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Twilight Zone (2019)

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Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 1] The Comedian (56 min)
Shown 01 Apr 19

Samir Wassan (Kumail Nanjiani - X-Files: M&S Meet The Were-Monster ) is a stand-up comedian, dating the lady cop from Lucky Man . An encounter with Tracey Morgan (30 Rock) gives him a superpower. Whenever he makes jokes about someone he knows, his audience laughs and his online popularity doubles. The cost is that the person he jokes about is erased from reality.

This is basically Death Note with a new spin.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 2] Nightmare at 30,000 Feet (37 min)
Shown 01 Apr 19

A journalist gets aboard a passenger plane, and discovers a podcast that predicts the plane will crash.

This is named after the story from Twilight Zone: The Movie , which features a gremlin on the wing. However, this is a post-9/11 version.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 3] Replay
Shown 11 Apr 19

A middle-aged housewife ( Saana Lathan ) takes her tweenage son to college. The bad news is, they get pulled over by a cop for DWB (driving while black). The good news is, she has a magic video-camera that can turn back time.

Unfortunately, every time the protagonist turns back time the police officer increases the level of violence he uses. If anything, this is because the housewife's strained mental state makes her increasingly agitated, which then escalates the situation.

The twist is that the camcorder is like the magical equivalent of the camcorder that recorded the Rodney King incident in 1992. While the police officer is apparently part of a conspiracy to stop young African-American men from bettering themselves by attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the black community is now empowered because they all have camera-phones. This is actually reminiscent of a scene in Kick-Ass (2010) , when the protagonist remarks that when five guys beat someone up in public the onlookers do not attempt to intervene - they merely record the incident for the benefit of their Internet followers.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 4] A Traveler
Shown 18 Apr 19

Steven Yeun ( The Walking Dead ) is in a jail cell in Alaska, waiting for the Sheriff (Greg Kinnear - Mystery Men ) to give him a Holiday pardon. The more he talks about himself, the more it becomes apparent he is not what he appears to be.

The protagonist is the deputy. She is more than happy to believe the worst of her boss, in the hope that it will get her promoted to his job. This means she will ignore a potential invasion, whether it be by the Russians or even by aliens!

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 5] The Wunderkind (40 min)
Shown 25 Apr 19

A political campaign manager (John Cho - Sleepy Hollow ) teams up with a pre-teen YouTube star to win the US Presidential election. The boy seems to be a cry-baby ...

Cho ends up learning that he should be careful what he wishes for. Winning a popularity contest does not make a person suitable for high office. Especially if that person is childish and immature.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 6] Six Degrees of Freedom
Shown 02 May 19

A spaceship crew is about to set off for a mission to Mars. Like in The Martian , the mission commander is a woman ... but three of the five astronauts are women, and two of those women are African-American.

By incredible timing, at exactly that moment North Korea launches a nuclear strike on the USA. The astronauts fly off to Mars, and spend the better part of a year distracting themselves from the idea that Earth is a post-apocalyptic wasteland and there is nothing for them to return home to.

One of the crew suspects that the timing was too much of a coincidence, and considers the possibility that things are not as they appear. Unfortunately he is a straight-acting white male, so he might just be insane.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 7] Not All Men (43 min)
Shown 09 May 19

Taissa Farmiga is all grown up, and looks a lot more like her older sister ( Vera Farmiga ) than she used to when she played teenagers. She works in an office, and goes on a not-a-date with a male cow-orker to watch a meteorite shower.

Soon, all the males start to exhibit aggressive tendencies. They have been brainwashed by some kind of alien intervention, but the female protagonists do not notice because they think that this is normal male behaviour. Eventually they seek refuge at the gal-pal's house, but her husband Mike (Ike Barinholtz - Suicide Squad (2016) ) turns out to have toxic masculinity as well. The irony is that the women do not need alien intervention in order to display aggressive tendencies - all they need is a friendly young man to suggest that they smile more.

This is a misandrist effort, written by one woman and directed by another. For an earlier, better version of this story check out The Screwfly Solution - adapted in Masters of Horror .

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 8] Point of Origin
Shown 16 May 19

A rich white woman ( Ginnifer Goodwin ) is very upset when her Latina servant is deported to Guatemala. Unfortunately she is not upset enough, so she deserves a karmic some-uppance for being privileged and white.

The rich white woman is arrested by Federal Agents, locked in a secret detention facility without due process and interrogated by a Man In Black (James Frain - Invasion ). Instead of being a Latina refugee from war-torn Guatemala, she is accused of being a refugee from a war-torn alternate universe.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 9] The Blue Scorpion
Shown 23 May 19

A depressed man (Chris O'Dowd - Thor 2: The Dark World ) inherits a mysterious handgun named The Blue Scorpion. As he learns more about it, he suspects it might be alive. Is he halucinating?

Along with the pistol, he got a bullet with his own forename on it. However, every day he meets a different person who also has that name. So who is the bullet meant to kill?

Despite this Season's wokeness, this episode does not hard-sell an anti-gun agenda.

Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 1, Episode 10] Blurryman (37 min)
Shown 30 May 19

A writer (Seth Rogan - Your Highness (2009) ) has problems with his post-Apocalyptic storyline. When he rewrites it, he discovers that he has actually altered reality. This is all a metaphor for writers taking social responsibility for their work rather than just treat it as disposable entertainment.

The host ( Jordan Peele ), appears for his opening narration, but then breaks the fourth wall and it all gets a bit meta. He talks with Sophie the screenwriter ( Zazie Beets ), who illustrates the slippery slope from superhero movies to stupid SciFi crap to Idiocracy . She continues that The Twilight Zone isn't about the genre bullshit, it's about the message.

Sophie finds herself being stalked by a mysterious blurry man who appeared in the background of the show. Then she starts to become unstuck in reality, travelling back to her childhood and sideways into the original series.

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    Season 2

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 1] Downtime
    Shown 25 Jun 20

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 2] The Who of You
    Shown th July 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 3] A Human Face
    Shown th July 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 4] 8
    Shown th July 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 5] Among the Untrodden
    Shown th July 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 6] Meet in the Middle
    Shown th July 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 7] A Small Town
    Shown th August 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 8] Try, Try
    Shown th August 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 9] You Might Also Like
    Shown th August 2020

    Twilight Zone (2019) Twilight Zone (2019) [Season 2, Episode 10] Ovation
    Shown th August 2020