As we approach the April 1 premiere of Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” series on CBS All Access, it’s worth remembering that some of the most memorable episodes from the original 1959 run ended up being a little too prophetic. And even if we haven’t yet had an alien invasion like in the famed 1962 episode “To Serve Man” (“It’s a cookbook!!”), here are eight times Rod Serling’s masterpiece of a show proved unnervingly adept at predicting modern developments.
If you’re creeped out by news stories about Alexa and other smart appliances getting invasive, watch “A Thing About Machines,” in which a crochety magazine critic, Bartlett Finchley, is convinced that the gadgets in his home are conspiring against him — his TV, his clock, his razor, and even his typewriter, which writes “Get out of here Finchley.” He’s found mysteriously dead on the bottom of his swimming pool.
Find the popularity of plastic surgery creepy? “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” is set in a future in which all young adults go through a process called The Transformation, in which they are surgically altered to look like one of a limited set of attractive humans. When a woman rebels, she’s held against her will and hypnotized into accepting the surgery.