TWILIGHT ZONE, THE (2019): SEASON 2 - 3 DISC - DVD
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Executive Producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg's modern reimagining of the classic TV series continues the legacy of socially conscious storytelling. Featuring enthralling narration from Peele and an all-star cast including Tony Hale, Ethan Embry, Billy Porter, Jurnee Smollett, Joel McHale, Christopher Meloni, Jenna Elfman, Damon Wayans Jr., Topher Grace, and Gretchen Mol, Season Two uses introspection and self-exploration to usher viewers into a dimension filled with endless possibilities.
- Package Dimensions : 18.9 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 120 Grams
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Release date : 20 October 2021
- Actors : Morena Baccarin, Colman Domingo, Jurnee Smollett, Joel McHale, Damon Wayans Jr.
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B09D8M7TL8
- Country of origin : Australia
- Writers : Jordan Peele, Simon Kinberg, Marco Ramirez
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Fans will be pleased. Not only does season 2 give us the infamous title track we also get Serling himself, weaving in actual episodes as he introduces each one. Many with thinking out of the box thought.
This season was a little down on the first, with 29 episodes. Also the producers wanted to cut the budget- so unfortunetly 6 episodes were shot on videotape. So you get the quality of how British shows such as Thriller, Some Mothers Do Ave Em and the Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H. It is a process which makes the episodes look weak and untidy, it also strongly affects the sound. When a character is not near the background there voice is distant and they actually have to scream to be heard. So, it saved the producers 10,000 dollars an episode, but thank God they woke up and realised it wouldn't work. Like I say only 6 episodes are affected by this budget cut, and in fact there not bad stories anyways.
For such a great season, season 2 actually gets off to an awkward start- indeed the first four episodes are nothing to get excited about. King Nine Will Not Return can not hold the viewer for five minutes let alone 20. The Man in the Bottle is a great idea- but like season 1s Escape Clause you are litearlly pulling your hair out and how the people involved can turn a disadvantage into an advantage but fail to do so. The Hitler scene is fairly amusing though. Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room is well acted, but offers very little in a story and isn't an episode you would be rushing out to watch any time soon. A Thing about Machines is a slight improvement, but again nothing special.
But season 2 goes up a gear with the next inventive episode, The Howling Man, is the Devil really being held captive? Next up is one of the most famous episodes in television history let alone The Twilight Zone. Eye of the Beholder sends home a powerful message whilst giving us groundbreaking make up at the same time, wonderfully thought and directed also. Nick of Time starring a young William Shatner is superb as a man who lets a fortune machine run his life. A classic episode. The Lateness of the Hour is a curiorsity, given that the episode is shot almost entirely in one room and on the dreaded videotape. But the acting is so good that this is a very good episode.
Whilst fans and critics hail season 1s Walking Distance as one of the finest episodes of the Zone, I would have to disagree and say that for its type it is The Trouble with Templeton. A superb emotionally woven tale of a man who gets a chance to go back 30 years and be with the love of his life who had died young. The climax is simply stunning. This is a hard episode to follow up and even though A Most Unusual Camera satisfies to an extent, it just feels too goofy, especially after watching such serious fare as Templeton. Great acting though. Night of the Meek doesn't have a great plot, revolving around a drunk Santa whose only wish is for presents for local kids. This shouldn't work, but it does. It has a charm of its own all done and wrapped up in 20 minutes which is no mean feat.
Dust is another episode with a thin plot, but an episode that works through the quality of writing and actors. Back There is a good episode, and one thinks that a certain Robert Zemeckis may have picked up a little on this episode for Back to the Future, just a little. It's a well done episode with a time travel ripple effect that you won't see coming. Great sets too. This brings us in my opinion to the worst episode on the set, and perhaps one of the worst in Zone history- The Whole Truth. A used car salesman must tell the truth once he purchases a haunted car. Doo dah! Think John Carpenter's Christine mixed in with an episode of the Care Bears. Near awful. But the Zone was always ready to surprise, and the next episode is a bonafide classic- The Invaders. An episode that plays on human emotion and almost not a word is muttered, as Agnes Moorhead has tiny visitors from another planet in her house to deal with. Great ending.
A Penny for your Thoughts along with The Mind and the Matter are two passable episodes that play it more for laughs. The Zone gives both second chances, and I always liked when the show gave a non reversible choice, so these fail a little. Twenty Two is a good story about a woman possesed by the number 22. Great story, poor effects and shot on videotape, good acting saves the episode. Now The Odyessy of Flight 33 sounds like classic TZ, but the non reaction of the actors and borderline acting make this quite a forgetable episode, which is a shame as the plot promised much.
Mr Dingle, the strong is another goofy fun episode, but it does have Burgess Meredith in it- there are some nice scenes. Static drags a little, but gets over its point in a good way by the end. The Prime Mover should be filed with Escape Clause and this seasons The Man in the Bottle- again a winning position that is squandered through an unbelievable plot that has you grinding your teeth and throwing something at the TV. It looks nice and tries to tell you a morale to the story, but come on, no one is listening.
Long Distance Call is quite effective, but the viewer ends up having no sympathy with the central character of the story. A Hundred Yards Over the Rim is solid TZ stuff, working very well- good script, good acting. The Rip Van Winkle Caper is entertaining. Most probably you can see what will happen, but that doesn't take away from an enjoyable episode. The Silence is a good episode also with a neat twist. Shadow Play ups the gears once again- starring Dennis Weaver who would go on to play the harrassed driver in Steven Spielberg's Duel. This is up there as one of the greats for sure. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?, gives me memories and goosebumps. Personally this is the pinnacle of the Twilight Zone for me, my very favourite episode over the 156 that were made. It has all the ingredients right here that made The Twilight Zone so special. A whodunnit, a mystery person, black humour, suspicion and a wonderful double twist. Apart from the very young couple, everyone shines here. Hey it has Jack Elam in it. And Barney Phillips plays it so well- not to mention a starring role for John Hoyt. An absolute classic! The season is rounded up with Burgess Meredith again, in one of the Zone's most powerful episodes, The Obselete Man- a haunting tale of a future without ideas.
Overall Season 2 is equalled with season 1, however season 2 has a more confident streak too it and I would nudge it ahead of the premiere season. Here are my top 10 episodes from season 2 below:
1 Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?
2 Eye of the Beholder
3 The Trouble with Templeton
4 Nick of Time
5 The Invaders
6 The Obselete Man
7 Shadow Play
8 Back There
9 The Rip Van Winkle Caper
10 The Howling Man
The video quality of the DVD's is good, considering the source material was black and white TV from the sixties. If you are a fan of classic TV series, then this is an essential addition to your collection.