Making Sense of the Twilight Zone

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            This episode will examine the various versions of The Twilight Zone and its cultural, social, and political context in terms of the five senses. Each one of us takes a different sense as our frame. Michael will talk about the sense of smell relating to themes of autonomy and sensory illusion in the episode “Where is Everybody?”; Holly will examine theories about the presence of eyes and sight in visual media in relation to the episodes “Where is Everybody?” and “Eye of the Beholder”; Kieran will be looking at the use of touch in the episode “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” and its implications on identity; Laura will talk about the use of sound in social control in the episode “Need to Know” from the 1980s iteration of the show, and finally, Kate will talk about taste as it applies to the episodes “Replay” and “The Blue Scorpion” from the 2019 reboot. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!

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