Do you miss the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or Bug’s Land at Disney California Adventure? If so, stop by the Penguinate table (A1) at Lilac City Comicon and see what photos we have to take you back to the great memories you formed while visiting the Disneyland Resort. Our photos focus on details of the park, are very limited and cost only $3.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was based on Rod Serling’s
classic TV show. With its 1930’s design, it was the right fit for DCA’s
Hollywoodland theme. When the Guardians of the Galaxy moved in, fans of the
original were upset. While the new attraction doesn’t fit the Hollywoodland
theme, it is arguably better than the TZ version.
To fix the theming problem, DCA is retheming Bug’s Land to
feature Marvel characters. While few details on the new land have been
released, it makes more sense for the Walt Disney Company to focus on their
Marvel division. Marvel movies will continue to provide advertising for the
land, and DCA will not be providing advertising for CBS Twilight Zone reboot.
With every theming change, details are removed or rethemed.
Our small collection of photos has captured some of those items. Stop by our
table (A1) and ask to see our Disneyland Resort photos. We look forward to
seeing you at Lilac City Comicon!
Charles Beaumont’s first episode for “the Twilight Zone” explores the power of the imagination. It’s main question: “Could someone imagine him- or herself to death?”
The mind is undoubtedly powerful. It creates much of our
reality. Self-fulfilling prophecies, the placebo effect, the law of attraction,
“If you can dream it, you can do it…” These are the ways the mind bends
When the psychiatrist’s new patient shows up in his office,
the patient is concerned and facing a catch-22. If he goes to sleep, his dreams
will deliver him a shock his heart can’t withstand; if he stays awake much
longer, his heart will give out. He tells the doctor that the doctor won’t be
able to help him. The patient has already made up his mind, all that’s left is
for his body to figure out how to fulfill the reality the patient sees.
The same is true in our lives. How we think of something is
what it becomes, and we can imagine both good and bad things. When someone
doesn’t call you, do you imagine something like a car wreck or do you think his
or her phone has run out of battery power? If it’s the first, they may not be
in an accident, but your body reacts in the same way as if that person had
experienced something terrible. You face worry and stress even if nothing has
happened. Removing worry from the equation is hard, but if you can achieve it
and face reality as it comes, you’ll be healthier and happier.
This classic and much-lauded episode features acclaimed
actor Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis, a man who loves to read in a world where
readers aren’t welcomed. His boss derides him for being a reader who isn’t
dedicated to his job and instructs Bemis to stop reading at work and at lunch.
His wife is worse. She scribbles on every page of a poetry book Bemis hid in
his chair. When he tries to read it to her, at her request, he sees the
vandalism. She then snatches the book and tears out the pages – one by one.
This world is not for him, much like the gunslinger world wasn’t for Mr.
When everything is blown up, Bemis survives. He has plenty
of food, but the isolation and the lack of entertainment start to get to him.
Bemis finds his salvation in a destroyed public library where he is able to
pile up books sorted by month and year. Then the unthinkable happens.
What Bemis did to deserve his fate is unclear – except for
his last phrase. That’s not fair. It’s not fair. And so it isn’t, because life
isn’t always fair, and this may be how Rod Serling reminds us that not all
villains get their come-uppance and not all good men get what they long for.
In the not-too-distant future, humanity is going to have to
decide what it should do with artificial intelligence. As much as human beings
have a fear of playing God, there’s going to be a time when artificial
intelligence is indistinguishable from human intelligence. At that point, it
will need to be called intelligence or people will face the problems associated
with slavery, its consequences and what it means in relationship to being
Unfortunately, people aren’t yet equipped to understand when
the change will take place. What separates the artificial from the organic? The
programmed from the born? Especially when so many people are programmed through
their culture, their religion, and their media choices.
In “The Lonely,” the captain of the rescue ship, who also
happened to bring the robot in the ship has no moral dilemma. He knows who is
real and who is not, and he makes his decision accordingly. But for the
prisoner, the robot was a living being with emotions who saved his humanity and
kept him from isolation-related madness (something addressed in “Where Is
Everybody?” and “Time Enough at Last” and, to a lesser extent “Sixteen
What happens when a machine saves a man from loneliness and
madness? What happens when our phones and computers do the same?
When the Devil comes calling, regardless of the name he’s using and what he looks like, turn him down flat. Unless your name’s Johnny, you can’t beat the Devil. In ‘Escape Clause,’ the Devil offers hypochondriac and professional worrier Walter Bedecker immortality, invincibility and the retention of his current physical attributes, more or less, in exchange for Bedecker’s soul. Bedecker tries to find the Devil’s loophole. After all, if he Bedecker lives forever, he doesn’t need a soul. Finding none, the Faustian bargain is struck.
The problem is that immortality and invincibility make life
dull. Bedecker does everything to find a thrill to get the sense of living
again. Drinking poison, getting hit by a bus and a subway, and everything else
fails. Without the possibility of death or harm, life becomes unlivable and
Mortality is what gives humanity its edge. The adrenaline
rush that shows we’re still alive accompanied with the compassion knowing that
others are just as likely to die as we are help us create a world where people
are able to live up to their potential if they choose to. Sickness contrasts
with health. Happiness contrast with sadness. These contradictions are what
allow a person to have a full life.
Enjoy the good times, and bless the hard times. Each of them
together are the stuff that life is made from.
You can’t go home again. People try to return home, to their
past, to their roots, but life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes, however, you
do have to find its memory to improve your life today. Martin Sloan arrives
near his home town and walks right into “the Twilight Zone” and his 11th
summer. Once he realizes when he is, he tries to find his younger self, Marty,
and reconnect with his mother and father.
The consequences are drastic and enervating, but his father
comes to Martin to return his wallet. Dad knows who the older Martin is, but he
urges Martin to leave. There’s only one summer per customer and this summer
belongs to Marty, who shouldn’t have to share it.
Dad hypothesizes that Martin is wrong. Maybe, there are
calliopes and merry-go-rounds near Martin, but he hasn’t been able to see them
because he’s been too focused on the past and looking backwards. Dad says that
Martin needs to start looking forward in his current life to enjoy his future.
Like Martin, we need to live in the present to enjoy the
future. We can look to the past to draw strength, but it would be foolish to
attempt to go back there… because you can’t go home again, even in “the