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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Joe Beaumont from "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet": Real person or just a creation of Justin's fractured psyche? The episode ostensibly presents it as the former, but there's some evidence to support the latter.
    • Oliver Foley's decision to fire all doctors over the age of 18 at the end of the episode? Just some random stupid idea that he thought up of, or a way to finally do away with Raff?
  • Anvilicious: According to this Gizmodo article, it's been suggested that the morals and aesops are a bit too obvious.
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  • Awesome Moments: The Host Announcement trailer featuring the classic Twilight Zone theme alongside a HD remake of elements from the original intro, combined with a mix of both Rod Serling and Jordan Peele's narration of the opening monologue. What's not to love?
  • Awesome Music:
    • During the Super Bowl promo for the series, a soft and enticing ambient song plays in the background...and then morphs into a chillingly-warped variation of the iconic Twilight Zone theme. A second listen will reveal that the entire score is based on the Twilight Zone theme, starting out soft, them becoming practically reverent... but while it has become familiar, the Twilight Zone can never stay familiar...
    • The track that plays during Samir's Heroic Suicide in "The Comedian"
    • "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra from "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet".
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  • Ending Fatigue: While the episodes of the original series were around 20 minutes long, the episodes of the 2019 series are 45-50 minutes long and many episodes feel overly long and padded to reach that length.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Raff Hanks from "The Wunderkind". He may be an opportunist and a manipulator but he's also the only one to end up realizing that Oliver is far from unfit to be President when no one else wants to listen and what does he get? He gets shot, has his name destroyed by the media after being falsely accused of trying to assassinate Oliver and most likely dies after he's stabbed repeatedly in the chest by a kid doctor while screaming in pure agony.
  • Magnificent Bastard: A. Traveler, from "A Traveler" is a mysterious, charming man who shows up in a small Alaskan town as a charismatic 'extreme traveler.' Manipulating the townspeople into conflict to deflect suspicion from himself, he plants misinformation about himself and his goals while laying the groundwork for an alien colonization of Earth. After having Sheriff Pendleton sent out to check the power grid, he manipulates Sergeant Yuka with a promise of Pendleton's job to send her after him, ending the episode victorious and sharing a slice of pumpkin pie with a cellmate as his forces come to take over Earth.
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  • Narm: The revelation that Joe Beaumont was the pilot that crashed the plane in "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" is accompanied not only by "Fly Me to the Moon", but Justin's subdued comment "Oh shit. He's the pilot."
  • Tainted by the Preview: A good number of prospective viewers voiced their apprehension towards the series after the Feb. 21 trailer dropped, thanks to the editing of said trailer implying that the series would be serialized and follow a distinct continuity rather than follow the anthology format of previous iterations. That said, a fair number of other prospective viewers were willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt and assume the perceived implication was just the result of faulty editing. Jossed as the anthology aspect is retained but there appears to be small details to connect the episodes.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Like every revival of The Twilight Zone (this is the third), this show, at least with its first season done, still lives in the shadow of Rod Serling's original series. Whether it's even possible for any show to live up to the original is arguable, but even then, many people will still say Black Mirror is a better Spiritual Successor to The Twilight Zone than this series is a revival, at least as of Season 1.
  • Uncanny Valley: The partially-CGI Rod Serling from "Blurryman" can have this effect, though considering the nature of the series it might have been intentional.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The survivors of Flight 1015 in "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" can be seen as this considering they all survived the crash sans Joe. Considering Justin had been already trying to prevent the plane crash, they should have instead been grateful they survived. Instead they kill him and considering what the podcast implies, they flat out lie and just say Justin didn't survive. Granted, Justin ended up becoming the reason why the plane crashed, so they didn't really need to be grateful to someone who's left them stranded, but their method of killing him at least still seems pretty brutal.
  • Win the Crowd: For those who were nervous about a Twilight Zone reboot, the fact that Jordan Peele is working on the series has gotten people excited, namely due to his success in the horror industry with Get Out and Us.
  • The Woobie:
    • Samir Wassan from "The Comedian". All he really wanted was to make people laugh but thanks to a close encounter with a fellow forgotten comedian leads to him making many people disappear in a huge desperate desire to be famous. He really hits it as seen in Tear Jerker and his own reward is being erased from history.
    • Justin Sanderson in "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet", trying to prevent a plane crash only to unintentionally cause it and gets killed by the survivors of the plane as a result.
    • Poor Nina from "Replay" is forced to see her son (himself an example of this trope) be brutalized or even killed by a racist cop. And even after going through the lengths to save him the ending implies it was all for nothing.
    • Eve, Anna and all the other immigrants from "Point of Origin".
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