So, we have two episodes that are personal favorites of mine. I love these episodes, and yes, they do have numbers in their titles. I remember posting on the Twilight Zone Facebook group, asking how many people could name episodes with numbers in their titles. I got a lot of responses; it’s a great crowd over there, and I appreciate their input. “Twenty-Two” is based on an urban legend, essentially, the teleplay by Serling is based on a short story by E.F. Benson, which, in turn, inspired an anecdote by Bennett Cerf in a book called, Famous Ghost Stories in 1944, so we have proof right here that urban legends are not necessarily true stories, simply a kind of Mandela Effect, in which we assume legends are true because they were passed on by people, names and places change, generation after generation, and those people that started the legends were merely telling stories that were fabricated by other people.
“The Odyssey of Flight 33” almost picks up where “Twenty-Two” leaves off. We end in an airport, and we pick this one up in an airplane, getting ready to land. There were a few episodes of Twilight Zone that took place in airports and airplanes, but we’re right here in the cockpit. This episode aired February 24, 1961, written by Serling, directed by Justus Addis – we’re going London to New York, long flight over the Atlantic, but something doesn’t feel right. Instead of slowing down, the craft is gaining acceleration, getting faster.
Written by David Lawler
Additional Commentary by Bronwyn Knox
Original Music by Alex Saltz, APS Mastering
Introduction Music: “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (John Denver) by Betsy & Chris (from the 1970 album, The Folk Mates).
Audio Clips: Airplane (a 1980 comedy film directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker), “Twenty Two”, “The Odyssey of Flight 33”.
Recorded July 30, 2016
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