As a teenager, I sat up late a few times with my parents to watch “Twilight Zone.” Creative and offbeat, the television series hit a chord with many viewers. Twilight Zone was that weird place where life wasn’t quite right. Up seemed like down, and right and wrong got twisted. People did weird things, and life careened recklessly down the mountain called “Out of Control and Strange.”
Sometimes it was eerie, spooky, and downright scary. Some episodes made you think that the insane may be more normal than the sane. Reruns are still popular, but I haven’t returned for Act II yet. “Twilight Zone” will always have a following.
Twilight is that time of day between sunset and dusk or dawn and sunrise. The earth is not light or dark. Everything blends and becomes gray. The sun is below the earth’s horizon and not visible, although its rays still illuminate the lower atmosphere.
The popular book series and even more popular movie series, “Twilight” is unique. I believe it will change American–maybe even world–culture as definitively as the Beatles did in the sixties.
Until now, almost every plot in the world has used the standard “light vs dark” theme. Mostly the light has a higher standard and calling and is easily distinguished from the dark. And in the end, the light wins. The players are different, and the backdrops unique and creative; but the plot remains the same: “light vs dark.”
The “Twilight” series veers from this standard form and employs “dark vs deep dark.” Just like the time of day, “twilight” the sun or the light source is invisible, below the horizon. Everything is gray and shadowy. No longer can the light be chosen because it is ABSENT. The message of the movie is “choose the highest dark, because the light is no longer a choice.”
This is scary to me, and it ceases to be entertainment because of its popularity and power to change a generation.
I believe Hollywood will use this theme of “dark vs deep dark” again and again. It becomes irresistible when it is coupled with the hook of youthful, passionate, undying romance–love that is so deep, so strong and so unquenchable that the darkness becomes the only choice.
It used to be that people died for the causes of the light, not the darkness.
To most of the world, believing or non-believing, this is just good entertainment or cheesy entertainment, depending on your mindset. I think the series is dangerous to the unbeliever more than the believer–the one looking for the light of hope in their lives–the one truly living and condemned to darkness because the Light of the World has not shined into his/her heart yet.
I am not making a judgment here if one should see the movies or read the books. Not my business. I am merely stating my opinion that this series has introduced a spiral down into deep darkness in our culture that is sad to me. And time will tell if my hunch is right.
We have entered the Twilight Zone…
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19).