Last iteration of the innovative, influential TV classic Twilight Zone takes great chances with its first two episodes that are already available in CBS All Access. Here's a quick look:
- One of the episodes is "The 30,000-foot Nightmare," a 20,000-foot Nightmare Reef, one of the most famous Zone of the Twilight featuring William Shatner.
- "The 20,000-foot nightmare" was revised once before, for what is generally considered the best segment of Twilight Zone: The movie starring John Lithgow and directed by George Miller. The original "20,000-foot Nightmare" was not written by Rod Sherling's creator. Instead, Richard Mattison adapted his own story. (The director Richard Donner, who later made the films Omen Superman and Lethal Weapon .)
- The 30,000 foot nightmare has a similar prerequisite for his predecessors : a nervous man (played by Adam Scott in this version) is panicked and paranoid during a long flight, disturbing his colleagues. But the real storyline is entirely new ̵
- Another episode that debuted today, "The Comedian" is … well, that's pretty bad.
So let me first send a "comic" to get to the good things
Written by Al ex Rubens Key & Peele Associate who co-authored the film Keanu with a director best known for chasing the beloved "Black Mirror" episode San Juanpero), the Comedian "Kumail Nanjani" is Samir Vassan, who fights a comedian who usually generates only a few polite hychakania with his catchy political commentary. When famous comedian JC Wheeler (played by Tracy Morgan) goes to the club one night, he tells Samir: "No one wants to hear you make points," and advises him instead to go deep into his "one resource," his own life. , Wheeler warns Bassan that if he does and the audience connects with her, the personal material will be "gone forever".
Samir soon realizes that JC means this literally. When he jokes with his dog, or his nephew's nephew, or one of his rivals in the club, even before leaving the scene, these living creatures have disappeared from reality, past and present. (19459031) (or even an episode by Rod Serling ] (or even an episode of Rod Serling ) A Nightmare who told of such a "desperate comedian who gets more than he fought" with "Make Me Laugh," directed by young Stephen Spielberg. But is this a good enough prerequisite for a 50-minute brand? Friends, it is not. The first sign that the Comedian will be dropped comes early when Rubens and Harris take more than ten minutes to get to the part where Jordan Peeel appears in his delicate suit that tells us in a scruffy voice. Samir Vassan has entered the Twilight Zone
The main problem with the Comedy is that he is too closed to consider every corner of his poor hero's "gift" to the point of milling. It takes too long for Samir to understand that he must have the power to wipe out the people of existence. Then he realizes that some of his small changes have major consequences – for example, his relationship with his long-time friend Rena (played well by Amara Karan) – the plot does not break. Wassan just keeps recording one loss after another.
Nanjiani is a strong leader, and Diarra Kilpatrick gives great performances as an ambitious colleague who insults, infuriates and inspires Samir. The episode as a whole has an intriguing view of comedy and fame, which suggests that the public wants their favorite celebrities to sacrifice their souls. But it's a pretty sour point to get stuck for almost an hour. About an hour! There is absolutely no excuse for Comedian to be such a test of endurance.
The 30,000-foot nightmare may also be too long. (First, the code of the episode is a mistake, but I will go back to that.) But at least most of its surpluses are fun and thematically defensible.
Written by Defenders and Writer-Files writer / producer Glen Morgan, directed by Emmy-winner "Head of the House" Greg Yaitanes, at 30,000 feet is Adam Scott who plays Justin Sanderson, a successful but accountable investigative reporter who took a transatlantic flight 1015 in Tel Aviv, at 22:15, in storm 15 October. In the original movie "Nightmare" – and in the movie on Twilight the nerve passengers fled because they saw a gremlin tearing the wing of the plane. In this updated version, Sanderson opens a digital audio player in his pocket, containing a disturbing podcast … about the mysterious disappearance of Flight 1015!
In essence, "The 30,000-foot Nightmare" tells the same story as the earlier "Justin brings to everyone's nerves, warning that they are all in mortal danger, according to the troubling details he has taken from the podcast. In the end, after the ground of the plane was restrained, we find that – just like the characters played by Shatner and Lithgow – Justin Sanderson on Scott was right to be terrible, albeit for various reasons than flyers that had traveled through the area of the dusk in front of him.
There are, however, a few big differences this time, though, beyond a prophetic podcast that takes the place of a little plane-destroying monster. From the very beginning, Ramirez, Morgan, Yaitane and Scott associate Justin's paranoia with something more than a nervous state. The episode starts with an additional screening of security and shows it buys an airport magazine with a story telling about the irritating politics of modern society entitled "The End of Decency?"
the prejudices of viewers – and of the heroes – like this plane, connected with Israel, are borrowed by bearded Muslims, muscular Russians and a drunken former pilot, played with the utmost oil by Chris Diamantopoulos. Since the podcast recommends Justin to his fellow travelers – and reminds them that one of them may be responsible for flight problems 1015 – he exaggerates and mistakenly judges who he is – who and to what extent they are ready.
never makes too much a deal about Justin's presumptions … at least until culmination when he sealed the death of his and his flight wives by effectively turning the jet into the scattered shirt of Diamantopoulos. Although he has heard that this man is talking about losing his job for "too many mistakes I can not bring back" – and although he has seen him hate many mini-bottles of alcohol, he seems to have implicitly believed, that the kind white man knows more about what to do from all the darker and thicker people on the plane.
My one big beef for "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" is that it has a perfect ending: Adam Scott gives a lot of Adam Scott to line-up, "Oh, he is a pilot!" his Sanderson realizes which podcast he has been talking about all the time. Then he undermines that pity with an epilogue when the hero wakes up on an island and opens a new podcast that describes his death in the hands of all the other passengers who have suffered the crash of the plane. Reducing: these many passengers were heading for him. Ha ha.
Yet, "The Nightmare" makes a much better case for the relevance and viability of this new Zone of the Twilight than the "Comic". Stylistically, she plays with a very specific kind of modern estrangement: the feeling of constantly being watched, but quite alone. Flight 1015 has tuned cameras so passengers can observe the pilots; and almost everyone has a phone ready to document every one of Justin's melting. Still, when I put my headphones to remove the noise to listen to the podcast, the audio mix of the episode changes to highlight its isolation. No one shares their delusions – if so.
At one point, Air Marshal tries to pull our man off the edge, telling him that it's easier to recover from error than to redeem anything stupid. he plans to do. But despite his worries, he is a confident dude, this Justin Sanderson. He will continue to insist that he knows what is right to the ground.
- The class attached to this double review averaged the two episodes. If I categorized them individually, I would give "30,000 feet Nightmare" "C +" and "Comic" and "S" (I have not seen the other two episodes previously provided to the critics.) For a preliminary review of all the episodes I'm directing you to the great take of Dannett Chavez.)
- The Comedian makes full use of CBS's ability to access full television broadcasts, but the "30,000-foot Nightmare" has only one non-network friendly moment when Justin talks to her wife on the phone and says of her past: "I saw somehow oh shit fucked up and fucked me. " this line was added to raise the rating, so no one would think the show would always be suitable for the younger audience. (Whether or not The Twilight Zone needs to be "mature" is another issue that I can turn to in a future review, it's already shot in its own version as