On the heels of the Superbowl teaser trailer, a new Twilight Zone trailer has appeared online, posted by CBS All Access.
The trailer shows moments from what appears to be several different episodes: a couple dancing, someone pressing rewind on a tape recorder or camcorder, a man sweating on a plane, a woman getting hassled by the police, a strangely familiar gremlin doll washing up on the shore, and more. Overall of these clips, a voice intones: “Everything that happens in this universe has to be the way it is. Things happen the way they should.” This speech is punctuated by sound effects and tones that match both the opening tune and sound effects from the original series.
Following that, there are more episode clips, giving us sound bites and some basic ideas of episodes, as well as an idea of some of the star-studded cast: Tracy Morgan and Adam Scott are instantly recognizable in the ensemble. At the end of both montages, we see a policeman talking to a woman in a diner, telling her, “Life sometimes goes like you don’t expect it to.”
In true Twilight Zone fashion, the camera cuts to host Jordan Peele, who looks up to meet the viewers’ eyes. The final spoken words in the trailer appear to come from Adam Scott: “This is weird.” Indeed. You may watch the trailer below:
The most tantalizing aspects of the trailer are the ones that appear to throw back to classic episodes: one of the most famous episodes of the original series is probably “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” which features a man (William Shatner) recently recovered from a mental breakdown panicking on a plane because there’s something on the wing. That doll that washes up on the shore in this trailer is of that something. However, it seems that Peele will reimagine the classic episode in some way and put his own spin on things.
Another very clear callback is that unusual winking bobbleheaded devil: Another Shatner episode, “Nick of Time,” features a very similar bobblehead that will read seemingly accurate fortunes for just a few cents. Considering there are voiceovers of characters saying predictions are coming true, it seems likely that this new devil will hold a similar role.
More tertiary potential references that may predict remakes or reimaginings include a close-up of a stopwatch (“A Kind of Stopwatch”), and several shots of a camcorder getting fiddled with (potentially a take on “A Most Unusual Camera”). There’s also a shot of a kid riding a tricycle through a hallway which doesn’t call back to an episode of The Twilight Zone, but sure does make us think of The Shining.
Did you catch any other possible nods to the old series? Let us know in the comments below! The new Twilight Zone series will premier April 1 exclusively for CBS All Access, CBS’s streaming service, so we have plenty of time to speculate.