Three U.S. astronauts blast off from Earth on an initial test flight in an experimental rocket-ship, but during the flight into space the ship disappears from radar, then reappears. On return, the rocket-ship is hangared and put under a tarp, pending an investigation. One crewman is hospitalized for a leg broken on landing, and is visited by the other two. Next the pair go for a drink, and then one crewman phones his parents from a bar phone-booth - but they say they have no son! The astronaut immediately disappears, and no one in the bar remembers him, except the other astronaut in the bar, the Captain.Written by
Although not in the script, Douglas Heyes told Rod Taylor to jump through the bar window because he felt his character was in such a fever pitch it only made sense. Rod Serling saw the scene and liked it enough to approve the change. See more »
Major Gart was hospitalized with a broken leg, established early in the show. Near the end he jumps out of the hospital bed and runs to the door, but nothing seems to be wrong with his leg and no cast is visible. See more »
Astronaut Col. Clegg Forbes (Rod Taylor) visits his colleague Major William Gart (James Hutton) in hospital. They have recently returned from a mission in space with a third member- Major Ed Harrington, who no one remembers but Forbes! Especially chilling for Forbes as their spaceship X-20 went off the radar for twenty-four hours before they returned to earth.
One of the early episodes that set the standard. Interesting now as its a fantasy drama made at a time when space exploration was new. That is not to say that its dated as a mysterious sci-fi tale. The concept came from a Richard Matheson story called 'Disappearing Act' and this was the first of sixteen of his to be used for the Zone. In this case Rod Serling took the idea and created his own very different and absorbing teleplay. The three men are shown together briefly in flashback in a spirit of devil-may-care esprit de corps and in contrast as somewhat shaken by the weird goings-on in the main body of the story. Rod Taylor turns in perhaps his best performance-no Hitchcockian birds-no Morlocks- but instead something inexplicable and profoundly scary.
Just a thought. There's a William Gart in this, and a Gart Williams as main character in 'A Stop At Willoughby'.
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