A few quick words on the premiere of “The Twilight Zone” (2019)

If the premiere is any indication, then Jordan Peele’s relaunch of “The Twilight Zone” (2019) looks to be quite decent.  It’s got Peele’s fingerprints all over it (he even serves as the narrator here), and that’s a very good thing.  I’d rate it an 8 out of 10.

This first episode, written by Alex Rubens and directed by Owen Harris, channels the same muse as Peele did with his outstanding “Get Out” (2017) — it’s got clever characters, snappy dialogue and gravely dark humor.  I suppose it’s impossible to gauge the quality of an anthology show by its initial episode, but I’m on board.

And one of the upcoming episodes is penned by Glen Morgan, of “The X-Files” fame.  I’d say that’s an auspicious sign too.

 

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In the Game of Nolans, predictions are lies.

I’ll say it again.  Sansa’s outfit on “Game of Thrones” is absolutely reminiscent of the Night King’s armor.

Is this a thematic clue?

I keep hearing from fans of the books that there was a “Night Queen” or “Lady of the Night” who figured prominently in the source material.  A few people thought Catelyn Stark would become this figure following the events of the Red Wedding.

I am usually wrong about these kinds of things.  Seriously, all of my predictions about what will happen on popular TV shows inevitably turn to to be false.  But still.

 

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“The devil pales beside the man who owns a truth …”

Scaffolds, dungeons, jails flourish only in the shadow of a faith — of that need to believe which has infested the mind forever. The devil pales beside the man who owns a truth, his truth. We are unfair to a Nero, a Tiberius: it was not they who invented the concept heretic: they were only degenerate dreamers who happened to be entertained by massacres.

The real criminals are men who establish an orthodoxy on the religious or political level, men who distinguish between the faithful and the schismatic.

—  Emil Cioran

 

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