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
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 »
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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This is Twilight Zone at it's best. Amazing acting both from the protagonists and the villain(s). Incredible twist at the end that puts a bow on it. It even took me by surprise and usually I can see these coming. That is because the episode simply captures you entirely and doesn't let you consider anything outside it's bounds. The tension keeps building and building until the climax. This is an example of what I watch T.Z. for. It screws with your head, but makes sense at the same time. It's out of this world, and yet closer than you think. The suspense of watching as the villain picks up the item and investigates it is exhausting. His is one of the most powerful performances in this episode, conveying a sense of relation to most governmental agendas. Don't take my word for it though, just watch it.
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