The Twilight Zone: Season One                       review by Bobby Blakey

From 1959 to 1649 host Rod Serling captivated audiences with some of the most unique stories on TV with The Twilight Zone. Throughout the years the show has found new life with two revivals and a feature film. Now the show is back once again with an all-new series on the CBS All-Access streaming service featuring Jordan Peele taking on multiple duties including Executive Producer and host.

 

The Twilight Zone is an American anthology web television series developed by Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele, and Marco Ramirez, based on the original 1959 television series created by Rod Serling. This first season features tales of science fiction, fantasy and the occult, exploring humanity's hopes, despairs, prides and prejudices in metaphoric ways. Going into this new take on the show I had confidence in Peele’s vision after his great entries into the horror/thriller genres with Get Out and Us, but not so much of him as host. Serling are pretty big shoes to feel from an iconic standpoint so had reservations, but thankfully they were unwarranted as Peele is great here as is the rest of the show.

 

Each of the stories takes on not only the supernatural strangeness as expected, but also topical situations of today. With using this format it takes out some of the often preachy elements that come out of them and instead smacks you in the face with the truth through creative storytelling and excellent writing. I was never an avid viewer to any of the other series, but believe only one episode is based on a classic episode being Nightmare at 30,000 feet which was not only a classic episode, but also redone for the feature film.  

 

I loved every episode of the show with each of them bringing different tones and focus to keep it fresh throughout the season right up until the awesome final episode. Each episode sports a pretty impressive cast including Kumail Nanjiani, Tracy Morgan, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Adam Scott, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ike Barinholtz, and so many more. Being on the streaming service it allows them to

go all in with the violence and fun and it pays off big. The final episode brings it altogether not only doing something pretty fun but paying great homage to the original series in an insanely awesome way.

 

In addition to all 10 episodes of the season this release offers up bonus content including commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, a music video and featurettes taking you behind the door of the series. Grab your copy of The Twilight Zone: Season One available now on Blu-ray and DVD from CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment.

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