The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Third from the Sun 

Two families of Government employees plan to steal a spaceship and travel to another planet just prior to a nuclear war. They must also deal with a stooge who wants to stop them.

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William Sturka
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Carling
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Jerry Riden
Denise Alexander ...
Jody Sturka
Lori March ...
Eve Sturka
Jeanne Evans ...
Ann Riden
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William Sturka works as a hydrogen specialist in a highly secure plant. Conditions are tense and there are constant rumors of war. The latest is that it's going to happen in the next 48 hours. Unbeknownst to his wife Eve and daughter Jody, he and his friend Jerry Riden have been planning an escape of sorts for themselves and their families. Jerry is a test pilot and they plan to steal the government's latest spacecraft heading off to a planet they believe may sustain life. Their biggest challenge is Carling, a security officer who seems to be onto their plan. Written by garykmcd

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8 January 1960 (USA)  »

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During the closing scene, the main characters are depicted aboard a spaceship, a reuse of the ship created for Forbidden Planet (1956); inside, the navigational globe is the same as that of the ship while the gauges shown in the background are taken from the power dials of the "mysterious machine" that Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) used to create the monsters of his id in the same film. See more »

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The spaceship is mentioned as one that "could" go beyond the planet's atmosphere. That doesn't mean it would be capable of interstellar travel. See more »

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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Behind a tiny ship heading into space is a doomed planet on the verge of suicide. Ahead lies a place called Earth, the third planet from the sun. And for William Sturka and the men and women with him, it's the eve of the beginning - in the Twilight Zone.
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The Twilight Zone At Its Best!
17 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the reason I watch The Twilight Zone.

The episode Third from the Sun is absolutely amazing to watch. The twist ending has to be one of the best ever used during the series five season run. Fritz Weaver does amazing job as the main character in the episode. Edward Andrews has to be one of the creepiest villains ever in the Twilight Zone, he does a great job. You should also pay close attention to the amazing camera angles used by director Richard L. Bare. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to get into The Twilight Zone and also those who are already fans but have not had the chance to see this great episode.


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