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The Twilight Zone: The Creative Vision, Vol. 1

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Put pretentious TV-series host Rod Serling in a college-seminar setting and he sounds just like a pretentious college professor. That’s the lesson conveyed in this boxed set, The Twilight Zone: The Creative Vision, Vol. 1, in which 15 dull to terrifying Zone episodes (the hardest one to shake stars Lost in Space‘s Billy Mumy as a telekinetic brat) are framed by snippets from an early ’70s TV special about the craft of writing. Serling is a self-important stitch as he condescends to a group of college students (”Where do ideas come from, Doris?”), doling out cliched dictums (”Never preach!”) that his own scripts typically violate. Not a flattering tribute, but certainly an illuminating one.