The Twilight Zone episode 10, “Blurryman,” marks the series' season 1 finale with a self-aware meta commentary about embracing new beginnings. A woman devotes all her time and energy to The Twilight Zone, only to discover that she may be too invested in science fiction and horror. For its premise, “Blurryman” overtly acknowledges the internet meme phenomenon associated with Slenderman while examining the pros and cons of obsessive genre loyalty.
“Blurryman” begins with a self-loathing writing character, portrayed by Seth Rogen. He struggles with structural issues for his story but suddenly experiences a creative epiphany: he’ll write a science fiction narrative that begins with the apocalypse. Moments later, his fiction becomes a reality. The Twilight Zone producer/host Jordan Peele then provides his usual introductory narration, and the episode appears to be focused on Rogen's character. But there’s a twist - Peele stops and asks for new narration from the episode's writer, Sophie (Zazie Beetz). After a slight delay, Sophie provides new narration but realizes it’s not what she wrote. Something's wrong, something's off. The remaining scenes explore Sophie’s journey of self-discovery, as she flees from Blurryman but ultimately decides to face her deepest fears. The Twilight Zone season 1 finale comes to the conclusion that horror and science fiction can and should expand the mind rather than negatively affect one’s perception of reality.
The opening narrative twist allows The Twilight Zone to incorporate past episodes. After the narration mix-up, Sophie learns that a mysterious Blurryman has been appearing in various scenes of the episode they're currently filming. It also turns out that Blurryman also been spotted in various season 1 productions, including the premiere episode "The Comedian". Sophie takes a walk with Peele through the set, providing the audience with a behind the scenes look at what actually might take place. The opening preps the viewer for Sophie's fantastic voyage.
With the TV production subplot firmly established, “Blurryman” infuses the narrative with horror tropes. Sophie arrives at a diner set and discovers a “Blurryman” book with the character on each and every page. Like a traditional damsel in distress, she runs and looks for help but can’t find anybody. Sophie arrives on a street set and sees her image on a television. In this exact moment, the narrative theme shifts from traditional horror to science fiction. In addition, The Twilight Zone adds a dose of psychological horror when Sophie begins hearing her own voice. Maybe horror is real? And maybe the “genre stuff isn’t just bullsh*t?” The Twilight Zone clearly addresses the concept that some people just don't take certain genres seriously, whether it's horror, science fiction, or fantasy. This sets up the final act of “Blurryman,” in which Peele and company pay homage to The Twilight Zone’s beginnings, and how it blended various genres to deliver a powerful message.
Sophie decides that she must face her fears. She’s taken back in time and sees her adolescent self watching The Twilight Zone while her parents discuss her lack of friends. This particular sequence implies that maybe Sophie never learned how to develop meaningful social relationships, and the character breathes a sigh of relief when she arrives back on set in what appears to be reality. But Sophie finds out that she’s in another dimension and walks into a black and white apocalyptic setting. Perhaps years of horror and science fiction ruined her mental health, The Twilight Zone seems to be saying. The Blurryman appears one final time, and he’s revealed to be none other than Rod Serling, the creator and original host of The Twilight Zone. He calms Sophie and provides closing narration that addresses the episode’s primary themes. As people grow older and say goodbye to “childish things,” one may lose their sense of imagination and curiosity. “Our only hope is to face all reality,” Serling says. The Twilight Zone season 1 finale, "Blurryman", urges viewers to embrace new beginnings, and to not worry so much about labeling various forms of art and entertainment.