The revived Twilight Zone brings it first season to a curious and confusing conclusion.
The Twilight Zone
It seems the summer season has hit and taken most of our normal television with it. Good Omens drops, which should give you a few episodes to keep you busy around Marvel’s season finale of Cloak and Dagger, while the SHIELD agents return to Earth for an episode. Holmes and Watson return to New York for two episodes, and it gets difficult to see what’s in The Twilight Zone. If you still find yourself wishing you had at least a tiny bit of Marvel’s Distaff Counterpart*, Swamp Thing has you covered.
“The Traveller” was perhaps the best outing this season, and the same author’s second script also scores high among the new Twilight Zone episodes. The premises feels like The Twilight Zone and, despite Peele’s epilogue, which emphasizes one particular interpretation of the episode, “The Blue Scorpion” could be about many things.
The TV is a lot lighter this week as “Summer” is starting, though I am not sure that traditional seasons are as much of a thing as they once were. None the less, we are allegedly seeing the Season Finales of Game of Thrones, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Doom Patrol. Elementary returns and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has just started back up, too. To flesh things out, Good Omens and Swamp Thing are starting next week (May 31st.) To flesh things out, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger and The Twilight Zone continue on, and if you’ve been busy, Lucifer season 4 is still sitting out there in the Netflix queue.
Rod Serling created the original Twilight Zone, in part, to tell stories and address themes otherwise off-limits to period television. The new show operates with a good deal more freedom. “Point of Origin,” a Kafkaesque outing, has clear enough targets, and one wonders if it wouldn’t have been better to just tell some version (even a creepy, Twilight Zone version) of the real-world story.
The Twilight Zone takes a familiar starting point and develops a story that actually makes good use of its longer running time. The ending, however, may leave some viewers cold….
The Twilight Zone launches one of its stronger episodes, and one that wouldn’t be out of place (and time and space) in a revival of The Outer Limits….
The Twilight Zone follows up its strongest episode thus far with its weakest—and, yet, curiously, one which suggests the show is finding its contemporary voice.
Just in time for the Easter weekend, The Twilight Zone releases a Christmas episode, and it’s the strongest of the first four episodes. If you haven’t been watching the show, consider starting with this one.
The third episode of the new Twilight Zone brings us a parable with an location fans will find familiar, and elements many viewers will find distressingly close to reality.
It’s not perfect, but it’s the best the show has delivered to date.