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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Narrator: [Closing Narration] A Global jet airliner, en route from London to New York on an uneventful afternoon in the year 1961, but now reported overdue and missing, and by now, searched for on land, sea, and air by anguished human beings, fearful of what they'll find. But you and I know where she is. You and I know what's happened. So if some moment, any moment, you hear the sound of jet engines flying atop the overcast - engines that sound searching and lost - engines that sound desperate - shoot up ...
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The Science Is Suspect
18 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a fair amount of tension in this episode. I recall on those old Star Trek shows, the scientist always seemed to be able to outsmart civilizations that were thousands of years more advance than they. There was always some solution that came to them and allowed them to escape. Unfortunately, that same level of precision doesn't quite work. The members of the crew are called on to improvise. The fact that they even have a plan is pretty remarkable, but, given the situation, maybe there is a reasonable solution. Time is time. It is a continuum and somehow there is some sort of warp that casts the plane into a prehistoric period. The crew must use its limited aeronautical skills to figure out what to do. Things don't go smoothly. But it's a good ride.


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