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i watched the first episode and liked it. i will watch the second one either tonight or tomorrow night.

I agree. First episode (though a bit long) made me want to see the second. It has the 'feel' of the original I think.

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I'm in the "Mehh" camp. Nothing compelling, interesting or new. At this point nothing to draw me back. If they want to keep me open with a strong story, not this wandering mishmash, needed some serious editing. Second episode, marginally better. One more chance then I'm out.
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I thought the first one was pretty good but the 2nd one was great.
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I watched the first one on You Tube, and if this is the direction of the series, there is no way I'd pay for CBS All Access to watch it. Far too long. Did they think throwing in a bunch of lazy profanity would make it current and edgy? It is, after all, an anthology series, which are always hit and miss, but I am in no particular hurry to see more of the same. Maybe subsequent episodes will be better than "The Comedian" snore fest.
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When I saw this was structured as an hour long episode format, I figured there might be problems. One of the great things about the original TZ was its half-hour format. Think of a High Concept, and hit it hard. Don't give your audience a chance to become bored. Very few of the original eps, including most of the Rod Sterling penned episodes, ever even came close to boring me. Many of them were in fact so exceptionally creepy and memorable they've stuck with me through all of these years. I'd be shocked if any of the new ones were that compelling.

As the great Mies once said: "Less is more".
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I liked the first two episodes. I think the best thing I liked was recognizing the voice of the podcaster that does hardcore history podcast.
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I was going to use up my CBS-AA free trial to watch both season of ST: Discovery but now with Twilight Zone I might need more then 1 week to watch them all...I'll probably end up paying for 1 month and cancelling...
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When I saw this was structured as an hour long episode format, I figured there might be problems. One of the great things about the original TZ was its half-hour format. Think of a High Concept, and hit it hard. Don't give your audience a chance to become bored. Very few of the original eps, including most of the Rod Sterling penned episodes, ever even came close to boring me. Many of them were in fact so exceptionally creepy and memorable they've stuck with me through all of these years. I'd be shocked if any of the new ones were that compelling.

As the great Mies once said: "Less is more".
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There have been two failed TV reboots of Twilight Zone already, and Black Mirror has taken sci-fi anthology to another level. It's really hard to imagine this reboot bringing anything new to the table that would drive subs to CBS All Access. I guess CBS is just hoping to prevent those who sub only for Star Trek from cancelling so quickly.
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As the great Mies once said: "Less is more".
You didn't notice that the 2nd episode was a lot shorter... in the 36 min range?

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You didn't notice that the 2nd episode was a lot shorter... in the 36 min range?
Haven't seen any of them yet. But all the descriptions and critical reviews of the show I've seen thus far, including comments on this threat including the one I quoted, label it an "hour long show". I do understand streaming services episode time frames can have more variance than broadcast or cablenet shows due to lack of commercial insertions and act length requirements. But thanks for the information; really 'preciate it. I'll make sure to notice the 2nd episode length. When I get around to watching it.
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There have been two failed TV reboots of Twilight Zone already, .
The 80's version managed to get three seasons (two on CBS and one in first run syndication); while the UPN version (circa 2002) ran only one, but with basically two seasons worth of content since it was made up for the most part of two stories per hour.
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But all the descriptions and critical reviews of the show I've seen thus far, including comments on this threat including the one I quoted, label it an "hour long show".
I didn't realize that this thread was a threat.

The 2nd episode, without the promo for next week, is 36:03.

There are commercial breaks in All Access programming, because there is a plan with limited commercial interruption. So, if you were to take out the short blacks, the program would be under 36 min.

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I didn't realize that this thread was a threat.
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The 2nd episode, without the promo for next week, is 36:03.

There are commercial breaks in All Access programming, because there is a plan with limited commercial interruption. So, if you were to take out the short blacks, the program would be under 36 min.
A normal broadcast/cablenet hour-long show is around 42-44 minutes of content, padded out w/commercials to fill a whole hour. Back in the original TZ days, I'm guessing each "half hour" ep was around 25 minutes, 22 now (I'm sure you'll look that up and correct me if I'm wrong). Most of these eps are longer than 36 minutes, I'm guessing, not having examined the run-times in detail as you have, but again noticing that the show is described as "an hour long". So, no matter how you parse it, this version is... longer! And not necessarily improved by the extra length, as has been discussed.

As I said above, and back to the original point, "Less is more". (I've proofread this post a little closer this time, so hopefully there are no threatening typos.)
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I liked them but I think I was expecting more. The trailers made it look better than what I saw. However, it was good, just afterwards I kept thinking if it would improve, etc. I will continue to watch it, always had a soft spot for The Twilight Zone.

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As the great Mies once said: "Less is more".
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Yeah, I'm familiar with his work; dig it. And I agree with the sentiment. I designed my house so there's always a breeze flowing through during the spring, summer, & fall pulled by convection up through the crow's nest. Don't need a lot of AC. Right now, however, the windows are all shut and we're locked up tight, even though we're entering the brief, glorious 70 degree period in this part of the country.

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This doesn't come close to the original, but I like Jordan Peele as the narrator and the first 2 episodes have been somewhat enjoyable. Does anyone know how many episodes are remakes/refreshed versions vs. new stories?
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Shocking, considering how bad it is.
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Shocking, considering how bad it is.
Nobody is forcing you to watch it. I'm watching an will continue to watch.

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This reboot has been a bit disappointing so far. With the exception of "A Traveler," commentary lacks any kind of subtlety and treats the viewer as if they couldn't understand it otherwise. The hints and references to the classic series was neat at first, but has already gotten excessive.

Some small adjustments to storytelling techniques could bring the quality of this reboot to near the level of the original.
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Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access

Through 8 episodes now. It is definitely not as good as I’d hoped. There have been a few cool episodes, a few poor episodes, and too many episodes with hit-you-over-the-head sociopolitical preaching. I am looking for cool sci-fi here, not a political sermon.

Overall I expected better really.
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Through 8 episodes now. It is definitely not as good as I’d hoped. There have been a few cool episodes, a few poor episodes, and too many episodes with hit-you-over-the-head sociopolitical preaching. I am looking for cool sci-fi here, not a political sermon.

Overall I expected better really.
The episode "Not All Men" was the absolute worst in that regard. This week's effort was much more effective, and it addressed something that actually benefitted somewhat from this series' bludgeoning commentary.

Still, the writers need to dial things down quite a bit to make for more interesting storytelling.
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This reboot has been a bit disappointing so far. With the exception of "A Traveler," commentary lacks any kind of subtlety and treats the viewer as if they couldn't understand it otherwise. The hints and references to the classic series was neat at first, but has already gotten excessive.

Some small adjustments to storytelling techniques could bring the quality of this reboot to near the level of the original.
I'm hearing that there have only been 2 really standout episodes- Replay (Episode 3) and A Traveler (Episode 4)...Nightmare at 30,000 feet (Episode 2) and Six Degrees of Freedom (Episode 6) I heard were OK as well...overall this sounds mostly disappointing...
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There are things I do like about this show, like the Easter eggs referencing original episodes. However, I'm disappointed overall in it's general blandness. It's pretty easy to see plot twists coming a mile away. I also think the episodes should only be 30 minutes because the stories drag too slowly.
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