zone episode, that being “The Night of the Meek” from 1960.

“Night of the Meek”
Night of the Meek - Twilight Zone
When department store Santa, Henry Corwin (Richard Mulligan), shops up on the job in an inebriated state, he is promptly sacked and given a verbal dressing down by the store owner, Mr. Dundee (William Atherton). Thankfully for Mr. Corwin and the many children of his neighborhood, the Twilight Zone has an early Christmas Gift tucked safely away in his stocking.

“But Can She Type?”
But Can She Type - Twilight Zone
When harried secretary Karen Billings (Pam Dawber) uses the copier, she finds herself in a miraculous alternate world where Secretaries are not only in short supply but greatly appreciated! Why in this world she finds herself being hit upon and the toast of parties! Is it too good to last though?

“The Star”
The Star - Twilight Zone
After Dr. Chandler (Donald Moffat) and Father Matthew finish with a theological debate aboard their starship they are alerted to a subspace signal from a planet that had perished long ago. The duo land upon the lifeless planet to discover the remnants of a highly advanced culture, thanks to a computer record they are able to learn of the peace the civilization had experienced. Dr. Chandler wonders how long the planet has been dead due to a super nova and when Father Matthew calculates the time…he is shocked to discover that it would have been 3120 years earlier when the people of Earth would have seen the light from the destruction of the civilization. It would appear they are standing on the “Star of Bethlehem”!

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 19

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The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug, Claymation Werewolf, and Phishbon3s as they discuss the 19th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone first season. My work schedule has changed and while I am no longer able to record with the gang in person they have graciously allowed me to continue to prerecord info on the notable cast and crew of the segments…so that I live up to the name Vicarious Vic Sage.

This go around the gang tackles two segments from the 1985 Twilight Zone entitled “The Leprechaun Artist” and “Dead Run”. In my opinion the second segment is far and above one of the best segments I’ve seen on the 1985 Twilight Zone revival and could easily be turned into a feature film.

“The Leprechaun Artist”
The Leprechaun Artist - Twilight Zone
When Richie (Bradley Gregg), Buddy (Danny Nucci), and JP (Joey Green) happen upon a vacationing Leprechaun played by Cork Hubbert (Legend, Caveman, Over the Rainbow), they are quick to capture him and find that each of the wishes they devise has an unintended and unfavorable outcome.

“Dead Run”
Dead Run - Twilight Zone
Johnny (Steve Railsback) is a down on his luck truck driver but thanks to a fellow trucker, a friend of the family named Pete (Barry Corbin) he is lucky enough to secure a new job…an unusual one to say the least. The two are tasked with trucking the souls of the damned to Hell itself!

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Amazing Stories “Thanksgiving”

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Hey, friends! We hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving day but we wanted you to know that the new 80s Anthologies podcast is up for your listening pleasure and this time Doug McCoy, Claymation Werewolf, Phishbon3s, and I discuss the Amazing Stories special 1986 event episode entitled “Thanksgiving”.

“Thanksgiving”
Amazing Stories - Thanksgiving
This episode of Amazing Stories is a little different than the typical tales told on that anthology series, it is much darker than what you would have originally seen. It stars David Carradine (Kung-Fu, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2) as Calvin, a grumpy and cruel man who seems to take take more than a little delight in verbally abusing his stepdaughter, Dora (Kyra Sedgwick), while he tries to eke out a living in a secluded desert town. Trying desperately to find water just to survive they uncover a deep well that after a little trial and error reveals a startling discovery. When Calvin and Dora lower a length of rope with a flashlight attached to it they are shocked when something tugs the end of the rope…upon raising it they find an odd looking sack tied to where the flashlight once had been and inside that sack is peculiar shaped treasures made out of pure gold!

Dora is a kind-hearted and lonely young girl that sees whatever is at the bottom of the well as friendly but Calvin sees only an opportunity to get rich by sending items down the well in exchange for gold. Now what would happen though if that gold stopped coming up the well?

