The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 18

The Odyssey of Flight 33

Aired Unknown Feb 24, 1961 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A commercial aircraft mysteriously travels back through time.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Waste of time

    Terrible episode. They go back in time to the dinosaur age in an airplane. That's about it.
  • The Oddyssey of flight 33.

    This episode. combines two of my favorite things and that is anything to do with airplanes and Movies and TV show about time travel this episode is about Flight 33 and it has traveled back in time back to the dinosores then it goes to 1939 then after that who knows it could go to 2007 and be hear with us with us it flew around the 1939 worlds fair which was relly cool this is one of the best Twilight Zone episodes ever. The fact that Serling wrote my favorite Episode is cool

    that is all i have. 100 wordsmoreless
  • 218

    Not the best episode of The Twilight Zone by any standard, just because it felt as though the plot didn't go anywhere. Plus traveling back in time on a plane isn't exactly must watch TV. I know this was made in the 1960s but honestly they could have done better with the dinosaur, or at least something more clever to show the audience that they were back in the prehistoric era. Something that was clever was going to the 1930s. We got great things to show us that they were in the 30s with the New York World Fair. The flight attendants were just too bothersome for my liking, and they should have just kept all the focus on the pilots. This episode started out good with the plane going to fast, but then it had seemed to have lost its way by turning the plane in to a time machine. That's just my opinion, and also I know a lot of other Twilight Zone episodes that just surpassed this one in quality. Fair episode overall.moreless
Rod Serling

Rod Serling


John Anderson (I)

John Anderson (I)

Captain Farver

Paul Comi

Paul Comi

1st Officer Craig

Sandy Kenyon

Sandy Kenyon

Navigator Hatch

Wayne Heffley

Wayne Heffley

Second Officer Wyatt

Harp McGuire

Harp McGuire

Flight Engineer Purcell

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: You're riding on a jet airliner en route from London to New York. You're at 35,000 feet atop an overcast and roughly fifty-five minutes from Idlewild Airport. But what you've seen occur inside the cockpit of this plane is no reflection on the aircraft or the crew. It's a safe, well-engineered, perfectly designed machine, and the men you've just met are a trained, cool, highly efficient team. The problem is simply that the plane is going too fast and there is nothing within the realm of knowledge or at least logic to explain it. Unbeknownst to passenger and crew, this airplane is heading into an unchartered region well off the beaten track of commercial travelers. It's moving into the Twilight Zone. What you're about to see we call "The Odyssey of Flight 33."

    • Paula: I'm seeing The Valkyrie tonight. Oh, Janie, I've always had a thing about Valhalla. Be a good egg and tell me I'm going to make it in time for the curtain.
      Janie: Let me put it to you this way. I only hope the Valhalla you're talking about is at the Metropolitan Opera House in little old New York.
      Paula: Instead of?
      Janie: Instead of a conducted tour through the real thing.

    • First Officer Craig: Well, what about the passengers?
      Captain Farver: I think we'd better let them in on it. (over the intercom) Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. What I'm about to tell you...what I'm about to tell you is something I can't explain myself. Your crew is as much in the dark as you are. If you look out on the left-hand side of this aircraft, you'll see directly below an area called Lake Success. And those buildings aren't the United Nations. They happen to be... they happen to be the World's Fair. What I'm trying to tell you is that somehow, someway, in some manner, this aircraft has gone back into time and it's 1939. We're going to try to increase our speed and go back through the same sound barrier we've already done twice before. I don't know if we can do it. All I ask of you is that you remain calm and pray.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: A Global jet airliner, en route from London to New York on an uneventful afternoon in the year 1961, but now reported overdue and missing, and by now searched for on land, sea, and air by anguished human beings fearful of what they'll find. But you and I know where she is, you and I know what's happened. So if some moment, any moment, you hear the sound of jet engines flying atop the overcast, engines that sound searching and lost, engines that sound desperate, shoot up a flare or do something. That would be Global 33 trying to get home from the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Idlewild Airport was originally built in 1943 and took its name from the golf course on whose land it was built. It was renamed New York International Airport in 1948. However, the name Idlewild was still used until 1963 when it was renamed John F. Kennedy Airport in memory of the late President who was assassinated.

    • The "dinosaur sequence" was credited to Jack Harris, and used a brontosaurus model taken from his 1961 film Dinosaurus. The expense of the two brief shots ran $2,500, making it the most expensive footage in the original series.