Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 14

Third from the Sun (8 Jan. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Third from the Sun (original title)

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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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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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The title refers to the position of our planet Earth in its order revolving around the sun. Earth comes after Mercury and Venus, whose orbits are closer to our sun. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] 5:30 P.M. 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 invisable 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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Perhaps I'm the only one to notice, but....
3 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...when we first see the ship behind the security fence, it looks suspiciously like the ship used in "Forbidden Planet". When the "good guys" are fighting off the "bad guys" so they can get out of Dodge or wherever, the ramp up which they have to climb looks suspiciously like the one that the "Id Monster" from "Forbidden Planet" had to climb.

Finally, when they're well out into space and we can see the interior of the ship...surprise! It IS the same "control deck" as in "Forbidden Planet"! All that's missing is Robby the Robot.

This isn't the first time the "Forbidden Planet" set has been used for other films and TV episodes. In the George Pal "The Time Machine", we can see the "Astrogator's Station" (the large hemisphere containing the means by which the ship is steered). The very Astrogator's Station at which Leslie Nielsen sat before he became Dr. Rumack in "Airplane", and Lt. Frank Drebbin...


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