The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 1 Episode 14 – Third from the Sun

This is a Cold War science fiction story.  A worker at a nuclear munitions plant is sure that a nuclear war will occur within forty-eight hours.  He plots with a friend of his who is a test pilot to steal an experimental space craft (actually it looked like the flying saucer from Forbidden Planet) and escape to another planet with their families.  The base has some kind of security chief who suspects the plot and he shows up that night to transparently hint that he suspects they will attempt to steal the space craft.  When they try to sneak on the base the security guy catches them and threatens them with a pistol.  They turn the tables on him and after repelling the security forces they succeed in escaping into outer space.

On the ship (which also looks like the internal set from the Forbidden Planet space craft) we find out that their destination is the third planet from the sun which the inhabitants call “Earth.”

So, this is a pretty straight up sci fi from the period with the whole Cold War nuclear war phobia thing.  The protagonist lays on the anti-military thing a little thick for my taste.  I looked up the actor and found out he had been a conscientious objector in WWII.  But Serling always seemed like a Lefty so it goes with the territory.  It’s a simple story and even though the surprise twist is kind of lame I actually enjoy watching the episode.  It’s sort of a fairy tale.  I’ll give it a B+.

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War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

Serling graduated from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It is a well-known hotbed of communist/socialist intrigue. Loretta Scott King is another graduate. The university (actually a middlin’ small college) gives credit to students for social protest and activism (liberal only, of course). They ran out of money and shut down a few years back (2008) when students found out their degrees from Antioch were good for starting salary at McDonald’s and that was about it, and stopped enrolling. They may have gotten funding to reopen from Soros or someone, I dunno. Haven’t been through there in a while. Downtown… Read more »

TomD77
1 year ago

I’m Marine. Viet Nam era, Marine Air Wing, but never in country and never shot at. My Dad sure was, 1943 West point grad, Company Commander in 101st Airborne, Bronze Star, Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster and DSC. Had his right leg blown off in the Battle of the Bulge. After 3 years in the hospital, he shrugged it off and got a MS in Chemical Engineering followed by a successful career.

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

Imagine how a wolf would feel if he knew his descendant would be a pug.

That’s how your grandfather feels when he sees your man-bun.

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

Nor does it do a good job healing them, body and mind. Don’t get me started on the VA.