Twilight Zone (General Conversation)

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by ADG, May 16, 2019.

  1. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    Rod Serling's widow is a producer on the show, so presumably she signed off on...

    creepy CGI Rod Serling showing up at the end of the final episode.
  2. ADG

    ADG Allan

    Aug 19, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    Well, just saw the last episode and IMO they're 10 for 10. Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
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  3. jamesbobo

    jamesbobo with a grain of salt

    Jun 18, 2000
    I watched the first episode only because it was available for free on YouTube. I was not impressed, but at least it saved me the trouble of trying out CBS All Access.
  4. Beryl

    Beryl Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 22, 2009
    Nice. My free 30 trial as expired and I was wondering if I had to wait until all of Picard and that new courtroom drama had been dropped before seeing the last episode.

    Looks like it will be a minute before the next season starts
    Jordan Peele Is Ready For Another Season Of 'The Twilight Zone'

    (We get it, ADG , you don’t like this remake.)
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  5. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    I thought it was interesting that...
    Serling's voice was provided by Mark Silverman, who is the same actor who did Serling's voice on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney World (and formerly Disneyland too).

    When they were working on the Tower of Terror ride film, they auditioned a bunch of different voice actors and Serling's widow personally chose Silverman. I guess it became a lifetime gig for him (although, not that frequent).

    As for the series as a whole, I agree with those who have said that many of the episodes were too long. A half hour long episode seems to be the sweet spot for the Twilight Zone. Even in the original series, the half hour episodes from seasons 1, 2, 3, and 5 were generally better than the hour long episodes they did in season 4.

    As with any anthology series, the episodes varied widely in quality. Even the Serling original had its fair share of weak episodes. We just remember the good ones. I thought the last two episodes had the feel of the old Twilight Zone.

    I know Peele has announced that they're going to make black and white versions of the episodes available at some point, I think it would be interesting if they also took that opportunity to cut the episodes down to about a 25 minute runtime.
  6. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    Already released on CBSAA...
  7. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    I thought the season finale (S01E10) was the weakest of the season... Poorly written...poorly acted...
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I've seen 2 of them.. It's watchable. That's more positive than it probably sounds. I have CBS, but ended up watching them at a friend's house.
  9. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2003
    I just finished the finale, which was probably among my least favorite.

    I honestly didn't get the finale, or maybe I did. I'm not even sure.

    I get that it had this meta thing going, and that it was Rod Serling and that the lady turned out to be inside the episode and wandered off into the twilight zone at the end. I just don't get why anyone was throwing books or flipping tables. The destination was fine, but the journey was a mess. I'm going to have to seek out an explanation on the Internet to tell me what I missed, and that's a pretty big fail, either a fail on me or a fail on the writers.

    Overall I enjoyed the series, felt it was pretty strong, and look forward to more. From what I recall of the original twilight zone, I didn't have to like every episode. What they provided was variety, the nature of variety is that you like some things more than others. I felt in general the casting and the filmography were good. Sometimes the stories went a little too far. Like the Terror at 40K remake, if they'd have ended it 5 minutes sooner the episode would have been better for it.
  10. robojerk

    robojerk Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Laguna Hills CA
    I've defended this show saying it's "okay", good background show or something to fill time with.

    I should note however I am not paying to watch this show on CBSAA. Now that The Good Fight, and Star Trek: Discovery have ended if I was paying for CBSAA I'd be underwhelmed too I guess.
  11. MikeekiM

    MikeekiM Palindromer

    Jun 25, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    I agree... My favorites are (not the real titles...just a couple of words that remind me of the episode):
    • Episode 1 - Comedian
    • Episode 3 - Black Racism
    • Episode 7 - Woman Abuse
    • Episode 8 - Immigration

    Honorable Mention (only because I want to support my Asian American "brothers". I actually didn't really enjoy the episodes per se):
    • Episode 4 - Steven Yuen
    • Episode 5 - John Cho
  12. Test

    Test Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2004
    Just caught up with this while trying out CBSAA (free 30 day) and I agree with a lot of whats already been posted here.
    Should be shorter, some too on the nose while some aren't clear at all (finale), some bad acting, some bad writing...but I'm a sucker for these kinds of shows so I watched all 10.

    Like smbaker, I didn't get the finale

    It seemed like they had the idea to get cgi serling in and worked around that. If anyone wants to explain it to me let me know. Also, how can people do those deep fakes at home on their PCs and this production screwed up cgi serling so bad??

    This series definitely didn't feel like the twilight zone, maybe the episodes were too high brow for me. I'm use to the twilight zone with stories where you could say ohhhh the humans were the monsters the entire time! ohhhh they were toys in a bin the entire time! ohhhh she was good looking the entire time! ohhhh a different alien race with three eyes is invading and took over the diner the entire time!
  13. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Annoyed. I just found it Season 2 is starting on the 25th, but CBS All Access. In Canada, you can't get that, but in general, it shows on a local cable channel (CTV SciFi, previously SPACE) as it had for all other CBS shows.

    Except I can't find it in the guide at all - anyone know if it's showing in Canada at all?
  14. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    The first season aired on City TV. The second season doesn't appear to be on their schedule at this time.

    EDIT: Found this on their Twitter...
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  15. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    They announced some time back that CBSAA was launching in Canada. I’m not Canadian so I haven’t tried it, but that’s what they announced.
  16. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000

    I know CBS AA was supposed to come to Canada, but nothing as of yet - you'd think there would be some major anouncements about it. After all, there are plenty of ads for Crave and all the other streaming services in Canada.

    I guess it's only available via magic for now...
  17. Generic

    Generic Now in Dolby Digital

    Dec 26, 2005
    The first episode of season 2 is available on YouTube. It was uploaded by CBS so it won’t be taken down.
  18. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    CBS AA is available, although its content is significantly less than what is available in the US (no Star Trek, which is all on Crave/CTV Sci-Fi). I signed up for the 30 day trial to see if Twilight Zone season 2 is on there, and it isn't currently. Season 1 is though.

    It does have the entire original TZ series from the 60s, so that's how I'll use my 30 day trial before cancelling because none of the other content they have available in Canada interests me much.
  19. Worf

    Worf Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Heh. I picked up the 60s and 80s TZ on Blu-Ray and DVD (respectively) a couple of weeks ago.

    Apparently CBS dumped the entire Season 2 TZ on CBS AA - all 10 episodes. So I'm not sure if it will show up on regular TV in Canada if all the episodes are out. And it's also odd that the Canadian CBS AA doesn't have it. I'm guessing the rights are really messy between City and CBS

    I can't imagine CBS AA having much given how many different entities have rights to CBS shows in Canada.
  20. getbak

    getbak Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Calgary, AB

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