Tuesday, August 4, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 9 “Try, Try” (B+)

Time loops are common in movies and television, and in fact a movie about the subject, “Palm Springs,” premiered on Hulu just two weeks after this episode first debuted. There are many things I liked about this episode, and the first was that it wasn’t inherently clear from the start that this was about a time loop. Instead, Topher Grace, an actor who started his career on “That 70s Show” and has transitioned to more serious projects like “BlacKkKlansman” recently, played someone who had a clear connection with a woman portrayed by Kylie Bunbury from “Pitch” and “Brave New World.” We knew she was an intellectual and a scientist, and how he knew so much about her and had so much in common was a mystery. Predicting what was going to happen next was a neat trick at first, but obviously that wasn’t enough for Marc, whose extensive time loop experience had convinced him that he and Claudia were soulmates. Her response – that she couldn’t match his feelings since this day was new for her – was absolutely correct, and it produced a terrifying response from Marc, who was also correct that he could do whatever he wanted because the day was just going to start again from him. The resolution was far from reassuring, since he’ll remember exactly what happened and likely hold it against Claudia even though she won’t have done it yet on that new day. I imagine I’ll be thinking about the implications of what was presented in this episode for a while, and it’s nice to know that even something as frequently done as a time loop can offer new food for thought.

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