The Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? by Mark KneeceOn a cold, snowy evening state troopers track footprints from a mysterious crash site to a nearby diner. There, a group of bus passengers waits out the storm, but oddly, there is one more person in the eatery. Who is he, and what are his intentions for planet Earth?
One of most ground-breaking shows in the history of television, The Twilight Zone has become a permanent fixture in pop culture. This new graphic novel series re-imagines the shows most enduring episodes, in all their original uncut glory, originally written by Rod Serling himself, and now adapted for a new generation—a generation that has ridden Disneys Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride, studied old episodes in school, watched the annual marathons, and paid homage to the show through the many random take-offs that show up in movies and TV shows everywhere.
MCC's "Will the real Martian Please Stand Up?"
Knowing where a story is going can sometimes be wonderfully entertaining, because it can be just as fun to watch a story hit all of the beats you know it will hit as it can be to be surprised. We like ritual, and this can often be a kind of fictionalized ritual, a way to watch things progress through the steps we know they must progress through and be satisfied as every beat is hit. But there has to be craft in place.
Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
I love the mood and atmosphere of the snowbound cafe. This one just makes me feel good when I see it. I hear you, Jack. This one is definitely a fun episode and I can watch it repeatedly with enjoyment. The B grade, which isn't shabby by our standards, is simply objective. Do you know the song titles and artists from the juke box?
Order of events: a phone call from a frightened woman notating the arrival of an unidentified flying object, and the check-out you've just witnessed with two state troopers verifying the event, but with nothing more enlightning to add beyond evidence of some tracks leading across the highway to a diner. You've heard of trying to find a needle in a haystack? Well, stay with us now and you'll be a part of an investigating team whose mission is not to find that proverbial needle, no, their task is even harder. They've got to find a Martian in a diner, and in just a moment you'll search with them, because you've just landed in the Twilight Zone. During a snowstorm, two state troopers are investigating a crash after a woman telephoned them and are led to believe that it was a flying saucer. They follow footprints leading from the crash site to a diner, where a group of passengers from a bus to Boston are waiting for word that a bridge up ahead is safe to cross. Though the only patrons of the roadside eatery are bus passengers, there is one more person than there were people on the bus.