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The Twilight Zone Season 2 Episode 8
In my spoiler-free overview of Season 2 of the brand new Twilight Zone, I touched upon how the brand new iteration of the present struggles with delivering classes. The authentic Twilight Zone tales had been regularly morality performs, with deep themes that commented on present or evergreen societal points, typically in surprising ways in which packed a punch. The 2020 model of the sequence nonetheless makes an attempt to warn viewers towards the evils of being shallow or being cautious what you would like for, but it surely by no means fairly says something deeper about our present state of affairs. Don’t we have now sufficient surface-level parables?
“A Small Town” suffers from this similar problem. A cautionary story about absolute energy ultimately corrupting completely, the hazards of holding private grudges, and the facility of group, it by no means says something particular or deep sufficient to really feel like greater than a pleasing, if forgettable small city fantasy story. On the root of “A Small Town” is a do-nothing mayor ignoring his crumbling city, then taking credit score for its turnaround after the previous mayor’s widower discovers a magical scale mannequin reproduction that enables him to repair the city’s many points. Clearly, most individuals want to escape from real-world politics, however this episode feels it may have gone deeper into the political parts of the story and its real-world parallels. The episode may have taken a sharper take a look at the sycophantic followers heaping reward on an under-deserving political determine.
That stated, “A Small Town” does get lots proper. Longer runtimes have hampered some episodes on this new season, but this episode is a brisk 35 minutes, establishing backstory, setting, characters, and premise deftly, then losing no time getting on with the motion. That stated, perhaps an extended runtime would have allowed the episode to go a bit of additional with its themes.