CBS made a lot of sci-fi fans happy yesterday with a new The Twilight Zone trailer. If you have not watched it, feel free to do so now!
Witness the reimagining of the most iconic series of all time, hosted by Academy Award® winner @JordanPeele.#TheTwilightZone premieres April 1, only on @CBSAllAccess: https://t.co/2CmHhdwTm8 pic.twitter.com/LiQv0WP2nG
— The Twilight Zone (@TheTwilightZone) February 21, 2019
Now that you’ve watched it (or watched it for the hundredth time), let’s dive in. Originally premiering in 1959, The Twilight Zone continues to add fans to its already immense cult following. When news broke a few years ago that the series would be brought back with Jordan Peele at the helm, some fans were uncertain if such a choice was too risky. With each piece of information that comes out before the big April release, more and more fans are getting on the Peele bandwagon. Seriously, let’s think about how such choice is a great one. If there is anyone on the planet right now who possesses a Rod Sterling-like vibe, Jordan Peele checks those boxes.
Now, Sterling was in a league of his own when it came to creativity and ambiance, and many can agree that he was way ahead of his time cinematically. There were little to no expectations when Sterling created the show in the 1950s, but he was an established name in Hollywood. Heck, the show infamously sat on the shelf for some time due to a lack of faith by production companies. Peele is not new to Hollywood, but in terms of directing and producing, he made his debut in 2017. The series is special, and if the previous reboots tell us anything, it is hard to capture the uniqueness and charm Sterling originally had. People often overlook the fact that Sterling was rather political and used his platform to voice his opinion on issues like war and racism. In comparison Jordan Peele is very similar with his role in today’s Hollywood, and his vision for his works carries a similar weight. Thus, I think Peele is going to rock this project.
The casting for this series has all the right pieces to be successful, as many of the actors have their own little cult followings based on their previous work. Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Ginnifer Goodwin, Zabryna Guevara, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, and Steven Yeun are just a few of the talented actors with roles in the new series, and you can see most of them in the trailer at one time or another.
Did you spot all of the easter eggs within this trailer? Geesh, there were quite a few. One of my favorite original episodes was “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” guest-starring William Shatner, and it looks like Adam Scott’s character will have a similar experience. (Also, one should note the Wing Monster doll that appears to be washed ashore from the same episode.) I noticed two other iconic episodes referenced by way of the Mystic Seer and Henry Corwin (AKA Drunk Santa). I know there are many more, but the subtlety of such easter eggs makes me more excited for the show.
Lastly, the format/timeline of the show is still unclear. One of the most charming aspects of the original series was its anthology format with the consistent Rod Sterling narrator. I would hope that the rebooted format will follow a similar arrangement, but it is really hard to say based on the trailer. The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS All Access with a two episode release on April 1, and the rest of the season will release on April 11.
Jon Maus is a high school English Language Arts teacher and an all-around pop culture enthusiast. He has a B.S. and a M.E. in English. Some of his favorite fandoms include The Walking Dead, Marvel, Disney, Back to the Future, and the Karate Kid.