Somebody asked me the other day if this means that I’m going to be a meek conformist and my answer is no, I’m just acting a role of a tired non-conformist. And I don’t want to fight anymore. I don’t want to have to battle sponsors and agencies. I don’t want to have to push for something I want and have to settle for second best. I don’t want to have to compromise all the time. Which is in essence what the television writer does if he wants to put on controversial themes.
I stay in television because I think it’s very possible to perform a function of providing adult, meaningful, exciting, challenging drama without dealing in controversy necessarily.
I think it’s criminal that we’re not permitted to make dramatic note of social evils as they exist, of controversial themes as they are inherent in our society. I think it’s ridiculous that drama, which by its very nature should make a comment on those things that affect our daily lives is in the position, at least in terms of television drama, of not being able to take this stand.
Rod Serling is the fucking best. The best. There’s no better.
After previously getting into a lot of controversy with past television writing, Serling totally underplays the social criticism he had in store for The Twilight Zone, hiding it under the guise of science-fiction and fantasy. A true subversive.
"Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don’t like and are not especially good at. Say they were hired because they were excellent cabinetmakers, and then discover they are expected to spend a great deal of their time frying fish. Nor does the task really need to be done - at least, there’s only a very limited number of fish that need to be fried. Yet somehow they all become so obsessed with resentment at the thought that some of their co-workers might be spending more time making cabinets, and not doing their fair share of the fish-frying responsibilities, that before long there’s endless piles of useless, badly cooked fish piling up all over the workshop and it’s all that anyone really does."