Rod Serling’s hit anthology series The Twilight Zone premiered in 1959 with powerful science fiction storylines that opined on societal issues. The hallmark of the show was a plot twist backed by a moral compass. Jordan Peele now has the helm of a modern reboot of the series, as producer and host.
The Twilight Zone holds an intimidating pedigree that wasn’t taken lightly by the reboot. Jordan Peele channels Serling as the Narrator, with severe suits and a somber air. Even his voice is reminiscent of the tone Serling used during the iconic introduction and conclusion of the original. The first four episodes parallel early episodes, in a clear homage to the powerful cultural legacy of the series.
“The Comedian” is a tribute to the series’ long history of telling stories about people making deals with the devil.
“Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” is an homage to the classic 1963 episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” and 1983’s Twilight Zone: The Movie with the main character trying to determine if his hallucinations on a flight are real.
“A Traveler,” focuses on how groups descend into fear of the unknown and quickly identify others as complicit, reminiscent of the 1960 episode “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” also previously remade in 2003 as “The Monsters Are On Maple Street.”
“Replay” repeats the warnings from the 1960 episode “A Most Unusual Camera,” about the ability to control the future but not your fate.
The reboot is only available on CBS All Access. The streaming service is working hard to add compelling original content to justify the subscription price of $5.99 or a commercial-free version for $9.99. Shows you can only see with a subscription include The Twilight Zone, The Good Fight, Tell Me a Story, and Star Trek: Discovery. The entertainment giant recently announced that Star Trek: Picard will only air behind the firewall after dropping a new trailer last week.
There are ten total episodes of The Twilight Zone from the first season, all of which debuted in April and May. The show was recently renewed for a second season. If you haven’t used the seven-day free trial offered by CBS All Access, The Twilight Zone is a good way to do it.
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