The Twilight Zone – Season 1, Episode 1 – “Where is Everybody?” – Cost of Isolation

Where is Everybody

     As I’ve been watching the latest “X-Files” I decided to go back to the roots of “The X-Files” which “The Twilight Zone” if at least culturally would be one of those roots. This is a show whose entire point was exploring the unknown and posting mysterious premises to be explored, that at the end would reveal a twist of some sort. They are great shows and it was fun going back to the first episode of the show.

   “Where is Everybody?” was directed by Robert Stevens and written by Rod Sterling.

  The story involves a man with amnesia arriving in an empty town and seeking to find out who he is as the town is not all it appears to be.

The Pros: The Soundtrack – The soundtrack is good and Bernard Herrman really did a good job keeping thing mysterious and creepy. The music was easily the best part of the episode.

The Cinematography – The cinematography was pretty great and there was a great use of shadows to capture the feeling of isolation and being trapped that the character was feeling. Joseph La Shelle did a great job on it.

Okay: The Writing – The writing is a whole bunch of monologues from the main character and it doesn’t hold up. He didn’t feel like a fully fleshed out human being, just the idea of a pilot.

The Twist – He’s in a lab being tested for a trip to the moon since he’s going to be up there isolated for a long time.

The Cons: The Main Character – Mike Ferris is a pilot who monologues a lot. This was a problem with the writing and a better actor could have made it interesting but I just didn’t care. I didn’t know what defined this character or what he wanted except to talk to people.

  This was a decent episode of the show but I didn’t like the main character and since we were stuck with him for too long the episode just dragged. The premise was intriguing, but could have been handled a lot better. There were no hints at him being an astronaut or going to the moon until the very end.

Final Score: 6 / 10

The X-Files – Season 10, Episode 2 – “Founder’s Mutation” – Experiments and Loss

Founder's_Mutation

     We return to “The X-Files” with an actual X-File, though still connected to the overall mystery too, which is great. This is a episode that could have been so much more, but for what it is manages to be enjoyable. There were a few different ways things could have been taken and rather than getting questions answered we are shown more of what Sculley and Mulder are feeling, which was needed but overshadowed everything else sadly.

    The episode was written and directed by James Wong, who wrote some of the best early “X-Files” episodes.

      The story involves a Sculley and Mulder investigating a scientist who went mad and tried to export files from his company. They soon discover a darker plot as the FBI and company attempt to uncover up what drove the scientist mad.

The Pros: An X-File – It is great having a standard X-File as it truly shows they are looking into all the unknowns again! I liked that it is connected to the overall myth arc too.

Walter Skinner – Skinner is the disproving boss once again, but after so long he does have their back and supports them as he can, even with his hands being tied by the conspiracy.

Fox Mulder – In this we see how much Mulder misses his son as kids are who the organization is experimenting on. It is great seeing that tender side of him as this and last episode he’s just been tired and stressed. It humanized the character a lot and I felt for his loss. He has dreams of being with son that end with his son being abducted the same way his sister was.

Dana Scully – Like Mulder’s humanity I felt Scully’s too. We see her in the mother role in this in how she is able to take care of relate to the interviewee who had a lost a child and how she reached out to the kids who were the experiments.

Okay: The Experiments – We meet the kids who are experiments but nothing substantial is done with them. We never get their stories and thoughts and they exist more as a plot device for Scully and Mulder to miss their child.

The Cons: The Antagonists – The antagonists are just bland. Whether it’s the government or the company their idealistic reasons didn’t fit because the actors gave them mean looking faces. They weren’t complicated, just greedy and that is a waste in any show. The mysterious owner of the organization was completely forgettable too.

   This episode was not as good as the pilot of Season 10 but is still worth checking out. It has some great personal moments for our main characters, even if the overall mystery arc doesn’t quite work. Still worth checking out though.

7 / 10