Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Zoned Out: Nightmare at 30,000 Feet (2019)

Another Episode, this time paying homage to a Classic from the original Series (and Movie).  Will it pale in comparison?
A man- Adam Scott- is very nice and tolerant.  He gives up his seat in First Class to let a Family stay together.
At his new seat, he finds an MP3 Player with a Podcast on it.  It is about...the disappearance of this Flight!!!
He can't help but believe this and his Investigative Journalist instincts take over.  Can he solve the mystery and avert disaster?
Will his new friend help him sort things out or is talking to this guy the *worst* thing to do?
Will he solve a crisis or create one?  To find out, watch the Episode.

It's on CBS All Access and, to be fair, you did promise to watch the new Star Trek too.
A nice update.  To be fair, this is far from just another version of the Story.  There is no 'thing on the wing of the plane.'  In this case, the monster is hysteria.  That or this is the most elaborate Episode of Punk'd ever!  Does that reference still work in 2019?  In any event, this version of the tale stands on its own thanks to Adam Scott's performance.  Like Shatner and Lithgow before him, he is the center of this whole tale.  Unlike them, his performance is more sedate and layered.  I like that he starts out nice.  I like that this personal issues are only hinted at.  I like that his paranoia seems justified.  I like that his actions slowly get less and less logical as the fear grows.  He could be accused of underplaying this, but I don't think that it is the case here.  He's playing a more sedate version of this Character who is trying to save everyone from a more generalized threat.  His 'freak outs' are more nuanced and I like that.  I take nothing away from either previous version of this Story- I just like this one for what it is.  As the first Episode that's not free, they had a bar to get over.  Thankfully, they did it and I can't wait to see what he has for us next...
Next time, another inspired riff on a Classic.  Will a 2nd chance be better...or worse?  See you then... 

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