Twilight Zone - 19.2.03

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  1. Adam Lenhardt

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    It says something when the best episode of the new series so far is a direct remake of one of the originals...

    The sequel to "It's A Good Day" was being hyped as the huge turnaround point for the new series. While it was interesting to see the effects years later on one of the alternate universes that Sterling and Co. created, I was hoping they would do something more with it. Turn it around perhaps, having the father get a taste of his own medicine. Have the daughter's cruel and selfish behavior reveal to Bill Mumy's character his own character faults. As it was, interesting and disturbing but little else.

    The remake of "Monsters on Maple Street" was just as good as the original, a direct retelling that shows how timeless the points the original series made really were. The acting and direction... spot on. I liked it a lot, and it had me hooked. Too bad all the ideas are several decades too old.
     
  2. Rex Bachmann

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    I found it freaky how much Bill Mumy's daughter looks like him. [​IMG]
     
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    As I started to say on the "Crash Landing" Star Trek thread, I was surprised by the commercials for this episode. I didn't know about the hype. So it was a surprise for me to see it right after "Future Tense".

    I do not watch this new Twilight Zone, I saw a few shows, but I did not get into it at all. Nothing really new about it.

    The original "It's a Good Life" is one of my favorites. I looked forward to seeing this after the exciting Enterprise. While I agree with the above comments that the show didn't advance Anthony at all, it was such a surprise for me to see it that I was into it.

    I did feel a chill down my back when Anthony's daughter turned and took out the people in the town. The ending was fun for me in that now father and daughter will now wreak havoc on the world.

    As a piece of stunt TV, it was great to see Billy Mumy and Cloris Leachman together again and to have Mumy's daughter in it too. Maybe it is a nice piece of TV history.

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    I really hope they don't remake the "Eye of the Beholder" episode. I would be seriously pissed off if they did. Especially since I KNOW that the direction on the remake won't do the original justice. The direction, lighting and editing was so integral to this episode. Please don't touch this classic.

    Why don't they just get Ted Turner to colorize all the old black-and-white episodes and call it "new and improved"?[​IMG]
     
  6. Rex Bachmann

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    I doubt it - considering the ratings The Twilight Zone usually gets, I doubt they'll have time to put more remakes and sequels into production before it's canceled at the end of the season.

    FWIW, I enjoyed the hour, although I've never seen the originals (I don't know if I've seen any of the original Twilight Zone, for that matter - I really should start plunking down for DVDs). "It's Still A Good Life" was clearly a labor of love for Bill Mumy & Ira Behr, and I almost wish it had gotten a full hour, give it room to breathe (there's an interview with Mumy on AICN where he mentions a continuation to "It's A Good Life" had once been considered as a feature); "The Monsters On Maple Street" (I think they changed the title) was a little overdone, but worked for me.

    One thing I wonder about re this incarnation of The Twilight Zone is how well the "urban" episodes do relative to the rest. I've noticed a fair amount of R&B stars doing guest shots, and it seems like a fairly sensible thing to do - UPN often seems to be the only broadcast network that really tries to cater to the black audience, and I seem to recall reading somewhere that horror movies do unusually well in predominately-black neighborhoods. I'm probably looking to closely at demographics here, but I've got to believe the network execs are too.
     
  8. Nelson Au

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    The sequel to It's a Good Life was funny in how they all acted the same way the people did in the original. The use of the key lines, " It's a good thing, it's really good Anthony" was a hoot. You must see it.

    The remake of Monsters on Maple Street was not bad in that the original was pretty much the same. Almost like the remake of Psycho a fews back. The only difference was computers and cell phones and terrorists in place of aliens.I think the original had the same level of paranoia, but it was better directed and the use of the camera was better staged. Black and white photography greatly added to the mood of the piece.
     
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    Huh. I see they say "directed from Rod Serling's script". Not that I think New Line/Trilogy's writers could improve on Serling, mind you (not even Behr).

    That said, I kind of hope they do somehow manage to get renewed. Even if only one out of three or four really work, I like the idea of there being a place on TV for the short story (I haven't seen an ad for Exposure on Sci-Fi for a while).

    One thing I'd like to see them do is bring in more folks like Eriq LaSalle. The episode he wrote, directed, and starred in likely won't be remembered alongside the original series, but there was something remarkably refreshing about it. It was enjoyable to watch in a way many other episodes aren't. Maybe it was because LaSalle had that one story he wanted to tell, and didn't have to worry about writing at least six others and trying to work as a producer, too. It strikes me that the staff approach to writing TV just might not work for a show like The Twilight Zone.
     
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *inhale* OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    My worst fears have been realized.
     
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    Agreed Rex. I think it was a word for word remake too, except for some minor adjustments. It was as bad as the remake of Psycho. It looked like an attempt to do the same thing, same words, camera work.....except the actors were not as good as the originals.

    Nelson
     
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    You took the words right outta my keyboard, Rex. I tuned in to see if this could equal the Psycho "remake" in terms of sheer uselessness. It did.

    The original was substantive, haunting, and now resonates in the popular culture. Last night's ordeal was just pathetic, and possessed none of the nuances of the original.

    At least the Showtime take on The Outer Limits attempted to try something a little different with its remake of "Feasibility Study" from the original series. It was an ambitious and honest failure. This thing from last night was an insult.
     

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