Next Stop, The Twilight Zone
By Daniel F.
Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot will premiere April 1st on the streaming service CBS All Access. The reboot was first announced in a creepy Super Bowl ad that showed Peele talking in the empty stadium after he hijacked the game’s broadcast. Senior Alex B. said, “I saw [the trailer] and thought, ‘wow this is exciting.’”
The show will feature a variety of actors in the episodes, such as Seth Rogen, Jacob Tremblay, and Tracy Morgan, who appears in an official trailer for the series. The show will also feature a remake of the original series episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” retitled “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet.”
“I think the reboot looks promising. I think that the talent behind it is the best thing going for the show, said junior Gabe M. “I am very nervous that will be compared to things such as Black Mirror, but to be honest nothing in the marketing makes it look like it is standing out. I am cautiously optimistic.”
The original Twilight Zone premiered in 1959 and went on for five seasons. The show is known for the many unexpected twists, switching between horror and science fiction stories and heartwarming stories, and for creator and narrator Rod Serling, who has become a pop culture icon.
Senior Hunter S. said, “Rod Serling is my favorite part of the original Twilight Zone. He has a fitting voice and look for the show. Also, I recently found out he is the creator of the show and has written over 90 episodes. This makes me really respect and admire Serling.”
Jordan Peele has big shoes to fill, as he will be executive producer and narrator of the show. He is most known for being part of the comedy sketch show Key & Peele but has moved on to become both an intriguing and critically acclaimed horror director. He won an Oscar for his Get Out screenplay, and his new movie, Us, has garnered much critical acclaim after it appeared at the South by Southwest Festival.
“Jordan Peele is one of the funniest and more promising future directors out there,” said Gabe M. “His work on Key and Peele was amazing. His work on Get Out provided that he wasn’t just one trick pony. He is a great choice to be the narrator of the show.”
Fans of the show can be prepared for one thing though: that they’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – their next stop, the Twilight Zone.
Feature image Twilight Zone Twitter page.
Super Bowl Commercial and trailer from CBS All Access on YouTube.