and actor Stephen Dexter eagerly volunteered
to again perform the winning entries, as Rod Serling. But real work got
in the way at both ends, and we were unable to match Stephen's donated
free time with
WSKG's donated TV studio time in Binghamton. So this year's winners are
presented in the format of Twilight
Zone's first season, which Rod narrated without appearing on
camera. Enjoy this treat: Stephen doing Rod doing a German accent.
One of Stephen's current projects, with
producer Sarah Wharton, is the pilot of
their original series The Last Stop,
which they describe as “...inspired by the ground-breaking television
work of Rod Serling, David Lynch, and Charlie Brooker.” Wow! He's also the voice of Rod Serling in
the one-and-only Twilight
Zone Escape Room, located in ...Binghamton, of course. You can
see and hear Stephen's passion for Rod Serling in his performances.
Thank you, sir!
ALL THE ENTRIES We received 48
entries this year, and again it was a delight to read so many fresh
ideas, clever new twists on age-old ideas, and the humanity on display.
Rod would be honored. What I said last year is worth repeating:
The entries had impressive originality, cleverness, and an
reverence for Rod Serling’s writing. It was difficult to pare
down our favorites. So many of them were episodes
that we judges wanted to see. So here they are: four dozen new stories
for you to
imagine and watch on that little black-and-white screen in your head.