The Twilight Zone

Season 2 Episode 18

The Odyssey of Flight 33

Aired Unknown Feb 24, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (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

    • 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.

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