This Zone never entombs itself in nostalgia or fan service and makes a point of pulling Serling into 2019. This incarnation is as of-the-moment as Serling’s original, from the more varied filmmaking styles on display to the use of profanity and frank sexual language.
I grew up watching reruns of the original. Suffered through the disappointment of the movie and the various iterations since. I revere Rod Serling's imagination and all the heart he put into all of his writings - especially, TZ. This version is not your Dad's or Granddad's version of the Twilight Zone. It is a modern version of the Twilight Zone with modern sensibilities. Most importantly it is a modern conversation and exploration of modern social themes - just like what Rod was doing in the way back. The acting is impeccable, the look gorgeous. They are still getting their sea legs trying to find how to wrap things up without being preachy. But even Rod was preachy at times. I am grateful for this version. I hope it continues in quality for many seasons.
Watching "The Comedian" felt like a very down-to-earth story which showed viewers a small glimpse into life as a comedian. It was a good story which I though really captured what the twilight zone has always been. "Nightmare" on the other hand was even better. Paying homage to the previous "Nightmare at 20,000 feet" in a more contemporary way I thought was brilliant and really showcases what this show could be and it also shows that great episodes like these may be right around the corner. Overall I'm really looking forward to Peele's TZ.
It manages to find some middle ground between the typically cynical, technology-obsessed Black Mirror and the original Twilight Zone. The stories have been updated for the modern era in theme and content (sometimes people swear, which is honestly a little jarring), but the visuals continue to suggest more than depict.
It often looks good, with fantastic performances by Lathan, Yeun, and others framed in oblique close-ups to augment the paranoid, aberrant atmosphere, but the muddled, on-the-nose writing is stuck chasing Rod Serling’s shadow.
Four episodes made available for preview offer an uneven sampling--no surprise for a new series, especially an anthology with changing casts, writers and directors--with a wide gap separating the best, the tense, culturally resonant “Replay” from the worst, a free-falling “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet,” the only one adapted from an original episode.
Everything feels safe. In a world so weird that it’s frequently likened to a bad computer simulation, this Twilight Zone is blandness stretched into an hour-long format, storytelling that feels oddly neutered before it even begins.
They manage to take plenty of good actors and give them nothing, leaving them slipping around in vanilla. Even writer Glen Morgan, who has done excellent work, especially in the original X-Files series, can't bring any of these episodes to life. ... All four episodes are bad, but the first two are terrible.
The first episode captures the very essence of Hollywood: a bunch of people with superficial understanding of complex issues whose job -- one that makes them inordinately famous and wealthy -- is to entertain, but all they want instead is to preach their garbage ideas and to "educate" those "rubes" on how to live. No, thanks.