For someone who seems to be considered a “Twilight Zone” geek (apparently I’m also known as “The Twilight Zone dude”), I personally don’t like it very much. Most of the time I can see the plot twist 10 minutes before it happens.
All right, here’s a summary (note: SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE EPISODES, DO NOT READ THIS!)
1.1 “Evergreen” A girl’s family checks into a gated community that immediately gets rid of the girl’s tatoos/piercings. She meets a boy who warns her about Arcadia, which she guesses is a boarding school, but when she gets into trouble, she is sent to Arcadia… Fertilizer Company. I like the ending (earlier, you saw a tree being planted, which was kind of a clue), but that is NOT surreal!
1.2 I don’t know the episode name. Death checks into a hospital and tells a doctor that he’s not doing anymore killing. The doctor doesn’t believe it until he sees that a newspaper has no obituaries due to no deaths reported for the day. He eventually convinces Death to start collecting again, which means that he’s immediately killed. Oohh… good surreal plot, but that “twist” isn’t anything near the originals!
2.1 “Shades Of Doubt” A white man is told by a black to let him into his car. He drives off, and the black man is killed. Eventually, the white man begins to turn into the black man, and eventually he experiences the hate crime the man died of. Suddenly, the white man turns back and pickjs him up, because he wondered what would happen if it was him. I saw that ending 10 minutes before it happened! All right, I didn’t guess that he’d turn back, but still…
2.2 “Dream Lover” A graphic novelist draws a girl to inspire him. She comes to life, and inspires him until he finds her flirting with a cable guy. When he tries punching the cable guy, his hand goes right through him. However, as it turns out, the girl is real, but he is not, and she erases him from existence. Nice special effects for making the drawings come to life, but the plot isn’t near “TZ” style. (Since when did you see sex on the original “TZ?” Well, it wasn’t explicit, but it did show them rolling around…) And, that ending came to me quite soon after he tried punching the cable guy (who isn’t Jim Carrey, by the way).
3.1 Don’t know episode name yet. (Episode 3 hasn’t showed yet!) A woman time travels to kill Hitler as a baby. Um… I swear, that’s almost the same plot as an episode of my anthology series! They both involve killing Hitler. This means two things: 1. I have to get rid of that episode, and 2. The story seems to be cliched…
3.2 Again, I don’t know the name. A woman finds herself stalked by a phantom bus. Let me guess… she’s dead, and the bus is supposed to take her to the afterlife? If that’s the ending, I have the right to dance around and say, “I told you so!”
Bad? Pretty much, but I’ve heard that stars are lining up for future episodes. I’m not sure if it’s the scripts or the money, though… And the original introduced the stars, not showed them again (the second incarnation did–Bruce Willis was in the first episode before “Die Hard”). This sucks.