Trying to find his way home after a dogfight in World War I, Royal Flying Corps Flt. Lt. William Terrance Decker lands at a U.S. Air Force base 42 years into the future. No one believes him when he claims to be from 1917, thinking someone is trying to put one over on them. Decker himself admits that before suddenly leaping into the future he was actually flying away from an serial encounter and leaving his friend in a lurch. He also realizes that he may have an opportunity to rectify that situation. Written by
Filmed at Norton AFB, San Bernardino, California--playing the roll of Lafayette Air Base, Reims, France. There was a Reims Air Base in France in 1959 (the year this episode was set), now known as Aerodrome de Reims-Champagne. Norton AFB was decommissioned and closed in 1994. The site is now San Bernardino International Airport. See more »
When Decker first gets out of his plane, Maj Wilson begins to question him. Decker's hair is neatly combed. When Wilson asks him "Are you French?" the shot changes to a closeup of Decker only. His hair is now disheveled in the front and hanging down on his forehead. The next shot returns to the wider angle and Decker's hair is more neatly combed again, as it originally was, not hanging on his forehead. See more »
Witness Flight Lieutenant William Terrance Decker, Royal Flying Corps, returning from a patrol somewhere over France. The year is 1917. The problem is that the Lieutenant is hopelessly lost. Lieutenant Decker will soon discover that a man can be lost not only in terms of maps and miles, but also in time - and time in this case can be measured in eternities.
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One of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes was this one involving a rift in time. Some similar type plots were used to great effect in Star Trek and in Star Trek - The Next Generation.
A World War I pilot from the British Royal Flying Corps lands at his base after a sortie with some Germans. Kenneth Haigh pilots his ancient biplane for a landing and gets quite the surprise. It's 42 years later and what was his airfield is now an American NATO base with all kinds of airplanes with advances that his mind could barely conceive.
Of course the folks in charge of the base have a lot of trouble swallowing his story. And they've got a big VIP visiting the base shortly, a British Vice Air Marshal played by Robert Warwick who was a hero of World War II and who was learning his trade during the first World War who Haigh knew back in the day.
I can't say more, but a trip to The Twilight Zone has given Haigh a chance to fulfill his intended destiny. This episode was well written and acted and not a moment of film frame was spared in bringing a most engrossing story.
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