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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An Infinity Of Worlds
1 February 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Scientists have just now concluded that our universe is likely flat and infinite. Therefore, given that the possible set of all arrangements of atoms is finite, it follows that there are an infinite number of other planets nearly identical to ours. The premise of this episode is precisely that. There is another earth very similar but not identical in every respect to ours. I find this particular scenario very interesting in that it explores, abet in a rudimentary way, the concept of multiple realities existing along side ours. As a practical matter we will never meet our other "Parallel" selves since they would be billions of light years away but it's fun to realize that they do indeed exist according to these recent findings. Just another example of just how prescient the Twilight Zone series was.


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