My hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Last July I posted a review of the Twilight Zone in which I stated unequivocally that all but a handful of the episodes are unwatchable. Once again, the SyFy Channel featured a marathon of the episodes around the holidays and once again, I found myself watching way too many of them. I recorded about fifteen of them on the cable box and proceeded to replay them almost obsessively over the last few weeks. I did find a couple more that I had forgotten were pretty good and kept re-watching the few that I do enjoy. But what became intolerable was having to deal with the commercials from the SyFy Channel each time I watched. Even fast forwarding through became so painful I finally deleted all the episodes in disgust.
The one episode that I had forgotten I liked was “Two.” Charles Bronson and Elizabeth Montgomery are soldiers from opposing armies that wander into a deserted city five years after a war has depopulated the world. Surprisingly, the sparse dialog and minimal action work remarkably well and create a genuinely affecting moment.
Anyway, I buckled under the pressure. I went on Amazon and bought the whole series on blu-ray, all one hundred and sixty odd, mostly awful shows. I guess this proves I’m a hopeless addict to bad television.
It showed up tonight and I put on “To Serve Man.” Oh well, at least there are no SyFy Channel commercials. That’s one nightmare I won’t have to face again. That’s at least an improvement.
“Mr. Chambers, don’t get on that ship! “To Serve Man,” it’s a cookbook!” Ahhhh, ain’t it grand!