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Comedy doesn’t always translate across generations. Quality writing is key, needs to be on point – case in point …

And it’s important to hit the mark, the note, the correct … key.

And at the right time. Because timing is everything. Because quality is in the composition of the thing.

The composition of the script, the jokes, the music.

To break the fourth wall, as Rod Serling did in this particular episode, I’ll proudly admit that I composed multiple musical scores for episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” And I guess I’m bringing myself into this because this episode is a parody of sorts (once you sort it out).

In my defense, I was trying something different. And I think John Williams himself couldn’t have added more pizzazz or spunk than I.

(I’m irrationally splicing time frames by referring to that celebrated composer of your time, not to be confused with the actor of the same name who portrays Shakespeare in this episode.)

“With that, our scene rushes on toward the battle … a travesty of battle …” – Henry V Act IV.

A Shakespearian quote not in this episode but one that encapsulates the travesty of the musical department, indeed.

My sincere apologies.




Perspective: Episode Composer (Fred Steiner)

Episode: “The Bard”

This work was not prepared, authorized, or endorsed by the creators or producers or musical composers of “The Twilight Zone” and is a zone of my own creation inspired by “The Twilight Zone” television series.

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