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
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 »
The cockpit has a rear wall in the front shots but has obviously been removed from the shots from the rear. See more »
Routine flight from London to New York City is detoured into the TZ.
For me the ending of this show is one of the most unsettling of the series. All the action takes place aboard the jet, so writer Serling had his work cut out for him. But he does keep our interest glued to the cockpit, even if the 5 man crew seems too cool and detached to be plausible. Still, the captain's (John Anderson's) unflappable reactions keep viewers attention focused on what's happening to the flight instead of the crew's reactions to it. The time travel theme is well-handled, particularly with the sonic shocks that impart an air of believability. There's also a humorous bit of byplay between the passengers reminiscent of the later Airport film series. However, someone should have taken a second look at those jungle miniatures, which must have come from some Z-movie stock footage. All in all, the show makes for a very entertaining, if unsettling, half-hour.
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