The Twilight Zone has been a mainstay for me for most of my life. Along with Star Trek, The original Twilight Zone series was a one that I would watch regularly with my dad. Every night in syndication we would watch another of Rod Serling’s classic tales and I would find myself swept into another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind.
Fast forward 60 years later and once again the journey into imagination has returned. This time however, writer Director Jordan Peele is at the helm and, after two successful films, he takes on the classic that started sixty years ago.
So, let’s explore the final episode of The Twilight Zone Season One with The Blurry Man.
Sophie is a writer on the new Jordan Peele Twilight Zone series and, when her work collides with her life she finds herself haunted by a strange being known as The Blurry Man who begins appearing in footage of past episodes.
Is it a ‘Good’ Episode?
As I write these reviews I try to be cognizant of those who have not watched them by giving little in the way of spoilers. Unfortunately I will not be able to review this one properly without giving away some pretty spoilerly things. So, if you haven’t seen this one yet, please stop and give it a go. I liked it but I don’t want to say any more until you had a chance to see it. If you don’t care, or have already seen it, then please, read on!
I have been a fan of this franchise since I was a young kid. In fact, every iteration so far has been an time of excitement for me as I always loved the continued tales that took place in Rod Serling’s creation. The version that cemented my fandom was the 1985 series that, even though it did not feature Serling himself, the intro had a wonderful homage to the creator of the series in it’s opening segment. In that segment we get a brief glimpse of Serling as a blurred remnant of the past quickly slipping away into ether. It is in this moment that I believe the writers of this new series realized that The Twilight Zone without Serling is not quite complete.
That being said, This is one of the most Meta episodes of the series since the classic episode entitled ‘A World of his Own’. Only this time, instead of Serling interacting with his characters in a humorous way, the entirety of the production is thrust into the realm known as The Twilight Zone. Getting a semi-behind the scenes view of the production of the series but one that is actually a part of the series itself, we soon find out how it must feel to realize you have fallen into Serling’s World.
That brings us to The Blurry Man and it’s story. In the story we follow Sophie who is a writer on Jordan Peele’s new series. She soon finds herself wondering how a ‘blurry man’ keeps appearing in some of the footage only to find herself being pursued by this very being. It is soon revealed that not only is Sophie a fan of the original run but has somehow fallen into the very realm that she is writing for. In an interesting turn of events, the Blurry Man is none other than a digital version of Serling himself who is there to take Sophie into the very place she belongs giving this season a very clear and concise closure that few seasons get.
One of the plot points is that this ‘Blurry Man’ appears in every episode even showing footage of past episodes to prove it’s points. If you go back to those moments, you will in fact see a person in those spots where the Blurry Man stood. Now, I am unsure if this was a well thought out intentional plan or they simply went back and found the blurriest man they could to fill the spot but it was very will played as a way to tie the entire season together.
This is a strong episode that has layers of meta from Seth Rogan playing himself acting in an episode about a magical typewriter that dictates reality (A World of his Own) to finding Sophie on the steps of a library that has a pair of broken glasses on them (Time Enough At Last). Zazzie Beetz does a wonderful job in her role as Sophie making me almost hope that we see her character again since she did leave the universe with the creator of the series.
While the episode doesn’t comment on the socio plitical views that the series is known for, it does make a comment on fandom and it’s effect on the properties being presented in today’s modern world. In a way, this episode serves as a statement from Peele himself acknowledging his responsibility to the franchise in keeping as close to Serlings vision as he can. He, through Sophie, has become one of the gatekeepers at the tollbooth that leads to The Twilight Zone.
Overall, this season has been a bit of a rollercoaster. With some very strong entries to some that seemed to be just filler. Jordan Peele has been a welcome host and seems to genuinely care for the franchise as a whole. While I know it will be a while before we get new episodes, I have to say that this new series as a whole has been worth the journey. particularly these final two entries.
Late To The Game 6/8/2019
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