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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Episode complete credited cast:
William Sturka
Joe Maross ...
Jerry Riden
Denise Alexander ...
Jody Sturka
Lori March ...
Eve Sturka
Jeanne Evans ...
Ann Riden


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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Release Date:

8 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode makes heavy use of the Dutch Tilt camera technique. See more »


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 »


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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When it all gets too much, some people just need some space.
21 November 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

While this is not one of my favourite episodes of The Twilight Zone it's still a cracking tale with some great, evocative, narration by Rod Serling and plenty of atmosphere throughout as viewers feel a strangeness and a tension connected to some impending disaster that's never clarified.

A few government agents know that the time has come to flee before death gets to claim them all so they make their way to a spacecraft that sits in their place of work. Perhaps they can use it to escape or perhaps they will die trying.

With a paranoia and constant sense of fear reminiscent of the Cold War, this episode must have struck a chord when first shown back in 1960. Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, the material is well directed by Richard L. Bare and well acted by all involved, including Fritz Weaver as one of the main characters.

Others on screen include Edward Andrews, Joe Maross, Denise Alexander and Lori March and they all contribute to what ends up being a quietly disturbing and all too believable journey into . . . . The Twilight Zone.

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