Spoiler-Free Review of “The Twilight Zone” Reboot

“You’ll have to decide how much you are willing to give to the Twilight Zone” and I think this pretty much sums up my thoughts on the series so far.  Welcome to The Twilight Zone 2019 reboot, hosted by Jordan Peele.  The original Twilight Zone series ran from 1959-1964 with five seasons and 156 episodes.  The show was created by Rod Serling and it has been rebooted several times now as a 1983 film, a 1985 TV series, a 2002 TV series, and now with the latest addition in 2019.

The new series is airing on CBS All Access and you can currently watch the first two episodes as of April 1st 2019.  I did a free week subscription to check them out if you don’t already have CBS All Access. The season will feature 10 episodes. Starting April 11th, the episodes will air weekly (On Thursdays) from my understanding.  The show has a lot going on and it definitely tries to pay tribute to the original series, but I wasn’t really blown away by the plot for the first two episodes.  The episodes run about 55 minutes in length and I constantly found myself checking the time, as it felt like it was dragging.  I think that the episodes could have given us the same impact and mystery within 30-40 minutes.

The performances are believable and well done and we will get to see an amazing cast featured, which is definitely a positive.  I also thoroughly enjoyed Jordan Peele’s narration, as I found myself ready to embrace the Twilight Zone.  However, the story-lines for the first two episodes were somewhat predictable.  I invested myself into the mystery, but I quickly found myself guessing the outcome.  I appreciate that the show is trying to make its mark within our own society to stand out, but it failed to capture my undivided attention.  Both episodes were slow moving, but they did have some redeeming moments.  This was slightly underwhelming; however, as I typically make my determination of a show within 3 episodes.

From my understanding, the third episode (releasing April 11th) featuring Sanaa Lathan, is the best one so far and is actually really well done and unique.  I will definitely circle back and give this episode a chance, as I am a big fan of Sanaa and I would like to see her performance.  However, I’m wondering why the series did not lead with this episode if it is so outstanding?  I think that many viewers may tune out after watching the first two episodes, which really didn’t do much, especially since you need to continue with some kind of subscription to keep watching.

I appreciate that the show is trying to do something unique within our own society and time, but I found myself wanting to check out old episodes of The Twilight Zone instead.  Overall, I still think that you should give the show a chance to make your own determination and check out the first two episodes, which did have some redeeming qualities, but I’m not sure that the series will truly stand out on its own the way it was intended to.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on The Twilight Zone in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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