The Twilight Pwn features a weekly review and discussion of each and every episode of Rod Serling's classic television show The Twilight Zone
Episode 180 - The Night They Saved Christmas
In the one hundred and eightieth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “The Nighty They Saved Christmas," a 1984 film that has little-to-no tangible connection to Rod Serling's iconic series, The Twilight Zone. Topics include Santa Cuck; a technocratic take on Christmas; and PAL, the joke-ruining robot.
John’s Rating: Silent tears
Fred’s Rating: 4.0
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Episode 179 - The Messiah on Mott Street (Night Gallery)
In the one hundred and seventy-ninth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “The Messiah on Mott Street" and "The Painted Hills" from Rod Serling's not quite as well-known as The Twilight Zone anthology series, The Night Gallery. Topics include 70s business fashion, Zsa Zsa Gabor: The Paris Hilton of her day, and a heaping helping of holiday twitch.
John’s Rating: It's a Holiday Surprise
Fred’s Rating: Just listen already.
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Episode 178 - They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar (The Night Gallery)
In the one hundred and seventy-eighth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" a beloved episode from Rod Serling's somewhat-beloved anthology series, The Night Gallery. Topics include the fact that we recorded this in Christmas 2019 but didn't upload it until May 2020, the Terrence Malick/Green Day connection, and the song that makes John cry.
John’s Rating: I forget
Fred’s Rating: Also forget
IMDB Rating: Too tired to look it up RN
Episode 177 - Nightmare at 30,000 Feet (2019 Reboot)
In the one hundred and seventy-seventh episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “Nightmare at 30,000 feet" the second episode from Jordan Peele's reboot of Rod Serling’s classic show The Twilight Zone. Topics include Russian soccer, John's growing distaste for Easter Eggs, and the start of some major podcast beef.
John’s Rating: 6-
Fred’s Rating: 5
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Episode 176 - The Comedian (The Reboot)
In the one hundred and seventy-sixth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “The Comedian" the first episode from Jordan Peele's reboot of Rod Serling’s classic show The Twilight Zone. Topics include our new favorite show - The Gower Hour!, why Fred and I got into comedic podcasting, and why you shouldn't invite Fred to an Easter Egg hunt.
John’s Rating: 5
Fred’s Rating: 5
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Episode 175 - Night Gallery "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes"
In the one hundred and seventy-fifth episode of the Twilight Pwn, John & Fred discuss “The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes" from Rod Serling’s not-quite-as-classic-as-the-Twilight-Zone 70s TV series, The Night Gallery. Topics include the moment Clint Howard became CLINT HOWARD, whether or not it's a plot cheat to blow the world up, and much discussion of Fred's thoughts on The Count of Monte Cristo.
John’s Rating: 8
Fred’s Rating: 7
IMDB Rating: 7.3
A World of their PWN
As an admitted podcast addict and huge fan of The Twilight Zone, I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to search for a TZ pod. Saw a Reddit thread where this podcast was recommended and I decided to download and give it a listen. That was almost a year ago and I can now say I’ve listened to every episode. What a fun ride it was. No question in my mind that I will relisten to these.
It’s a very nice counter balance to Tom Elliot’s more serious (but equally engrossing) podcast on the Zone. John and Fred have a very nice comedic chemistry. They can give great insights and nuance to the more serious aspects of the show while poking fun at some of the sillier moments. Really would like to hear more from the guys if they ever decided to start another podcast. Thanks John and Fred for the MANY hours of enjoyment I got from this!
The congenial hosts of this program share an easy rapport and the content is a pleasing blend of humor and analysis. Too many TZ podcasts treat the show like some sacred cow, whereas John and Fred don’t shy from more irreverent takes, which is refreshing. (It helps, too, that I generally agree with their opinions.) I came late to this party because I was unfamiliar with the word “pwn”, which looked like a weird typo. But once I got into it I found them to be good company and it was my go-to podcast for several weeks as I went straight down their playlist. One hopes they continue, especially with the Peele iteration.
Fun podcast! Record more! If you’ve done all TZ and NG how about find another series to do. Maybe Alfred Hitchcock Presents? Perry Mason? The Larry Sanders Show? Seinfeld? Downton Abbey? Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman?