Said device is backwater racism. The only real redeeming facet to this story is that the actor portraying the racist didn't come across as a stereotypical hick. But the message was clear, especially when all the other white cops show up: white people don't want black people to go to college. This could have been a great episode, uniting black and white people as simply people who care for each other and help each other against race-agnostic evil. I'm not going to get preachy here, but I'm a white guy and the more black and white and, well, just people that go to college to learn a craft and have a career, the better off we all are. More college graduates means a better economy, a stronger country and fewer lower income slums. I want everyone to be the best possible version of themselves. And I'm not alone.
So if the writers of this show wanted to be avant-garde and stick with the outside-the-box patina of the original series, maybe they could show the seldom-Hollywood-backed point of view of unity over race division. Instead of saying things like "we all need to come together" with the implication that it's one race uniting, they could espouse the view that all races should bind against evil and, therefore, become humans and advance as a society, civilization and people. Instead of focusing on differences to keep us apart, focus on commonalities that unite us. Help us garner an attitude of helping one another and caring for our fellow man.
Instead, they chose a political, divisive path that has become stale and volatile over the years. We need less towing the party line, more leading the way to a brighter future.
OK, that said, the acting was excellent by all - especially Sanaa Lathan (she is a true lady of the screen with chops like few others). Even through the jejune writing, the actors really pulled out some terrific performances. It's the only redeemable aspect to this episode.
Jordan Peele seemed less robotic, or maybe he's growing on me. Either way, his narration didn't pull me out of the story as much as the previous two episodes.
That was for real:)
There's always been a little bit of agit-prop in tv, it's the way it is, but this goes over the line.
This was nothing but Jordan Peele wanting to share his opinion on police brutality, which is obviously a big problem, but this was not The Twilight Zone. This was just a bad afterschool special.
The episode is basically the same type as episode 1, with the protagonist granted a special power. These types of stories tend to follow a simple formula: The protagonist gains the power, comes to grips with it, embraces it, loses control of it and eventually ends up worse off than they started. It's a pretty standard formula, but that's because it works. This episode decides to go its own route and ends up much worse off because of it.
The problem is that the story is not based around the power, but rather the power is more slotted into the story, with some changes to make it work, resulting in a story that could easily fit into a completely normal show, if the power removed and a few tweaks made. To understand this, imagine taking a story about a character completing a challenge and then rewriting it with that character having a superpower to help them complete that task. Yes, the character can now complete the task easier or in a different way, but at the end of the day the power is largely inconsequential; the task is completed in either situation.
But the most disappointing aspect of the episode is the ending. Unlike most other episodes, things do not end poorly for the protagonist, and there is no mind-bending twist. Instead, we are treated to a happy ending. The ending isn't unreasonable for the story; it's more the story is unreasonable for the show.
This episode might have been decent on a more normal show, but Twilight Zone is not a normal show and this episode just doesn't have what even a decent Twilight Zone episode has. If it weren't for the largely under-utilised gimmick, I wouldn't have even realised I was watching The Twilight Zone.
I thought it was well filmed, kept me on the edge and in the end it was a surprise and a nice one.
Come on Jordan, you can do better than this. Use some subtlety.
This episode, however, truly is the nadir (so far). Peele, as a director and writer, has become addicted to the lazy tropes of one-dimensional characters based on race: white people and police (which are the same in Peele's worldview) are insidiously evil and always seeking to harm innocent black victims. White people will constantly seek black people out wherever, whenever to harass and physically threaten them. Heck, black people can't even get into college without the aid of a literal Underground Railroad. In case the point was too muted, there's that Black Lives Matter poster that prominently made it into three shots. Peele lacks anything masterful or clever in his storytelling which possesses all the subtlety of a sledgehammer over the head. It's a wonder anyone praises this man as an actor, director, or writer.
He said in one interview - straight up said it: "I can't imagine putting a white dude in a leading role in my movie." That's racist! Imagine if a white director said that for a black guy!
