When I was a kid there were few songs that could stand my hair on end like the theme song to ‘The Twilight Zone’. I would say there are many who would agree. The back and forth tones that play eerily well together and then the bizarre nature of the stories laid out for us to contemplate. For all their creepiness, there are lessons to be learned.
The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the crypt and even Creepshow all have the feel of modern-day morality tales. Don’t be too selfish or you may just get what you want to its most extreme measure. Likewise, don’t mistreat others or one day the roles may be switched.
I remember one episode of I think Twilight zone,where there was a man who was a very hateful person and he went on this rampage about how he was superior from all other races etc. When he awoke the next day he was smack dab in the middle of the holocaust and he was branded as a jew. Yeah, bad ending for him but great lesson for us.
Another featured a family that had their grandmother living with them (Tales from the Darkside). The grandmother was often overlooked and treated badly. One day they were tired of “taking care” of her and on her birthday as her ‘gift’ they decided to put her in a nursing home. She made a wish. The next day, slowly each member of the family fell victim to old age in some way or form and of course, in the end it was they that ended up in the nursing home. The grandmother on the other hand was youthful again. Go Grandma!
These tales give a sense of what’s right and they make a definite stance on what’s wrong and they do it in a way that relates to each decade of people. I find it refreshing.
In a world that seems to put a higher value on the disposable things in life and ignores what is truly important, it is nice to see values being displayed so prominently.
Like these TV shows, the Grimm Brothers wrote wonderful tales of woe with a lesson attached to them. They are scary in some cases and exciting. Then Disney came along and made a bastard of them. Not that I dislike Disney, I don’t, but we try to gloss over everything now days to make it easier to swallow. We sell ourselves on fairy tales and it’s not reality at all.
Anyways, that was a rabbit I was chasing, sorry. Regarding Tales of The Darkside etc, the silly thing is, I know that some folks see these shows as offensive and without meaning but I doubt many of those people have actually sat down to watch them.
So tonight I hold my glass up to all of these wonderful TV programs. Please keeping scaring me silly and teaching me about life.