UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Twilight Zone's Men in Black

Another clip from the SyFy New Year airing of Twilight Zone episodes from the 1960s.

This one gives substance or imagery to the UFO "Men in Black" aura that ufology has raised to an art form.

The Twilight Zone, along with such programming as Outer Limits, provided iconic images that have entered the psyche of those inclined to watch such shows who also are or were UFO aficionados.

When a trauma happens to those UFO mavens -- a psychotic or neurotic event -- The Twilight Zone or Outer Limits imagery comes into play, dredged up from the memory bank(s) adding confusion to the mysterious phenomenon (UFOs) and disrupting any chance of explaining what UFOs are really about.



  • Could be an early version of The Blues Brothers as well.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, January 01, 2014  

  • Haha.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, January 01, 2014  

  • And the pattern of (claimed) real events inspiring pop culture references which in turn inspire more (claimed) real events has entered a level of recursion that I'm not sure we'll ever unravel. (Which TZ episode was that btw? I missed it yesterday!)

    By Blogger AJG, at Thursday, January 02, 2014  

  • AJG:

    It wasn't an episode with a Sci-Fi tinge, but was about a robbery and a ventriloquist dummy that wouldn't save its voice-persona from arrest: Jackie Cooper.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, January 02, 2014  

  • If television shows fed the psyche of the psychologically vulnerable, shouldn't it have resulted in other motifs beside aliens and UFOs ?

    Why haven't people reported having been visited at night by a menacing one-armed man ?

    Or three cowboys, including a heavy set one, that took the contactee to a magical place they called Ponderosa ?

    By Blogger Yvan D., at Thursday, January 02, 2014  

  • You miss the psychological dynamic, Yvan.

    You haven't a background in psychology I'm thinking. based on your comments or thoughts about Gilles Fernandez.

    People attracted to The Twilight Zone and shows like The Outer Limits are predisposed to the sci-fi aspect of flying saucers or UFOs and would incorporate that imagery in their dreams or psychotic experiences.

    A Fugitive or Bonanza devotee would only incorporate images of a one-arm man or fat cowboy if there was an association with either in a dynamic way or if there was an unconscious predilection for either.

    Get some psychology books, read them -- and not something from the internet -- smarten yourself up and then we'll talk.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, January 02, 2014  

  • The assumptions you RR folk make in this blog posting are astounding. I can't tell if the assumptions are foolish or intentional.

    By Blogger stvjns, at Friday, January 03, 2014  

  • Maybe both, Stvjns...


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, January 03, 2014  

  • There is no reason to casually put aside the internet. There's a trove of scientific material right there, as you must know.

    Toward an Explanation of the UFO Abduction Phenomenon: Hypnotic Elaboration, Extraterrestrial Sadomasochism, and Spurious Memories. By: Newman, Leonard S.; Baumeister, Roy F.


    By Blogger Yvan D., at Sunday, January 05, 2014  

  • Yes, Yvan, of course...

    There is much to find, of value, online but it can't be one's sole source of knowledge and one has to be discerning about what they find or think is sound information.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, January 05, 2014  

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