And yeah, that photo of the team that took first black hole shot - all white people. It wasn't in the media, because it's not "diverse enough". Why are we doing this, still? So yeah, all scientists are white and sports guys are black. Let it be what it is, FFS. Y'all see problems where there's none.
Then there's the first time he got pulled over, why would you act like the cop owe him something when he was clearly was in the wrong( speeding, holding a hand held device while driving). All after that was just to say Virginia is a 1 party consent state and that would be that. Go to court if they have to. Make the cop pay with his job.
Second time the cop came he pulled over to the side of the road himself. The cop was more than justified to ask him to move his car. Why in the world would you approach the cop in that threatening manner. On top of that why would you need to pull over in the first place? It is blatantly clear rewind doesn't affect her that much immediately after the incident.
Third time was even weirder. Before the third time she was toying with the time rewind thing. So obviously it doesn't take a toll on her. which then begs the question why the motel in the first place. But for the sake of argument, lets say she was tire and needed a night rest. When the police come to the door asking for ID. Why not just say "on what grounds?" if the officer replies with noise complaint, then show him your ID's what is there to hide? The son is especially stupid why you attack the cop? You let the cop knock down the camcorder and make him buy you 10 iphone xs maxes.
After all that i thought that mother would have learned but instead she go poking the bear for the 4th rewind. I don't get it. I mean if I was the cop and approached that way I would be suspicious of the person too. Who do you know that approaches a cop and buys him pie for no reason? When the cop ask for pink slip why not just say that's no a requirement for driving a car? Why would you go crazy after you made such a suspicious move of buy a random cop pie? Also did I mention the son is an idiot? You pull anything out of your pockets that that speed the cop will have more than enough of an excuse to shoot. In this case the mother practically killed the son through her actions. Lastly for the encounter or rewind. Why would you wait until you at the corner office to rewind? How does that make sense? You could have done it right after the shooting.
The inconsistencies continue with the 5th rewind. This makes even less sense. They talk about the situation like it is a time loop or something. Time loops has to be force upon you. The previous attempts are clearly them just being stupid. Then there was the 5th time they met the cop,would it really be unusual for a cop to stop and frisk someone who came out of the tunnels trying to get into a school? I mean I would be more worried if the cop didn't stop them. They she goes on a rant about how the cop is harassing, killing and abusing authority. Is she retarded or just too many rewinds. Did she forget all those times never happened at least in the mind of everyone else?
Whoever wrote this script has the mental capacity of a child. I know the writer is trying to convey a message, either to condemn racist cops or to condemn dumb unreasonable people. Either way the script must make sense!!! You don't just stitch something like this together and expect a pat just cause it has an agenda. If you read all the way to the end. I am sorry, I love the twilight zone, I get angry and need to vent when someone diminish something I love with stuff like this.
I first thought 'ok, so what we have here is a psycho state trooper with a machine like focus on the mum and son, like yer lad in 'Terminator 2', so maybe the mum and son battle him with the help of the other diners?'
I also thought, 'ooh cool, she knows the lottery numbers! nip down to the shop and buy a ticket, win, sweet! Her son can now afford Harvard, Yale, maybe just go straight into a self funded film making project'. Or perhaps it'll go down the 'Billionaire Boy' road of greed, going mad with power, etc'
Then, after the pie scene, I thought 'ok, his wife must be dead, perhaps in a hit and run involving a middle aged lady in a fancy car, therefore he's on a rampage'.
Sadly, it was a not very subtle 'hillbilly backwater white people don't want POC in their town anymore' storyline. It's been done so many times before, harking back to the much more subtle 'Night of the Living Dead'.
Racism is horrific, gun happy cops disproportionately target POC - we know this. 'Replay' just seemed unbelievably preachy and kind of OTT. Three of the first five episodes of this reboot cover racism, clumsily - I'm waiting for episodes that cover hate crimes against the disabled or LGBT+ community.