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Old March 16 2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

Late here, so this is a half formed thought, but are there many episodes of Trek that come close to being a Twilight Zone episode?

There are a few episodes that put crew members in an alternate reality (or what they think is an alternate reality) like The Inner Light, but they just don't seem Zoney enough.

Time Squared though, seems more like it. There was something more personal about the better TZ episodes, where our protagonist learns something about their deepest thoughts or fears. Seeing Picard look upon himself in the episode and doubt himself lends itself well to that. I can imagine Rod Serling introducing the episode.
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Old March 16 2013, 01:52 AM   #2
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

TNG's "The Survivors" always felt like it could have been a TZ episode to me.
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Old March 16 2013, 01:52 AM   #3
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

"Charlie X" seemed rather Zonish.

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Old March 16 2013, 01:54 AM   #4
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

I watched the DS9 episode "Whispers" the other day, and was thinking that it seemed a lot like a Twilight Zone plot.
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Old March 16 2013, 02:40 AM   #5
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^ I went to look up that episode because I couldn't remember its name. Yeah, Whispers is pure Twilight Zone/Outer Limits.
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Old March 16 2013, 04:27 AM   #6
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

The Empath would have made a good TZ episode.

There was a DS9 episode where they're racing to rescue a woman, only to arrive to find there had been a time-loopy, and she was dead before they got there. Forget the episode's title.


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Old March 16 2013, 04:56 AM   #7
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

Off the top of my head, TNG "Cause and Effect", "Remember Me", VOY "Flashback", and ENT "Extinction", "Twilight", and "Hatchery" come to mind...
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Old March 16 2013, 05:10 AM   #8
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The Empath would have made a good TZ episode.

There was a DS9 episode were their racing to rescue a woman, only to arrive to find there had been a time-loopy, and she was dead before they got there. Forget the episode's title.

It's called "The Sound of Her Voice".
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Old March 16 2013, 09:24 PM   #9
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

"The Corbomite Maneuver." The twist ending, that the scary alien is just a mannequin and the REAL alien is this cherubic baby, feels like something Rod Serling might have written . . . .
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Old March 16 2013, 09:30 PM   #10
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

The concept behind VOY Scientific Method - invisible aliens performing experiments. Or TNG The Royale...
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Old March 17 2013, 12:03 AM   #11
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^ Ooh, yeah. Also "Schisms".
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Old March 17 2013, 03:29 PM   #12
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

Maybe not the whole episode, but in City on the Edge of Forever, there's a scene right before the comercial break where they're stuck on the planet, and have just discovered that all of the past has changed, and their present is gone. As Kirk looks up the scene blends into a scene of the stars. Always reminded me of Twilight Zone.
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Old March 17 2013, 03:55 PM   #13
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Re: When does Trek channel the Twilight Zone

I'll answer the question a little differently than other posters--I think that TOS especially has many episodes that are structured like Twilight Zone episodes--something eerie is going on, we're not sure what, and there's a twist or surprising ending.

The rest of the franchise mostly stayed away from that sort of plot structure.
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Old March 17 2013, 04:36 PM   #14
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"The Squire of Gothos" has a very TZ ending. He's just a child playing with his toys!
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Old March 17 2013, 09:06 PM   #15
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There was an old episode where Capt. Kirk was back in time and riding an airplane. He looked out the window and there was that creature on the wing...
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