Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
A USAF bomber pilot awakens in the desert, lying next to his downed B25 Mitchell. Capt. James Embry commanded the aircraft but has no memory of how he got there. More importantly to him, his crew is nowhere to be found. At one point, he even begins to wonder if he is hallucinating, especially after he sees one of his men momentarily sitting in the cockpit. When he awakens in a hospital bed he thinks it was all a dream but then wonders: did he really go back to the desert. Written by
Captain Embry mentions the name of his plane's waist gunner, but his B-25 is an earlier model without a waist gun position. See more »
Enigma buried in the sand, a question mark with broken wings that lies in silent grace as a marker in a desert shrine. Odd how the real consorts with the shadows, how the present fuses with the past. How does it happen? The question is on file in the silent desert, and the answer? The answer is waiting for us - in the Twilight Zone.
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The name of Bob Cummings' character may be an in-joke.
"King Nine Will Not Return" is one of the very best episodes of "The Twilight Zone." The lead is "Captain James Embry," played by Bob Cummings. Captain Embry is a U.S.A.A.F. aircraft commander who wakes up in his B-25, "King Nine," which has crashed somewhere in a desert. He cannot remember how he came to be there; neither, despite searching for them frantically, can he find his crew.
When this episode was filmed, one of the best flight academies in the country was the "Embry-Riddle School of Aviation."
For its commander, King Nine's post-crash status is certainly an "Embry riddle"!
Gordon F. Corbett
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