“We can feed the stomach with concentrates. We can supply microfilm for reading, recreation, even movies of a sort. We can pump oxygen in, and waste material out. But there’s one thing we can’t simulate, that’s a very basic need: man’s hunger for companionship. The barrier of loneliness. That’s one thing we haven’t licked yet.”
Those are the concluding words of Rod Serling—creator, head writer, narrator, and host of the legendary TV series The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959-64)—said in the series’ debut episode where an astronaut-in-training hallucinates that he’s totally alone in a deserted American town.
If those words sound uncomfortably close to the quarantining we’re all experiencing now, it’s because Serling (1924-75) was a true visionary, a prescient prophet of the small screen, whose many Twilight Zone episodes dealt with the universal, timeless themes of isolation, loneliness, and solitude.
Join New York Adventure Club as we embark on a journey through The Twilight Zone, and how the greatest television series of the 20th Century continues to shed a prescient light on the global pandemic of the 21st Century. Led by esteemed Twilight Zone scholar and author/designer Arlen Schumer, this trenchant webinar, filled with images and video clips from the hit series—and a screening of the series’ quintessential episode in its entirety, “ Eye of The Beholder,” on the 60th Anniversary of its debut, November 10, 1960—will make you look at The Twilight Zone as you never have before!