Sci Fi Watcher 285: Twilight Zone: The Comedian/Nightmare at 30,000 Feet

The guys finally get to sit down to look at the 2019 reboot of The Twilight Zone.  This week Bryan and Corey get to look at the two episode premiere “The Comedian” and “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet”.  They compare it to the original show and talks about what it has and might be missing.

Twilight Zone: The Comedian

Season: 1
Episode: 1
Overall Episode: 1

Air Date: April 1, 2019
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Amara Karan, Diarra Kilpatrick, Ryan Robbins, Tracy Morgan
Writer: Alex Rubens
Director: Owen Harris
Synopsis: Struggling comedian Samir Wassan meets veteran comic J.C. Wheeler, who advises him to focus on his personal life. Wassan makes jokes about his dog and gets laughs but discovers to his shock that not only did his dog vanish, but no one seems to remember that it ever existed. He learns that jokes about the people in his life get guaranteed laughs but cause them to disappear from existence. After accidentally erasing his nephew, he starts erasing people he thinks the world would be better off without. His girlfriend Rena breaks up with him after one of the people he erases causes her to go from being a successful lawyer to a struggling waitress. Wassan continues abusing his power, going so far as erasing rival DiDi Scott, until Rena confronts him during a set with a journal of names of people he has erased. Realizing he has become a selfish monster, Wassan erases himself from existence, creating a timeline where he never existed and everyone previously erased continues to exist. Didi, now a rising star, meets Wheeler following a set and asks for his advice.

Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 30,000 Feet

Season: 1
Episode: 2
Overall Episode: 2

Air Date: April 1, 2019
Cast: Adam Scott, Chris Diamantopoulos, Dan Carlin, Katie Findlay, Nicholas Lea
Writer: Marco Ramirez
Director: Greg Yaitanes
Synopsis: Justin Sanderson is a reporter struggling from PTSD. While on a flight to Tel Aviv, he discovers an MP3 player with a podcast called Enigmatique hosted by Rodman Edwards. Sanderson quickly becomes unnerved by the show when it begins to accurately explain things that are happening on the flight and declares that the plane will crash in an hour. He takes comfort in a fellow passenger and former pilot named Joe Beaumont who seems to be the only person who believes him. Justin tries using clues from the show to avert the disaster, but every attempt in doing so results in irritated crew and passengers. Justin and Joe quickly work together to get the latter into the cockpit. They are successful only for Justin to realize that Joe is the one who will crash the plane due to past failures in his life and does so. Justin awakens on an island and learns through the show that all of the flight survived, but no one was able to find Justin himself. The survivors appear and kill Justin for ironically causing the crash.

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