New version of The Twilight Zone to be on CBS All Access

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  1. Anwar

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    Let's be fair here, the 2002 version did that too...remember how that one redid "The Monsters are due on Maple Street"?
     
  2. DarthPipes

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    Someone on another forum summed up the social commentary problem with The Twilight Zone perfectly.

    "It seems more like the writers are high schoolers who have recently become aware of social justice and want everyone to know it. Unlike the original series, they don't try to convey their message through allegory, they just scream it into your face for forty minutes."
     
  3. Mr. Laser Beam

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    At least that one tried to be subtle. It wasn't anywhere near as preachy or "woke" as this version.

    That said, if Season 2 of the current TZ is as interesting as "The Blue Scorpion" or "Blurryman", then all will be forgiven!

    I just read that THREE different actors were involved in re-creating Rod Serling for "Blurryman". One did the voice, one the face, and one the body. Rod must be a very hard man to imitate! :lol:
     
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    Souds like that person who wrote that comment never saw The Monsters are Due on Maple Street or I am the Night, Color me Black. The fact is, many of the most well remembered Serling era productions where extremely in your face where at all possible given the degree of censorship of the era.
     
  5. RJDiogenes

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    I don't remember at this point, but I remember that the 2002 version was almost impossible to sit through.

    I think that sums up the current generation, not just the TV show. :rommie:
     
  6. Anwar

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    In the 2002 version, they changed the Neighbors everyone was suspicious of to Middle Eastern Immigrants who just moved to the town and the folks responsible for the power outage to be the US Government who were testing their own citizens. And they were upset how every town they experimented on always descended to paranoia and xenophobia.
     
  7. RandyS

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    Agreed. Well said.
     
  8. Alan Roi

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    Its not easy to sit through any of the 2002 version of the Twilight Zone. It was terribad in too many ways to enumerate, painfully boring and mediocre. Mostly that the writers were utterly incapable of offering any layers to their scripts other than the most banal interpretations of what they were scripting. The sequel to Its a Good Life is the perfect example of what that iteration of the series should have never been made. For the most part, Peele's version does allow the stories does allow the viewer more than one level to appreciate. Neither of the previous reboots of the show were interested in doing that.
     
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    Serling would outright state the theme just to make it clear sometimes. The people getting upset about the messaging of the current show don’t really understand what they’re talking about. It doesn’t have to be subtle, most sci-fi isn’t. They either didn’t pick up on it when it aired or saw it so long after the actual topic has been corrected that they see it as a given and just as a simple morality tale. The show’s themes are clear because the writers want them to be, it doesn’t make it bad writing because it’s not a puzzle to solve. You knowing what’s it about is their intention. And if you think it’s going too far, maybe that’s just because you’re on the wrong side of the issue and don’t want to be reminded of that.
     
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    Kind of removes the Twilight Zone element, but it's not as bad as the current version.

    That's pretty much what I remember thinking.

    Peele's version has the superficial appearance of being Twilight Zone, but the writing and politics are just juvenile.
     
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    The 2002 Monsters was as subtle as a sledgehammer but the idea wasn't bad for the time.
     
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  12. Anwar

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    Of course, nowadays it would be called "SJW Propaganda".
     
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  13. Awesome Possum

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    By bigots.
     
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    So is any of the other stuff on CBSAA besides Discovery worth watching? I keep meaning to check out some of the other shows, like Tell Me A Story, or No Activity, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
     
  15. Alan Roi

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    I enjoyed Strange Angel.
     
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    The first two seasons of the legal drama The Good Fight (a spin-off of the broadcast CBS series The Good Wife) were excellent, before it completely went off the deep end into absurdity, poor characterization, and Trump fixation (I can't stand the guy, but it was even too much for me) in season three.
     
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    I haven't seen season 3 yet, but the reaction online makes me morbidly curious
     
  18. Mr. Laser Beam

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    I used to think that I'd like to see the Peele TZ tackle that episode. I think I've changed my mind. :lol:

    If that was a sledgehammer, the new series is a nuke.

    I actually thought it made sense. Using aliens again would just be same-old-same-old. Making it a government experiment was a nice twist.

    Kind of like "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet". They obviously weren't going to use a monster on the wing this time, so they went off on a new tangent.
     
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    I was really disappointed with the 2002 version, also. Not only because it's THE TWILIGHT ZONE, but also because Ira Steven Behr was an executive producer. I expected better from him.
     
  20. EnderAKH

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    I agree wholeheartedly with this. Supposedly Season 4 is going to focus less on the man himself, and more on how his policies affect the law, such as ignoring subpoenas.