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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Carling
Joe Maross ...
Jerry Riden
Denise Alexander ...
Jody Sturka
Lori March ...
Eve Sturka
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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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During the closing scene, the main characters are depicted aboard a "flying saucer" - the spaceship resembles the one used in "The Forbidden Planet"; inside, the navigational globe is the same as that of "The Forbidden Planet" saucer, while the gauges shown in the background are taken from the power dials of the "mysterious machine" that Morbius uses to create the monsters of his id. See more »

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When the Sturka car is being driven, there is engine noise but no road noise. 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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An unforgettable "twist".
1 January 2010 | by (Lovely Long Island, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

I happily enjoyed a wonderful Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy Channel this New year's weekend. Of all the wonderful shows I had the pleasure of seeing, this one stands out above many others. As is often the case with this wonderful series, Rod Serling took a simple story and turned it into a thinking man's thriller.

The story tells of two men who work at a government space facility. When they discover that the world as they know it is coming to an end, they decide to steal a spaceship to help their families escape to safety. What brings the story beyond the mundane is a classic "twist" ending that takes most viewers by surprise. I loved the episode and believe most other viewers will also. Give it a try, I'm sure you'll be happy you did!


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