Enter another dimension with Jordan Peele's modern re-imagining of the classic sci-fi anthology series! Prepare for chilling stories and mind-bending twists as each episode explores the human condition, holding a lens up to the culture of our times.
Hearing the news that The Twilight Zone was getting an updated, modern version brought to our screens, I was both excited and had some trepidation about the ability of the producers maintaining the ethos of the original series without feeling the need to up the violence and such. Over the last few months I have been watching the original series of The Twilight Zone, enjoying the storyline‚ ™s and noticing a few recognisable faces. Today‚ ™s Twilight Zone sticks with the originals slew of recognisable faces, though there have been a couple that I haven‚ ™t recognised. The intro theme is virtually the same, they‚ ™ve given it a little bit more of an edge but I love that they didn‚ ™t drastically change it.
Popping the discs in, there is no ‚ėPlay All‚ ™ option, instead you need to go into each episode, which has its own little menu. I liked this though, as each little menu had the episode, the episode promo (aka ad) and then a small clip usually with the lead, discussing the episode and it‚ ™s theme. I really liked this and thought that each one being there with it‚ ™s episode made it easier to follow and could be watched immediately. Some episodes also had a deleted or extended scene to view. Jordan Peel does a good job standing in Serling‚ ™ shoes, he uses a similar tone and way of speaking that Serling did, which fits so well and I love that they didn‚ ™t go with a carbon copy of Serling. The series also uses similar wording and my mum and I had gotten hooked on saying ‚úInto the Twilight Zone‚Ě with the original series, so we‚ ™re pleased we can continue that here.
An episode that did well at drawing us in and setting the scene, was ‚ėNightmare at 20,000 Feet‚ ™ as our main character became increasingly paranoid it was easy to see how he was being manipulated by one other character but how he was too far gone to really notice it. There were parts where I found the podcast narrator to be annoying but overall it worked well. Given how much violence, both physical and verbal, gets added to updates, the ending had me momentarily concerned, however it didn‚ ™t go how I expected and left us knowing what was going to occur without having to show us. Another episode touched heavily upon racial profiling as a woman tried desperately to get her son to university safely, while a racist cop seems to have it out for them. It‚ ™s also this touching on important, current events that continues to follow the ethos of the original show. One episode has a child running for president, whilst we didn‚ ™t enjoy this one as much, given the current president it felt true enough (other than the age of the would be president).
There are moments which did leave us wanting more, but the original wasn‚ ™t perfect either. I love that this has continued the legacy of The Twilight Zone and endeavoured to not alter itself too much to be new and hip. I‚ ™m looking forward to the next season.
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