Adventures in Intoxication 8: A Healthy Respect for the Classics – Riding the Green Fairy, Your Next Stop: The Twilight Zone!
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 7:01 pm by Brandon Vogel

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One balmy night in Worcester, I felt it appropriate to shy away from the bustling neon debauchery of the Lounge, and instead enjoy a few beverages at my apartment.  Easter had came and went, and in the true spirit of the holiday, my Mighty Ford Focus died and was miraculously resurrected for the low, low cost of three hundred and thirty eight dollars. It should be noted that the car spent a little time on a cross as well…perhaps my vehicle is divine.

Fast forwarding a bit, the kindly old liquor store clerk eyed my selections with concern. “This stuff is like, 140-proof…be careful with it!” Christ, you’d think this was the first time I’d ridden the green fairy.

However, in my current state I have to say that a beautiful thing has happened. Netflix’s selection has grown seemingly exponentially over the past few weeks, and among the new selections numbers a significant amount of full classic experiences. The entirety of Cheers and The Twilight Zone can now be instantly streamed to the device of your choosing.

Now, I vaguely remember Cheers, but I’ve selectively seen some Twilight Zone, and let me tell you, I have a much greater appreciation for the series since becoming a writer. The Twilight Zone is the apex of short-form story telling…there is no recurring cast of characters, and no continuous storyline. Everything you cram into that 20 minutes has to be meaningful. Don’t get me wrong, this leaves a lot of margin for error, but there are shining episodic gems such as “The Howling Man”, “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim”, and “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”, the last of which inspired several famous works such as the Canadian film Cube and an episode of Start Trek: The Next Generation. Hell, I even sensed a little Saw in there. That’s some powerful stuff, there.


There’s more, though. I had seen both series before, never have I seen them in HD. The new transfers of this material is stunning, and really engrosses the viewer.

I suppose this article is short and sweet…similar to the glass of Absinthe that is fueling this evening.

The moral of the story is that we need to know where we have been to appreciate where we are now, and where we may be going in the future.


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