Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 18

The Odyssey of Flight 33 (24 Feb. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Odyssey of Flight 33 (original title)

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Passing through the sound barrier a commercial airliner inadvertently travels back in time.

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Global Flight 33 is en route from London to New York in what appears to be a routine flight in a modern jetliner. Suddenly however, the jet's speed increases to an incredible 3000 knots and they arrive in New York rather quickly. Neither the captain or his well-trained crew can explain what happened - a strange tail-wind perhaps - but they are certainly not prepared for what they find as they survey the land below them. Written by garykmcd

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The authentically realistic cockpit dialog written by Robert J. Serling, brother of author Rod Serling. Robert was an airline pilot and aviation writer for United Press International. He is listed in the credits as consultant. See more »

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When the plane is making its first descent, the radio operator's headphones are lowered to his neck, then over his head and ears, and finally back across his neck. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: You're riding on a jet airliner en route from London to New York. You're at 35,000 feet atop an overcast and roughly fifty-five minutes from Idlewild Airport. But what you've seen occur inside the cockpit of this plane is no reflection on the aircraft or the crew. It's a safe, well-engineered, perfectly designed machine. And the men you've just met are a trained, cool, highly efficient team. The problem is simply that the plane is going too fast, and there is nothing within ...
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References Dinosaurus! (1960) See more »

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Airport '61 is much weirder than the others.
3 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A very decent piece of vintage television, but lacking in the some of the qualities that made TZ great. The strength here is that you have ordinary, rational, and believable characters making a journey into strange territory. However, I would have liked more direct plot involvement to have happened to one of them. The special effect that you see sixteen minutes in is a little, well, primitive. I don't know who did that but you can easily see who didn't .

TZ regular actor Paul Comi makes his second fantastical journey on the show, having traveled to Mars in 'People Are Alike All Over'(series one). With all this experience he's the right man to psychoanalyze the estranged returning astronaut in 'The Parallel' (series four) I should think.


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