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
The background noises heard aboard the ship in the final scene were later reused in Star Trek (1966). 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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The quote above is taken from a conversation early on between two government employees about the imminent prospect of nuclear war. Along with 'The Shelter', 'One More Pallbearer',and other episodes, this entry explores the fear at the time of such a human disaster. Sturka (Fritz Weaver from The 'Obsolete Man') plans to get his family away in a spaceship capable of reaching another habitable planet. The tension mounts brilliantly, especially during the card game. Edward Andrews is brilliant as Carling, the watchful obstacle in the way of the plan. The situation calls for meticulous reasoning while on the edge of madness as Sturka and his colleague are forced to keep their apocalyptic knowledge secret. A great blend of grave seriousness and fantasy so defining of TZ.
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