The Twilight Zone: Modern revival for the ages or unnecessary reboot?

The Twilight Zone, momentous institution of suspense, thrills, and horror will be rebooted, yet again, come Monday, April 1st, 2019. Helmed by Academy Award winnerJordan Peele, new horror hero, with Get Out and most recently Us, and Simon Kinberg, MCU mogul producer, this reboot promises to usher a new modern take on the timeless terror classic. But will it be able to fill these gargantuan proverbial shoes?

The original Twilight Zone, brainchild of the iconic Rod Serling, ran for 5 seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964 and engendered two, now three revivals and a movie. The original stories delved deep into the human psyche, explored its fears, questioned existence and society all while igniting imagination. These unsettling tales influenced entire generations and have served as building blocks for the science-fiction, fantasy and horror genres. It seemed to have caught lightning in a bottle. Unfortunately, so far, the reboots The Twilight Zone inspired seemed to have left audiences uninspired.

Naturally, some apprehension is expected in the wake of the lukewarm reception of these previous reboots. But the mastery and depth of Peele’s work so far gives me hope that all while artfully paying homage, he will be able to breathe an uncanny, bone-chilling and socially relevant breath into the playground of terror that is The Twilight Zone.

Peele will serve as guide and narrator throughout the new season that will contain 10 episodes. Although there has been much guesswork as to which title will air first, it seems that the first two episodes will be starring Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani respectively.

The show will kick off with Scott embodying a journalist aboard a plane, who tunes into a podcast that details the disappearance of the flight he has just embarked on and Nanjiani as a struggling stand-up comedian who soon realizes that sudden fame and success might not come without serious cost. They will be released simultaneously on CBS All Access on April 1st.

A refreshingly diverse, star-studded cast also slated to star in Peele’s reboot, including: Taissa Farmiga,  John Cho, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Steven Yeun, DeWanda Wise, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sanaa Lathan, Tracy Morgan, Greg Kinnear, Zazie Beetz, Seth Rogen, and Chris O’Dowd.

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I know I’ll be watching, but I hope we can meet in the fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. In the dimension that is as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. The middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and where lies the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. In the dimension of imagination. In the area which we call the Twilight Zone.

If you’re itching for some old school Twilight Zone in preparation the original episodes can be found on Hulu (subscription required) here.

For The Comedian trailer, click here.

To view an extended trailer of the new Twilight Zone, click here.

For the Nightmare at 30,000 ft trailer, click here.

For CBS All Access pricing, click here.

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