As fans of genre anthology series, we’ve been waiting for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot for quite some time. Now that a few episodes have aired, it’s time to determine if the modern version makes the grade or not, but like any anthology, the episodes are not all going to have the same wow factor. From Peele’s Serling-style intro to the themes the stories explore, certain elements were more notably successful than others.
Since “The Comedian” was available on YouTube in advance of The Twilight Zone‘s double-episode premiere, the discussion of the premiere lies outside of the spoiler zone. Then spoilers of a sort begin at the 19-minute mark as we dive into the reimagining of a classic The Twilight Zone episode with “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” which added more to the psychological tale than simply another 10,000 feet. Both hosts really enjoyed these premiere episodes and have high hopes for the season ahead.
The third episode of The Twilight Zone reboot just aired a few days ago, so the discussion is short and sweet on “Replay,” but the philosophical discussion of social commentary in the series gets a little deep. Similarly, we puzzle over the multiple appearances of the number 1015 in several of the episodes, including the forthcoming fourth installment, “A Traveler,” which was provided to members of the press ahead of time. What could this mysterious Easter egg mean?
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