An architect's close encounter with a spaceship leads him to investigate a small town's hydroelectric plant.



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Episode cast overview:
Kathy Adams
Police Lt. Ben Holman
Alan Landers
Sheriff Lou Carver
Aunt Sara
John Brandon (as James Ward)
Mrs. Brandon
Mary Jackson ...


Architect David Vincent, too long without sleep, takes a side road in search of coffee. But Bud's Diner is closed and so Vincent does the only other thing he can: settles in for a nap. An hour later, at 5:00am, a ruddy glow awakens him. He sees the very unexpected: a space vessel landing nearby! Vincent races off to summon the authorities, but when he returns the dilapidated sign reads "Kelly's Diner" and the ship - if that's what it was - is nowhere around. The authorities dismiss his story by Vincent believes in what he saw, and sets out to find proof. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




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10 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] How does a nightmare begin? For David Vincent, architect, returning home from a business trip, it began at a few minutes past four on a lost Tuesday morning, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a welcoming sign that gave hope of black coffee. It began with a closed, deserted diner and a man too long without sleep to continue his journey. In the weeks to come, David Vincent would go back to how it began many times.
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"The Nightmare Has Already Begun"
2 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My 1st time seeing this classic series. Wow what a pilot episode! I'm hooked already! Just started to see this one. Roy Thinnes was the perfect casting for this role of "David Vincent" He has this weird but perfect look about him so naturally "normal" people look at him like he's crazy! Nice intro and the music is right on target! Great score by Dominic Frontiere. Excellent narration by Dick Wesson(A Quinn Martin production's common narrator)

Nice guest stars also. This one had a young Diane Baker(who so looked like a young Debra Winger it's uncanny!) the late great J.D. Cannon, the late great Ellen Corby aka "Grandma Walton", the late great Vaughn Taylor and last but not least the late great Dabbs Greer.

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