Nightmare at 30,000 Feet

If you haven’t noticed, I am obsessed with the Twilight Zone. My mother had me watching it by the time I was 13 and I fell in love with it immediately. I was gifted a season of the original Twilight Zone each Christmas from my uncle until I was watching episodes after episodes every single day. I was pretty pumped to see that Jordan Peele was relaunching the series and couldn’t wait to watch. Now that I have the first two episodes under my belt, I want to share my feelings about them.

I’m going to mainly focus on the reboot of “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet”. This is probably one of the most popular and most iconic original Twilight Zone episodes out there. Here’s the scoop about the original episode starring William Shatner.

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He’s not a fan of traveling on planes and had previously had a mental breakdown. Once he gets on the plane, he spots an alien on the wing, tearing apart the airplane. He tries to warn others, but no one actually sees the alien. The new episode has a modern twist to it: A guy who also has had a previous mental breakdown is also about to travel on a plane. Once he gets to his seat, he finds an mp3 player that has a preloaded podcast that is playing the future of the plane ride. He’s trying to change it as the plane ride continues but seems to be making things worse.

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The thing about this episode is that I was waiting for the twist. The original Twilight Zone episodes had you at the edge of your seat until the very end, where a big twist came and everything was not like you expected it to be. This wasn’t the case for this episode. Everything played out exactly how you saw it. No twist, no surprise. Just a crappy ending in my opinion.

“The Good” about the first two episodes:

  • They’ve got some great actors and actresses. I mean, stellar! I was highly impressed with the cast!
  • Jordan Peele has mastered the suspense. It’s almost better than the original episodes. I was at the edge of my seat, biting my nails the entire time

“The Bad” about the first two episodes:

  • The language…Twilight Zone was safe for all family members to watch. Not this…totally not happy about that.
  • The camera angle – at first, I was cool with it…but then it seemed like they were trying too hard to be hip. I really didn’t care to be too close to everyone’s face.

I’m not trying to be ugly…it’s just The Twilight Zone is my thing! Take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I’m no critic, but I do love my Twilight Zone (the original of course). I will watch a few more episodes to see what I think, but so far…this seems like a different show in my opinion. It’s way more similar to Black Mirror. What do you think of the new episodes? Leave a comment and let me know!

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