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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • How sympathetic you may find the main character of "The Pool Boy" after The Reveal depends entirely on how you interpret various ambiguities. He is placed into a virtual prison after being convicted of murdering the owner of a house he was working for, after some sort of encounter with the owner's wife. It is never made clear if the murder was his own idea or if the wife was in on it and framed him for it; he remembers the wife coming on to him pretty aggressively, but this may just be how he perceived it.
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    • All 3 main characters in "The Lineman" apply:
      • Was Tyler's breakdown towards the end solely from his rejection and greed, or did electrocuting himself with the microwave fry his mind and cause him to be unable to think rationally?
      • Was Shannon honest to Tyler about not dating employees, or was she never interested in him in the first place? She possibly felt so guilty about nearly getting Tyler killed, that she could not bring herself to tell him the truth and hurt him even more. The fact that she was so quick to start making out with Buddy suggests the latter.
      • Was Buddy honest with Tyler when he said that he meant nothing when he was kissing Shannon? Tyler didn't believe Buddy was telling the truth and since he still had the power to read minds, maybe he could tell that Buddy wasn't being honest.
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  • Awesome Music: The new version of the Twilight Zone theme song was mixed by Jonathan Davis of Korn.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "I had to change the baby" from "Cradle of Darkness".
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "The Executions Of Grady Finch" ends with the killer dying after being crushed underneath a statue. Great, except everybody is convinced he's innocent except the lawyer he confessed to, so now they'll go on a wild goose chase for the killer. And the victim's son who tried to shoot him for getting away with it never got any closure in hearing Grady finally confess and got arrested for attempted murder.
  • Fridge Horror: In "The Collection", Danielle turns her babysitters into dolls, because they always leave at the end of the night. Her father complains to the agency that this is the third time that this has happened. They think the sitters merely bail on her. So, what's going to happen when someone does connect the dots, when they realize that a dozen girls have disappeared completely since babysitting at this one house? How many more dolls will the girl make when her parents and the police come for her?
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Evergreen", Amber Tamblyn plays a rebellious teen whose family moves to a gated community to set her straight. In this community rebellious teens are sent to "Arcadia Military School" which turns out to actually be "Arcadia Fertilizer Company", which turns said teens into fertilizer. Tamblyn went on to play the title character in Joan of Arcadia.
  • Informed Wrongness: A recurring theme in the episodes were that characters were portrayed as in the wrong for not believing supernatural explanations over the more mundane ones. The biggest offenders would be "Chosen" note  and "Shades of Guilt" note 
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • In "Into the Light", Rachel Stark, slowly discovers that one of her students is about to commit a school shooting and when she sees him on the roof, he tries to talk her into letting him kill the students since she hates them. She is unswayed and she tackles him off the school before anyone can get shot, killing both the student and herself in the process. Even better is that right before she died, the light on her students' faces disappeared, so she died knowing she had saved them.
    • Charlie Stickney earns his happy ending in "Mr. Motivation" when he finally bolsters the confidence to stand up to his Bad Boss and gets him fired for trying to lie about the expiration date on a birth control pill.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • In "Evergreen", Jenna's entire family catapults over it when they knowingly let their daughter be turned into fertilizer because she tried to flee the community.
    • The skinheads in "Shades Of Guilt" go beyond it when they attack and kill or attempt to kill in the new reality an African-American college professor, which is why they didn't get a second chance to rethink their choices like the protagonist.
  • Narm:
    • "Azoth the Avenger Is a Friend of Mine" is ripe with Dull Surprise.
    • Ty enhancing his psychic powers by microwaving his own head in "The Lineman".
    • "Harsh Mistress" is about an abusive Yandere guitar that at one point jealously "watches" as its new owner has sex with Tangi Miller.
    • Jessica Simpson as Miranda Evans in "The Collection". She is... not convincing when things start getting weird.
      Miranda: You stupid bitches!
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Matt McGrady in "Shades Of Guilt". He's supposed to be depicted as a racist for leaving an African-American college professor to die at the hands of 3 white supremacists. However, when a person is banging on your window in a dark alley begging to get in your car, it's considered ill-advised to let them in, no matter what race they are. The episode really just makes it look more like a man who was fleeing from someone who he was understandably afraid was a carjacker and learned too late he was wrong. He also felt incredibly guilty about it after he realized his mistake. The ending doesn't help much, as when he was saved by himself, you can see the skinheads nearly get into his car. So while it was a noble act to save him, he almost dies in the process.
    • His wife to a lesser extent part way through. After Matt turns black and returns home, she kicks him off the property believing him to have been another man who stole her husband's car and identity. While one can definitely sympathize Matt for being wrongly kicked out of his home, her theory was a lot more plausible than what was actually happening.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic
    • Buddy towards the end of "The Lineman". After Tyler caught Buddy kissing his ex-girlfriend, he never apologizes for it and his claim that it was just a friendly act sounds more like a lie he was trying to cover up as he was angry at Tyler for thinking it meant anything. And while Tyler attacking Buddy was not okay, the fact he permanently ended his friendship with Tyler comes off as rather callous since they were lifelong friends so he would know by that point Tyler had clearly lost his sanity and needed major help. Especially considering the things that caused Tyler to start going crazy were directly related to something Buddy had done.
    • Noah in "Sunrise" claims that the killing of one of the five in sacrifice would be worse than letting the sun disappear forever. He then grabs the knife and begins to taunt the others, claiming that their willingness to perform the sacrifice is akin to cold-blooded murder. Later, when Amber has drawn the short stick and everyone else is hesitant to go through with the act, Noah hits her in the back of the head with a rock, causing her to bleed to death.
  • What an Idiot!
    • In "Sanctuary", Scott isn't really the sharpest knife in the drawer. He accepts Rikki's offer of making a call to his client, despite the fact that she's been blatantly pushing his buttons in an effort to get him to make said call. One would think her behavior would set off alarm bells, but it doesn't.
    • In "The Placebo Effect", Dr. Leslie Coburn telling her hypochondriac patient Harry Radditch who has the ability to create ailments by imagining them that his medication was made from a meteor that hit Earth. Three guesses to what ends up happening.


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