Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 11

The Parallel (14 Mar. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" The Parallel (original title)

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Astronaut Robert Gaines returns from space to a world that is not exactly the one he left from.

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] In the vernacular of space, this is T minus one hour, sixty minutes before a human being named Major Robert Gaines is lifted off from the Mother Earth and rocketed into the sky, farther and longer than any man ahead of him. Call this one of the first faltering steps of man to sever the umbilical cord of gravity and stretch out a fingertip toward an unknown. In a moment, we'll join this astronaut named Gaines and embark on an adventure, because the environs overhead - the ...
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3 July 2007 | by (Prescott, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

This is a typical episode, somewhat interesting, with the men acting really stiff and trying to look smart.

The part I found interesting was the reference to JFK. I checked the date and the episode (March 1963) was released about six months before the fateful day in Dallas (Nov 1963).

I suppose the significant part about that is the lack of recognition to JFK in other episodes of the same period.

I have noticed in television shows of the era a hesitancy to talk about current politicians. Often there will be a fictitious congressman or local official, but the president is usually a vague figure, not identified.

This episode is worth watching just for the historical references.


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