Twilight Zone (2002)

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Twilight Zone (2002)
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You're travelling to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound... but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land, whose boundaries are only that of the imagination... you're entering... the Twilight Zone... What began in 1959 with the great Rod Serling continues into the 21st century with a new host, Forest Whitaker, on a new network and told with completely new stories. Although there are minor similarities to older episodes of TZ, and a remake or two tossed in, these are still new ideas, told with a fresh and modern approach and delivered in that same chilling yet romantic style that still manages to captivate, compel and enchant us all... The show aired on UPN for one season (44 episodes) and it aired double pack episodes every week. The original Twilight Zone series aired from 1959 with host Rod Serling, and continued in 1985 with Charles Aidman and Robin Ward in The Twilight Zone (1985). This was the third screening of the show, but was cancelled after only one season.moreless

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    • Works...

      It's no stretch of the imagination to say that Rod Serling's 1959 sci-fi drama 'The Twilight Zone' is a classic series that ranks up there with the best shows of all time. In fact, it's so obvious, it's almost a statement of fact cowardly disguised as an opinion. It's like people who say they are against war or don't like death. Really? Wow, that's bold.

      So, Serling's creation is a classic. I can sit and bask in all its black-and-white glory, low budget effects and post-nuclear to-the-camera moralizing during New Year's Day marathons on the Sci-Fi Channel for hours on end. This is not 'the real' Twilight Zone' but UPN's debunked experiment to remake the series and update it for a new generation (hosted by a wildly miscast Forest Whitaker). However, I approach this show not as a cockeyed purist or one of the many pseudo-intellectuals who insists that entertainment was better back in the day. 'The Twilight Zone', and it's unforgettable formula, is exactly the type of series that can be resurrected and re-invented for future generations in response to the needs and fears of the current political and social climate of that generation. As it has already been tried once before in 1985 with lukewarm results.

      This show doesn't even come close to rising to the challenge or exploring the entirely free universe that the premise provides its writers. This is a sell-out, bargain basement 'Twilight Zone'-lite. Aside from great writing, creepy premises and patented ending twists, the biggest asset Serling brought to 'Twilight' was incalculable passion. It was his baby. All of which this show lacks in spades. It's unclear if the writers are lazily coasting on the show's namesake or working under Serling's shadow constantly in fear of doing anything bold and screwing up. The ironic thing is that, like the original, this remake could have probably gotten by with phony special effects and campy acting if it had something to say. But the stories are tedious. Pure sci-fi movie-of-the-week trash. When they couldn't make original episodes work, they resorted to guest stars and glamorous babes to titillate the audience with cheap soft-core stories (such as fictitious sex-pot women created via writing or holograms who soon start acting human) . When that didn't work, the show resorted to simply re-creating classic 'Zone' episodes. Something this series does have to it's name is an eye-catching roster of talented guest stars. See Amber Tamblyn before her breakout series and Dylan Walsh before hi. See veteran actors like Jason Alexander, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christopher McDonald, Cloris Leachman. More appealing is the chance to see character actors that have caught my eye over the years and I so can't get enough of I'd even watch this show to see what they can bring to it. That list includes such criminally ignored versatility as Linda Cardellini ('Freaks and Geeks'), Christopher Titus ('Titus'), Jeremy Piven ('Cupid'), Jason Bateman & Portia De Rossi (pre-'Arrested Development'), Vivica A. Fox ('Getting Personal'), Patrick Warburton & Wayne Night ('Seinfeld'), Xander Berkley ('24'), Robin Tunney, Alicia Witt ('Cybill'), Paul Rodriguez and even Jessica Simpson. But in the end, the guest star on the title draws us in like a fly to the bug zapper. That's what makes this all the tougher to watch. To see these people working with material so far below their means is almost sad. 'The Twilight Zone' could have been so much more then just letting us see what 'The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street' would look like with a new cast and the social climate it was pertinent in now 40 years in the past. I'm harsh on this show because I do not believe that there are no new ideas or that this hackery is a fraction of what the creative minds of this generation can come up with. You're better off with the 'Futurama' homage 'The Scary Door' over this.moreless
    • Its not as good as the original but its still great

      This is the 2002 revivial of the twilight zone and it's the second revival Rod serling sadly wasn't in this revial because he died so the narrator is forest whittaker hes an okay narrator. The episodes here are great ones and of course some are bad but the other two twilight zones had the same problem. I think my favorite episode is when a woman is sent back in time to kill hitler the twist endings are here and the great writing. Theres also remakes of the monsters are on maple street and the eye of the beholder. The show was cancelled or ended too soon (im not sure which one it was).moreless
    • A remake of the original Twilight Zone.

      All too often when doing a remake, the creators do not think about why the original was so popular.

      This is a classic example. All the way down to the theme song, they tried to make everything more modern to appeal to a new audience. However, this is a new generation with totally new ideas and thoughts. You can not just us an electric guitar to play the old music, you must either use the old or write a new piece.

      The same goes for the episodes. The ones that were amazing for a generation ago will not have the same impact on this current generation. It is just a simple fact.

      For that reason, this show did not succeed. It would have been better for them to simply rerun old episodes, or try to start an entirely new show that was similar, like the Outer Limits.

      I appreciated the desire to create another show of this style, but they really did not do very well.moreless
    • Great show!

      i really like Horror and suspense movies, and this show has it!! I like all the episodes on this show they always have twists on the end.. Thats why i like this show... Some of the episodes are really scary, and its good to watch them at night... I think the old Twiglight Zone was good too, but i hate watching black and white color movies, and the Twiglight Zone from 1980's is great too .. The new Twilight Zone from 2002 revival series tended to address contemporary issues head-on; terrorism, racism, gender roles, and sexuality. Thats why its great couse those things seem to be the problem now in days..moreless
    • Fun sci-fi TV series with a different story every week.

      This series was originally created by Rod Serling is one of the great writing geniuses of our time. He took TV when it was still pretty new and came up with something totally different. He didnt have all of that high tech computers and digital manipulation that the people of today have and yet nobody can make a show as good as this. He is one of the founding fathers of Sci-Fi in my opinion along with Gene Rodenberry and Isac Asmov. I love it on holidays when they run a twilight zone marathon and I can just watch it all day. This would be a good one to buy on DVD if it is available. I still will watch the new versions of twilight zone and outer limits, but neither one is as good as the original. His Night Gallery was great too.moreless

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