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Twilight Zone Season 1 Episode 18

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The latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug, Claymation Werewolf, and Phishbon3s as they discuss the 18th episode of the 1985 Twilight Zone first season. My work schedule has changed and while I am no longer able to record with the gang in person they have graciously allowed me to continue to prerecord info on the notable cast and crew of the segments…so that I live up to the name Vicarious Vic Sage.

The 80s Anthologies crew have three segments to tackle in the latest podcast with “Gramma”, “Personal Demons”, and “Cold Reading”.

“Gramma”
Twilight Zone - Gramma
The first segment, “Gramma”, is probably one of the more well known segments of the 1985 Twilight Zone series, in my mind it ranks up there with “A Little Peace and Quiet”. It was written by Stephen King as a short story and the legendary Harlan Ellison wrote the teleplay for the segment…and it’s a creepy one to be sure. The story itself concerns 11-year-old Georgie (Barret Oliver of The NeverEnding Story) who is left alone to take care of his ailing ‘Gramma’. Now their is a family emergency which is why Georgie is left alone by his Mother (Darlanne Fluegel) but why is the family so afraid of the aged woman…are the stories true about her being a witch?

“Personal Demons”
Twilight Zone - Personal Demons
With this second segment I am hoping that the writer of the episode, Rockne S. O’Bannon, didn’t actually experience what the fictional version of himself did. This story is about a television writer that is facing a crippling bout of writer’s block that just happens to be named Rockne O’Bannon (Martin Balsam). He laments to a neighbor when asked why he doesn’t retire that he hasn’t been blessed with an original idea in many years…he just wants one more original story. Of course being the Twilight Zone you should be careful what you ask for as that night he starts to witness strange little beings in cloaks who not only seem to be following him but doing damage to his car and apartment. What could they want?

“Cold Reading”
Twilight Zone - Cold Reading
The third segment…is a comedy segment…but it delivers unlike “Ye Gods”. Ahem. Young radio actor, Milo Trent (Larry Pointdexter), can’t believe his luck when he is cast as a last minute replacement on the popular ‘Dick Noble, African Explorer’ radio show. Though he might see that luck as more of a curse by the end of this particular radio show! Before the show is broadcast, the showrunner and writer of the program Nelson Westbrook (Dick Shawn), slightly berates his sound effects man and wishes that all of his effects were realistic…while he is holding a voodoo artifact. Before long the cast and crew realize they have to be careful what they say on the air as it will appear in the flesh in the studio!

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoyCast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?

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80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode – Halloween Special!

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Hey friends, the latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode is up for your listening pleasure! So come join Doug, Claymation Werewolf, Phishbon3s, as well as Retroist artist and very special guest to the podcast Christopher Tupa as they discuss two Halloween themed Tales From The Darkside episodes!

This week the 80s Anthologies gang are reviewing “Trick or Treat” and “Halloween Candy” as well as sharing Halloween memories!

“Trick or Treat”
Trick or Treat - Tales From The Darkside
Gideon Hackles (Barnard Hughes) is a miser that finds comfort in the tormenting the people of in his town, especially on Halloween. You see he owns almost everyone and everything but promises that if the children of the town come up to his house on Halloween and search for their parents IOUs and the kids find them…all their debts will be forgiven. Gideon though has made sure to wire up his house with fake creatures of the night and does his very best to send each child screaming from his home. But there is one thing that tricksters should remember on Halloween and that is to be equally giving of their treats…or perhaps the spirits of Halloween will pay a visit for a trick of their own.

“Halloween Candy”
Mr. Killup (Roy Poole) is an aging bitter man who of the many things he despises ranks Halloween at the top of the list. He refuses to participate in the Holiday by giving candy to the trick or treaters that visit his house every year and becomes even angrier when they repay him in kind with a trick, normally by soaping his windows or throwing toilet paper up in the limbs of his trees…to which his son, Michael, has to clean up. Even after his Son provides candy for his Father to hand out to the trick or treaters the old man refuses to give it out. Which is a very bad mistake when a goblin comes to the door and takes offense at being brushed off.

So when you get a moment why not visit the link provided in this post or drop by the McCoy Cast Site or iTunes or even Stitcher and give it a listen? If you like what you hear why not drop us some feedback and let us know if you agree or disagree with our decisions on the merit of each segment?