A new dimension of sight, sound, and mind has finally been revealed as Jordan Peele‘s The Twilight Zone debuted today on CBS All Access, but if you’re not a subscriber to the streaming-service, you can still officially check out the first episode for free (dependent on your location) as CBS has uploaded it to YouTube. Titled “The Comedian,” the first episode stars Kumail Nanjiani as Samir Wassan, a struggling stand-up comic desperate to achieve fame and success. As this is The Twilight Zone, he may just get what he desires, but at what price?
Executive produced and hosted by Jordan Peele, the reboot will bring “the original show’s legacy of socially conscious storytelling to modern day audiences, exploring the human condition and holding a lens up to the culture of our times.” There’s also quite the all-star cast spread out over the first ten-episodes, including Adam Scott, Tracy Morgan, Seth Rogen, Greg Kinnear, Steven Yeun, John Cho, Jacob Tremblay, Sanaa Lathan, Taissa Farmiga, Allison Tolman, Zazie Beetz, Chris O’Dowd, and many more. Our own Alex Maidy has caught the first four episodes of The Twilight Zone and was quite pleased with what he’s seen.
This take on The Twilight Zone is nothing short of masterful and Rod Serling would be proud. Everything about this show is excellent and will make you question your reality in a way that only a rare piece of entertainment can. This is the series that is going to go down as one of the best of all time right alongside it’s namesake.
Be sure to check out the rest of Alex Maidy’s review of The Twilight Zone as well. Even if this first episode wasn’t your cup of tea, the great thing about the anthology format is that the next story could very well wind up being a new favourite. The first two episodes of The Twilight Zone are now streaming on CBS All Access with more set to air weekly beginning on April 11th.