Howdy there, Scream Freaks! It’s been 60 years since Rod Serling helped home audience unlock a door into another dimension with the key of imagination, but since Hollywood can never retire a good idea, The Twilight Zone has been revived once again, promisin’ all the ironic twists and high brow suspense that made the original broadcast a classic. Hosted by Get Out and Us director Jordan Peele, the horror guru of the hour pulls double duty as an executive producer on Twilight Zone’s fourth iteration since the days of black and white idiot boxes and aims to recreate Serling’s world of shadows and substance while re-imaginin’ classic episodes. So, far . . . we ain’t too impressed.

Now, we like The Twilight Zone, but we’re the furthest thin’ from claimin’ to be its biggest fans ’round here. We watched the TV marathons on SyFy, recognize the iconic characters, read some of the comics, enjoy the movie from the ’80s, and remember Forest Whitaker bein’ the host at one point, but we’re just average fans who catch it every now and again on TV. That said, we kicked our boots up to watch the first two episodes of its latest comeback, “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Ft,” and were left pretty frustrated and mildly entertained at best.

The premier episode, “The Comedian,” is ’bout Tracy Morgan playin’ a magical negro who tells a failin’ comic to put more of his personal life in his act so the audience will connect with him better. The advice works, turnin’ the stand-up wannabe into an overnight success, but he soon realizes anyone he mentions in his jokes disappear from existence, because he’s surrendin’ these people in his life to the audience in an almost literal sense. Eventually, it becomes too much for the fella to keep erasin’ folks from history for instant fame which screws up his timeline, and he makes a joke at his own expense to fix everythin’ with him never bein’ born. This is a top shelf production from top to bottom, but what kills us ’bout this episode is its story. We get there’s a lot of subtext here with this bein’ some big metaphor for how comics alienate themselves exploitin’ their closest amigos on stage for a laugh, but the correlation between the jokes and the disappearances are all off. Is Tracy makin’ this stuff happen or pass some curse to the fame hungry comic? The comedian wants to be genuinely entertainin’, but once he knows he only needs to say one person’s name to be a hit for the night, why even bother with jokes? For an episode featurin’ stand-up comedy, couldn’t anyone tell any actual jokes? And what’s with the competin’ comic he accuses of runnin’ over folks at a bus stop? Is that a joke in poor taste or are we to believe that guy’s just happily walkin’ ’round without anyone givin’ him shit for killin’ families?

The next episode is a re-imaginin’ of the original series’s classic “Nightmare at 20,000 Ft,” “Nightmare at 30,000 Ft.” ‘stead of Billy Shatner losin’ his shit watchin’ a carpet monster tear his flight apart in the air, this sky high scare follows a passenger who discovers an audio device that provides a blow by blow description of how his plan crashes as if it’s an unsolved mystery from the past. Scared the recordin’s not a hoax, the journalist investigates the events before the plane’s predetermined expiration but ends up doin’ more harm than good. Now, this is The Twilight Zone we were expectin’. Dull tension with bits of paranoia, lotta dialogue, and an ironic twist endin’ we see comin’ a mile away. Plays like a formulaic EC comic book a high schooler can see through, but waaay better than “The Comedian”So, kind of a rocky start for the latest swing at The Twilight Zone, but that’s the forgivin’ beauty of an anthology series. Every new episode is a fresh start with a new creative team that’ll hopefully raise the bar for audiences’ expectations. And oh yeah . . . Peele does a pretty good job as the latest host to bookend these tales. Doesn’t have quite the same charisma as Serling, but ya can’t really compare anyone to that one of a kind personality!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melvin shermen
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 17:41:45

    I thought second was good

    And don.t care the White man get murder is right sjw

    And 3 Episode was ok but Little too sjw for someone but is was ok


  2. Melvin shermen
    Apr 19, 2019 @ 17:42:31

    3 was ok but Little too sjw


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