The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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And When the Sky Was Opened 

Three U.S. astronauts blast off from Earth on an initial test flight in an experimental rocket-ship, but during the flight into space the ship disappears from radar, then reappears. On ... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes
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Colonel Ed Harrington
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Three U.S. astronauts blast off from Earth on an initial test flight in an experimental rocket-ship, but during the flight into space the ship disappears from radar, then reappears. On return, the rocket-ship is hangared and put under a tarp, pending an investigation. One crewman is hospitalized for a leg broken on landing, and is visited by the other two. Next the pair go for a drink, and then one crewman phones his parents from a bar phone-booth - but they say they have no son! The astronaut immediately disappears, and no one in the bar remembers him, except the other astronaut in the bar, the Captain. Written by David Stevens

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Although not in the script, Douglas Heyes told Rod Taylor to jump through the bar window because he felt his character was in such a fever pitch it only made sense. Rod Serling saw the scene and liked it enough to approve the change. See more »

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When Lt. Col. Forbes and Col. Harrington depart Maj. Gart's room, they both have their US Air Force uniform covers (caps). Col. Harrington's cap has "scrambled eggs" on the visor as it should, however, Lt. Col. Forbes' cap does not. This is an error- as *all* US Air Force officers the rank of Lt. Col. and above should have the "scrambled eggs" on their cap visors. This is current today, and was the policy in 1959, as well. See more »

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Colonel Ed Harrington: [Feeling that he will disappear] It's all part of this feeling.
Colonel Ed Harrington: This feeling I shouldn't be here, that none of us should be here!
Colonel Ed Harrington: It's as if maybe that we shouldn't have come back from that flight at all.
Colonel Ed Harrington: Maybe somebody, something made a mistake.
Colonel Ed Harrington: It let us get through when we shouldn't have.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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It's Never June
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Music by Bruce Campbell
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A Great Twist on a Classic Theme
16 August 2013 | by (Watertown, Mass.) – See all my reviews

Here we have a story you've seen countless times: someone has experienced something remarkable and unbelievable, and not even his best friend (let alone the bartender in a bar) buys it. "Am I crazy?" wonders the hero. "But no, I can't be; I *know what I saw.* You must believe me! Even if no one in the world remembers things the way I do!" That's the starting point, and then it goes in an entirely unexpected direction.

Some reviewers have stated that the brilliant "twist" is telegraphed very early. This isn't true at all. What they really mean is that the twist is revealed not in the final moments, but several scenes previously, and that the final scenes then play out with a dread that is all the more chilling because is it predictable, inevitable -- to both us and the characters.

Certainly one of the underrated gems of the series.


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