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The Twilight Zone is probably one of the most impactful and thought-provoking shows of all time. Even just the phrase “twilight zone” is iconic. From there, it’s only natural that CBS has attempted to re-adapt the show no less than three times in the past sixty years. Could CBS All-Access now have the latest and possibly most egregious version yet? After this April Fools' Day premiere, I can say without a doubt that this show should have stayed in the fifth dimension.
Pretty much everything surrounding the series reboot even before its premiere has been more ominous than the show’s theme music. For starters, this is the third following two failed attempts to bring the series back after the death of original series creator Rod Serling. While there's always been clamoring for more Twilight Zone stories, it’s clearly impossible to replicate his creativity and public insight.
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Second, the people behind the project have been far too eager to politicize it. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Simon Kinberg commented, “The world we live in 2019 is clamoring socially, politically, morally for a new Twilight Zone. Our politics are so upside down, and because the divisions are getting wider, it’s time for a show that can be entertaining but also provide moral and social parables.” Honestly, the last thing anyone should want nowadays is more politics. Not when algorithms can be considered racist nowadays.
Finally, the new revival also features Jordan Peele as both producer and narrator. The filmmaker behind Get Out and Us has hardly been shy about his liberal outlook. Just recently, he stated that he “doesn’t see himself” casting a white man as a lead in the future because he’s “seen that movie.” In literally any other context, judging someone by their skin color is the definition of...
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