The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 2

The Arrival

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Aired Unknown Sep 22, 1961 on CBS
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  • A mystery aircraft lands with no passengers in it!

    9.5
    I loved this episode. It had such a gripping storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering what happened to the passengers. Even though the explanation turned out to be a little far-fetched, I liked the fact that they still kept the ending somewhat open ended, so you still keep wondering as to whether the flight really appeared that day, or of it was just someone's imagination. Harold Stone did a great job as portraying Shekley, the person from the F.A.A who investigates the mystery of the place. Overall, I really enjoyed "The Arrival" and thought this was definitely one of the better episodes of the series.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This object, should any of you have lived underground for the better parts of your lives and never had occasion to look toward the sky, is an airplane, its official designation a DC-3. We offer this rather obvious comment because this particular airplane, the one you're looking at, is a freak. Now, most airplanes take off and land as per scheduled. On rare occasions they crash. But all airplanes can be counted on doing one or the other. Now, yesterday morning this particular airplane ceased to be just a commercial carrier. As of its arrival it became an enigma, a seven-ton puzzle made out of aluminum, steel, wire and a few thousand other component parts, none of which add up to the right thing. In just a moment, we're going to show you the tail end of its history. We're going to give you ninety percent of the jigsaw pieces and you and Mr. Sheckly here of the Federal Aviation Agency will assume the problem of putting them together along with finding the missing pieces. This we offer as an evening's hobby, a little extracurricular diversion which is really the national pastime in the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Picture of a man with an Achilles' heel, a mystery that landed in his life and then turned into a heavy weight, dragged across the years to ultimately take the form of an illusion. Now, that's the clinical answer that they put on the tag as they take him away. But if you choose to think that the explanation has to do with an airborne Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship on a fog-enshrouded night on a flight that never ends, then you're doing your business in an old stand in the Twilight Zone.

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