The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 14

Third from the Sun (8 Jan. 1960)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Jody Sturka
Lori March ...
Eve Sturka
Jeanne Evans ...
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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 garykmcd

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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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Narrator: [opening narration] Quitting time at the plant. Time for supper now. Time for families. Time for a cool drink on a porch. Time for the quiet rustle of leaf-laden trees that screen out the moon, and underneath it all, behind the eyes of the men, hanging invisible over the summer night, is a horror without words. For this is the stillness before storm. This is the eve of the end.
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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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