They travel through another dimension, a dimension that targets not only sight and sound but also the mind. A journey into a wonderful country, whose boundaries correspond to the imagination. This is the signpost in front of you ̵
Jordan Peele did not want The Twilight Zone . The acclaimed writer-director-producer may have an Oscar in his pocket, but the prospect of following in the footsteps of Rod Serling was frightening. What ultimately decided him, Peele told a crowd on Paleyfest, was how appropriate a new Twilight Zone would be at that particular time. "One of the things we kept coming back to was the right timing," said the filmmaker, "because it's one of the sentences that's been heard often once a week for the past few years:" It feels like as if we were living in the damned Twilight Zone . That was the signal.
Collaboration with other exporting producers Simon Kinberg Win Rosenfeld Audrey Chon Glen Morgan Carol Serling and Rick Berg Peele brings to the spectators a Twilight Zone that feels very much like Serling's original vision. The presence of the original Master is always palpable, and in the new series, Serling falls due, still calling him Creator. The "Twilight Zone" of 1945 (19459005)often deals with subjects that are painfully relevant today, but the real tragedy is that it was just as prevalent at the time of Serling. Our progress was minimal. "I think the only evil of our time is prejudice," Serling once said. "In almost everything I've written, there's a thread of it: the seemingly tangible need of a man not to like someone as himself."
That does not mean that the new zone is a Continuous travel is through lessons. Peele comes from a comedy scene, and Serling liked to blink and nodded. The Twilight Zone which awaits new viewers, still offers plenty of room for fun – but always with a price tag. Of the four episodes made available to the critics, there are three that flow through humor while one is incredibly tense. Strangely, the humorous episodes tend to have a less happy ending. Speaking of endings, the new Twilight Zone has a problem with them. The original show was often famed for its end, which was accompanied by big, shocking revelations that caused viewers to loop and make them think about what they've just seen. This incarnation of the series never gets there completely. Which can often be frustrating because everything that came before works so well.
But do not be discouraged: the new Twilight Zone is a must. With his flair and clever ways to connect social issues with science-fiction scenarios, Peele's new take feels truly like the series we need now. A series that holds up a mirror to the current nightmare in which we are as a society and asks us to take a deep, hard look. Nestled between all of this is an overwhelming number of Easter eggs, drawing on iconic series. This helps the new zone feel warm and inviting – as if returning home to a familiar place. And it's hard not to get goose bumps when the camera first pops up, revealing Peele, who's adorned with a suit and tie, and gives a flowery but threatening intro to the story we're about to see, just like Rod Serling so many years did
In "The Comedian" Kumail Nanjiani is a cumbersome stand-up who can not pause. Night after night, he strolls on stage and tells the same tired, listless jokes about gun control and other hot button issues. Just as his career seems to be at rock bottom, Nanjiani receives a visit to a legendary comic, played by Tracy Morgan . Morgan's creepy happy figure offers Nanjiani some advice – advice from Nanjiani to follow on stage next time. The results are amazing: the crowd eats it up, much to Nanjiani's shock and pleasant surprise. When he leaves the stage, however, he finds a strange change in his life. Every time he makes a set, things continue to change, in a shocking and disturbing way. While Nanjiani comes from a comedy background and has played stand-up in the past, he has never played such a role before. He takes him to dark places and reveals a reach that few filmmakers have exploited so far. A special highlight here is Morgan, who plays his devilish character with a constant, disturbing grin.
"Nightmare at 30,000 feet" takes its name from a classic zone episode – "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", in which William Shatner makes a gremlin on the wing discovered his plane. This is not a remake. Adam Scott is a journalist who denies a long commercial flight and discovers an MP3 player at his seat. The player has a podcast preinstalled, and Scott starts listening inquisitively. The Moderator (pronounced by Hardcore History Podcast Moderator Dan Carlin in a brilliant piece of stunt casting) begins a true story about an airplane that has disappeared from Earth's soil. If you suspect that the aircraft in question is the same as Scott's, you know your Twilight Zone . Of the four episodes I presented, "Nightmare" was the most entertaining, with Scott providing an amusing performance as a man slowly got out of balance. The only drawback is the conclusion, which makes no sense – even for an episode from the universe of The Twilight Zone .
There's a lazy apple in the group, it's "The Traveler," a horribly messed-up episode that never gets on with what it wants to be. On Christmas Eve, the story finds the staff of a small local police station in the middle of a Christmas party when an uninvited guest arrives. This guest is a man literally called A. Traveler, played by Steven Yeun (19459004). How A. Traveler apparently materialized in the police station and what he does there is a mystery. But it is ultimately a mystery with an unsatisfactory solution. The sound of "The Traveler" is unconventional and the performances are far too broad – notably Greg Kinnea r playing the local sheriff. Yuen & # 39; s work is solid, but it belongs in a better episode. There are traces of classic Twilight Zone episodes like, "Will the real Martian please get up?" And "the monsters are on Maple Street", but "The Traveler" never comes near them. If you are not a completeist, I would advise you to completely skip this episode. Unless you want to see Steven Yuen in a slim suit, which is a pretty good incentive.
The best of the first four episodes is "Rewind". a perfect encapsulation of what this modern version of the show can do. Sanaa Lathan a painful, serious and often hypnotic performance, plays a woman who finds a way to turn back some time – something she always does to save her son ( Damson Idris ) in front of a racist policeman ( Glenn Fleshler ). Given a kind of scenario from Groundhog Day where things need to be repeated over and over again, Lathan's character is constantly trying to find new ways to protect her boy – but nothing seems to work. Even if we think that Lathan's character has finally reached her destination and found a way to correct a wrong, the fake raises his ugly head again. The specter of racism is impossible to outsmart, rethink or even argue. It's a big, stupid, lumbering animal, constantly turning to the defunct. "Rewind" is the embodiment of Serling's idea that "the seemingly tangible need of a man not to like someone other than himself" stands.
The Twilight Zone will be premiered on April 1 on CBS All Access with two episodes. After the premiere, weekly weekly episodes will be released beginning on [11April1945] .
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