Monday, 12 December 2011

To Serve Man (1962)

Tom:
Twilight Zone:To Serve Man(Season 3,Episode 89),1962,USA
Director:Richard L. Bare
Stars:Lloyd Bochner, Susan Cummings and Richard Kiel
Original Air Date: 2 March 1962

"An alien race comes to earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the alien's language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man"".

"The recollections of one Michael Chambers with appropriate flashbacks and soliloquy. Or more simply stated, the evolution of man. The cycle of going from dust to dessert. The metamorphosis from being the ruler of a planet to an ingredient in someone's soup. It's tonight's bill of fare from The Twilight Zone." - Rod Serling

A couple of months ago i began watching The Twilight Zone,Rod Serling's legendary antholgy Television series that covers all genres from Science Fiction to Fantasy to Horror and even the odd comedy.The Twilight Zone has quickly become my favorite television show of all time,its unlike anything I've ever seen,from The unforgettable theme song to brilliant stories and horrifying plot ttwist and Serling's iconic narration,those are just a few things that keep the Twilight Zone so fresh in peoples minds after 47 off the air.During its five season run there were many amazing and iconic episodes such as "Time Enough At Last","The Eye Of The Beholder" or "Nightmare At 20.000 Feet" but arguably the most talked about and remembered would have to be "To Serve Man" its a simple tale with horrific twist that still manages to shock viewers.

Aliens called the Kanamits arrive from another planet and confront the leaders of Earth,They have only one thing on there agender and that is To Serve Man but eliminating such world problems as Famine by promosing peace and sharing their share technology but of course this is the Twilight Zone and nothing is as it seems.As a linguist and his team set out to translate the alien's language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man" They discover the way in which the Kanamits intend to Serve man.

To Serve Man isnt the most intelligent or visually appealing episode of The Twilight Zone in fact its a simple tale but Serlings writing pulls the carpet from underneath the audience with it's iconic twist that takes place late the episode.To Serve Man is terrific though,tremendously well made and acted and the makeup effects on Kanamits still look unique.

To Serve Man is truly one of the very best episodes The Twilight Zone has to offer,Which is saying a lot,Its still extremely effective and frightening and i don't think it can ever be forgotten,Due to it being spoofed in such things as "The Simpsons" and "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" to name a few.To Serve Man lives up to all its hype and should definently be in all Zone fans all time favorite episodes.

To Serve Man: 4/4

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