Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Twilight Zone Diaries, episode 14

Third From the Sun

originally aired: January 8, 1960
written by: Rod Serling
starring: Fritz Weaver, Joe Maross

"5:30pm, 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 if all, behind the eyes of the men, hanging invisible over the summer night is a horror without words. For this is the stillness before the storm. This is the eve of the end."

classification: science fiction

story: Two families plot to escape from their planet, which is threatened by nuclear destruction, in a rocket. Their destination: Earth.

my summary: Now I realize that when most people think of The Twilight Zone they totally envision a sci-fi series. But is it just me or are the science fiction episodes the lamest ones of all? They are all the same and have little to no plot. This one had some interesting camera techniques (round table, shot from underneath) and I kind of enjoy Fritz Weaver. I think this story was a good enough one but probably better on paper than on film.

"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 The Twilight Zone."