William Surka 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. Unbeknown 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
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 »
When the Sturka car is being driven, there is engine noise but no road noise. See more »
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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Back in 1960, this episode must have scared a few folks...
This is a rather timely episode for 1960, as the Cold War and fear of nuclear annihilation were ever-present. There were nuclear missiles galore and many spent time during their school days having nuclear blast drills--the tension was terrible. In the midst of this, "The Twilight Zone" made this episode about two warring factions that are about ready to bring Armageddon. Both sides have escalated the conflict and now in a research facility, a few of the workers are worried that this end of their world is coming at any time. So, in a desperate effort, they plan on sneaking back to the base where they work and stealing a rocket on the launchpad. Perhaps on some other world they'll be able to find peace and be able to start new lives. The end of this is a great Twilight Zone twist--making an already tense and exciting episode even better.
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