Revisiting The Twilight Zone at WonderCon
By Pauline Perenack
It’s pretty likely you’ve seen at least one episode of the 1960s series of The Twilight Zone, and even more so that you have the twist of that episode burned into your brain.
Even if you haven’t seen an episode, there’s probably no way you’ve escaped hearing the theme song. As such, the show is a classic, and each time it’s been rebooted in the past, it hasn’t come close to living up to the original series. However, Executive Producer Jordan Peele is attempting to master the feat of bringing back the show, and attendees at WonderCon were among the first to hear about the process of creating new episodes.
Panel members included Executive Producers Win Rosenfeld and Glen Morgan, Supervising Producer Alex Rubens, and Composers Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts, and was moderated by Once Upon a Time star Ginnifer Goodwin. They talked about bringing back the show, how music was incorporated, and what viewers could expect. As such, here are a few things discussed:
- The EPs wanted to make sure they did the original series justice.
- Goodwin will appear in episode 8 of the series which is titled, “Point of Origin.”
- Goodwin said the script gave her “chills” and that filming the episode was the most fun she had in her entire life.
- Peele said that The Twilight Zone wasn’t broken, so there was no need to fix anything going into these episodes.
- Everyone involved felt that the more they could honor the original series, the better off they would be.
- Beltrami and Roberts said they stuck to the musical themes of the original series, and each episode has its own musical language.
- There are certain musical elements you’ll hear each time a character goes into the Twilight Zone.
- A lot of the music in the series is misdirection.
- Morgan (of The X-Files fame) wrote a lot of the narrations.
- There are a lot of easter eggs hidden in reference to the original series, such as the plane company is the same one that William Shatner rode.
- While there are a lot of big name actors in the series, they have all been placed in contexts that people aren’t used to seeing them in.
- David Copperfield owns the original Willie doll and let the producers use it for an episode.
The Twilight Zone premiered April 1 on CBS All Access, and has a series episode order of 10.