Twilight Zone – “Peele”-ing back on modern society

“You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”

Those iconic words are instantly recognizable by the true TV buff and old viewers of The Twilight Zone. The show was the brainchild of screenwriter and producer, Rod Serling and it played with elements of fantasy, science fiction, sensory perception and the occult. It was this surreal blend of cooky and weird that always succeed in doing the one thing that we really want from a TV show: It allowed us to suspend our disbelief and immerse ourselves in a story.

Serling used the show to prop up analogies of societal foibles and anxieties pervasive in the 1960’s. Some episodes would touch on racial equality, gender relations and uncertainties around the advancement of technology.  Anything that gripped public attention was fodder for Serling’s commentary. The Twilight Zone was a masterpiece of television content and I was thrilled when the news came out that a reboot helmed by Jordan Peele would begin filming in Vancouver this October.  After winning the academy award for best original screenplay for Get Out, Peele has the chops and the pedigree to take on the highly anticipated project.

CBS had originally planned the reboot with director Bryan Singer of the X-Men franchise, but fans seem pleased with it’s change of direction. Peele has stated a desire to remain true to Serling’s original premise and purpose. Considering his diverse background in comedy, drama and horror, I’m more interested in how he’ll elevate the series to a place that I believe Bryan Singer never could.

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