I'd never seen a "One Step Beyond" episode before this evening.
The first episode? Pretty darn cool.
I really liked OSB and sprung to get it on DVD along with a multi-disk Hitchcock TV collection.
The short story format was definitely experiencing a Golden Age between the late 40s and early 60s. Especially in the scifi, mystery, and horror genres. Some of the finest writing those genres ever produced got penned during that era. All the biggies (Asimov, Ray Bradbury (who was probably the best), Bob Heinlein, Harlan Ellison, Sam Delaney, "Doc" Smith, Ellory Queen, Rex Stout, et al
were all busy cranking out these fantastic short stories. So it was only natural that TV shows like OSB, Thriller, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits
, (and the much later Night Gallery
) would benefit from their existence. These were stories written by actual writers
rather than just some backroom network hack screenwriter - with the utterly brilliant Rod Serling being the notable exception.
A lot of times, these old shows we remember so fondly disappoint us once we get to rewatch them. (Hindsight may be 20-20 - but it also has a habit of looking at what's "fondly remembered from the past" through rose-tinted glasses just the same.) So I was really happy to discover these old shows held up rather well for me. There may have been one or two episodes in each I didn't really care for because of the subject or a particular actor. But they were all nicely written and produced. And still entertaining
. Which is more than I can say about some movies I bought which I remembered
enjoying at one time.
(OMG! I can't believe I ever thought Ben-Hur
was a good picture!