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May 09, 2019 22:24:48

'The Twilight Zone' Reboot Is...A Mixed Bag

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I'm multi-tasking by watching episode 7 of The Twilight Zone as I write this. Thus far, this first season of the reboot (which has been renewed for a second season) has had some hits but also some misses.

If I write anything that could be seen as a spoiler I'll make it abundantly clear, since the idea behind The Twilight Zone is sometimes that the end can be a twist, or a surprise.

Let's go down the line with the episodes. In this post, I'll tackle the first 2.

Episode 1 — "The Comedian"

Kumail Nanjiani (of Silicone Valley fame) stars as a struggling comedian. He meets a comedy legend in the bar where he's performing, and this comedian suggests that he include more personal material in his act. 

After performing a successful set by doing so, he returns home and discovers that some things in his life have changed. The more personal he gets on stage, the more the audience laughs. But this also leads to more drastic changes in his life. 

I enjoy Nanjiani and he's great in this role. The premise is alright, but the episode felt long. And I'm not sure it's strong enough to open the entire rebooted series. 

After all these years, and some likely brilliant minds helping to craft it, I feel like it left me a bit disappointed. Like "oh, that's it?"

Episode 2 — "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet"

Adam Scott (from Parks and Recreation) is a journalist who's suffering from PTSD. He boards a flight from Washington, D.C. to Tel Aviv and right before takeoff he finds an MP3 player in his seat pocket. On it, there's a podcast that's telling the story of the very flight he's on. It recounts the events before its mysterious disappearance, an hour into its flight. 

As things from the podcast start to come true, he begins to act erratically because he's trying to solve the mystery and prevent the plane from crashing. The only person who believes him is a former pilot who's a passenger on this flight. Is this guy a friend? A foe? Can he be believed?

This episode is a bit of a spin on the classic William Shatner episode from 1963 called "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". 

Again, it's just alright and Scott does a fine job but I was left wanting more at the end. Or different. I dunno. Just didn't feel fulfilling.


I'll continue this with the remainder of the episodes, at some point. Of the 5 others I've watched, 2 of them were great, and the other 3 were pretty good. 

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