The Twilight Zone returns to CBS All Access on Thursday for its second season, improving on an already solid first season. The writing and direction of the new season are more in sync with what Rod Serling imagined so many years ago. The casting this season captures the essence of what made Serling’s iconic series work and remain popular for so many years. Season one had more known members of the cast, which was a double-edged sword. While it certainly grabbed everyone’s attention, they weren’t necessarily always the right fit. In the second season, The Twilight Zone goes back to seeking character actors. Part of what makes the series so special is how each cast member amounts to a puzzle piece in this twisted picture of the world in which Jordan Peele now helms.
Peele will return as the host, joining a stellar guest cast, including Morena Baccarin, Kylie Bunbury, Jenna Elfman, Ethan Embry, Sky Ferreira, Tavi Gevinson, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Gillian Jacobs, David Krumholtz, Thomas Lennon, Sophia Macy, Natalie Martinez, Joel McHale, Chris Meloni, Gretchen Mol, Paula Newsome, Billy Porter, Jimmi Simpson, Jurnee Smollett, Daniel Sunjata, Damon Wayans Jr. and more. My favorite episode was the 2nd one entitled ‘The Who Of You.’ The premise centers around a struggling actor (Ethan Embry) who is trying to catch his first break and makes an impulsive decision that takes a few turns that few saw coming. Billy Porter is great in that episode as well and easily the strongest guest star this season. It also seems that this season tackles a diverse number of topics, which was a pleasant surprise as well. All ten episodes are certainly binge-worthy, and all of them capture the essence of the original series in a way that the first season didn’t.