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

Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.
Image courtesy of Claymation Werewolf.

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”.

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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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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