As we approach Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone reboot, a couple of inevitable questions come up: What made the show so special in its original run, and what do Peele and his team need to do to recapture the spirit of Rod Serling’s opus without just copying it?
There’s a lot to be excited about regarding the new Twilight Zone. With his brand new hit Us, 2017’s Get Out, and even some of the stranger Key & Peele skits, Peele has proven that he has the kind of incisive mind that can look at social situations and pick out what makes them weird and potentially uncomfortable. This is exactly the kind of talent you need to revisit TV’s classic creepshow for the thinking man.
When The Twilight Zone premiered, the television landscape was a very different place. Generally speaking, primetime television wasn’t meant to make neurons fire. It was visual comfort food as far as the eye could see – sensible chuckles and mild anxiety that would be resolved in no longer than 23 or 50 minutes, plus commercials. Then comes The Twilight Zone, a show that had people shivering and, 60 year later, still has the capacity to leave the viewer uneasy.