Alternate Realities: A Multidimensional Man
“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!”
There are few who aren’t familiar with Rod Serling’s opening intonations on his brainchild, The Twilight Zone. The show, which aired from 1959 through 1964, is a classic. The show’s science-fiction is multi-faceted; sometimes spaceships and aliens, sometimes post-nuclear fever dream, sometimes just a slightly askew version of reality. Serling used his venue to bring us stories that pushed some pretty hot buttons for the times – anti-war sentiments, support of racial equality, and opposition to censorship are themes that run strong through the series (and Serling’s pre and post Twilight Zone work). Throughout the entertainment industry, Serling was known as an angry young man, constantly thrashing against the restrictions placed upon him by the networks, and more specifically the corporate sponsors. His career was cut short upon his untimely death in 1975, but the alternate realities he created live on.
This American Masters documentary on Serling’s life offers an insightful and fascinating view into an unusual life.