Third from the Sun
"Third from the Sun" is episode 14 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It is based on a short story of the same name by Richard Matheson which first appeared in the first issue of the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction in October 1950. Will Sturka, a scientist who works at a military base, has been producing a great number of H-bombs in preparation for imminent nuclear war. Sturka realizes that there is only one way to escape—steal an experimental, top-secret spacecraft stored at the base, he plans to bring Sturka's daughter Jody. The two plot for months, making arrangements for their departure; when production of the bombs increases, Sturka realizes. He and Riden decide to put their plan in action—take their families to the craft to tour it, overpower the guards and take off. Sturka's superior Carling overhears the two men talking; that night, everyone gathers for a game of cards where Riden reveals that he has found a place to go—a small planet 11 million miles away. During the game, Carling unexpectedly appears at the door and hints that he knows what the group is planning.
He hints at trouble: "A lot can happen in forty-eight hours." After he leaves and Riden inform the women that they must leave that moment. When the five arrive at the site of the spacecraft and Riden spot their contact, who flashes a light; when the contact steps forward, though, he is revealed to be Carling, armed with a gun. He prepares to call the authorities; the women, who have been waiting in the car, watch as Carling orders them out. Jody throws the car's door open, knocking the gun from Carling's hand and giving the men enough time to overpower him; the group rushes into the ship. That evening, the group has safely escaped their doomed planet and are on course. Sturka comments. Riden smiles as he points out on the ship's viewer their mysterious destination, 11 million miles away—the third planet from the Sun, called "Earth". Todd VanDerWerff of The A. V. Club rated it A and called the twist "justifiably famous". "Probe 7, Over and Out", another Twilight Zone episode with a similar plot. "The Invaders", another episode in which a farm woman encounters tiny "alien" astronauts, who are Earthlings.
"Death Ship" is a TZ episode again featuring the Forbidden Planet Cruiser, where explorers find their ship E-89 has somehow crashed on the alien planet they have just found. Ancient astronaut theory DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 "Third from the Sun" on IMDb "Third from the Sun" at TV.com Matheson, Richard. "Third from the Sun". Galaxy Science Fiction. P. 61. Retrieved 17 October 2013
Twenty Two (The Twilight Zone)
"Twenty Two" is episode 53 of the American television series The Twilight Zone. The story was adapted by Rod Serling from a short anecdote in the 1944 Bennett Cerf Random House anthology Famous Ghost Stories, which itself was an adaptation of "The Bus-Conductor," a short story by E. F. Benson published in The Pall Mall Magazine in 1906. Liz Powell, a professional dancer, is hospitalized for exhaustion, she suffers a vivid recurring nightmare in which she is awakened in her hospital room by the loud ticking of a clock. She knocks a glass of water to the floor, shattering it follows the sound of footsteps into the hall, she sees half hidden in shadow, descend to the basement in the elevator. She follows the nurse down and finds the hospital morgue, room 22; the nurse emerges from the room and says, "Room for one more, honey." Liz screams, flees to the elevator, the dream ends. Liz insists the dream is happening to her, although her agent, seems doubtful, her doctor tries to assure her that this is impossible.
He produces the night nurse who attends the morgue, the woman looks nothing like the figure from Liz's dream. The doctor suggests that Liz try an experiment in lucid dreaming, alter one detail of the dream to undo its hold over her. To not reach for the glass upon "waking". Barney is encouraging of this approach, but Liz orders him to leave, seeing his behavior as patronizing; that night, the dream begins again. Liz visualizes a pack of cigarettes next to the glass of water on the nightstand; when she is awakened by the clock, she reaches for a cigarette instead of the glass. She drops the lighter, while reaching to retrieve it, her other hand knocks the glass to the floor; the dream continues as before: Liz follows the footsteps into the hall, follows the sinister nurse down to the morgue. The next morning, Liz is hysterical. A nurse is required to hold her down; the doctor is not convinced that Liz's dream is anything other than the product of her exhaustion, but he comments to the nurse that it is odd that Liz, who has never seen the real morgue, knows that it is room number 22.
After several days' rest, Liz is discharged from the hospital. She goes to the airport to fly to her next booking in Miami Beach, she buys her ticket and is told she will be on Flight 22. Terrified, she begins experiencing sensory details from the dream: she is thirsty, distracted by the loud ticking of a wall clock that only she can hear, bumps into a woman carrying a vase; the vase shatters. Footsteps in the hall seem magnified to her, she climbs the boarding stairs. As she reaches the top, a stewardess identical to the nurse from the dream emerges from the cabin, she says, "Room for one more, honey." Screaming, Liz stumbles down the races back to the terminal. Concerned airport staff try to calm her. Outside the window, Flight 22 taxis to the runway, takes off—and explodes in midair; the original 1906 story by E. F. Benson features a large, middle-aged male protagonist named Hugh Grainger from the English country visiting a friend in London, he is haunted by a man dressed like a bus conductor—but driving a horse-drawn hearse.
He sees the same man a month actually driving a bus, involved in a tremendous auto accident. The 1944 Cerf anecdote features instead a young New York woman visiting the Carolina plantation of distant relatives, with the hearse's coachman revealed to be the operator of a medical building elevator that plummets when its cables break. In the 1944 film, Dead of Night, the protagonist is again male with the name Hugh Grainger, haunted by a man driving a hearse, has a premonition about a fatal bus crash; as the Twilight Zone's second season began, the production was informed by CBS that, at about $65,000 per episode, the show was exceeding its budget. By November 1960, 16 episodes, more than half of the projected 29, were filmed, five of those had been broadcast, it was decided that six consecutive episodes would be videotaped at CBS Television City in the manner of a live drama and transferred to 16-millimeter film for future syndicated rebroadcasts. Eventual savings amounted to only about $30,000 for all six entries, judged to be insufficient to offset the loss of depth of visual perspective that, at the time, only film could offer.
The shows wound up looking little better than set-bound soap operas and, as a result, the experiment was deemed a failure and never tried again. Though the six shows were taped in a row, through November and into mid-December, their broadcast dates were out of order and varied with this, the fifth one, shown on February 10, 1961 as episode 17; the first, "The Lateness of the Hour", was seen on December 2, 1960 as episode 8. Two photographs of Barbara Nichols, one of her receiving direction from director Jack Smight and the second of her being given glycerin drops to simulate tears, appear in the book Dimensions Behind The Twilight Zone on p. 126. The book cites "Twenty Two" as one of Serling's classic "dream-state episodes". Queensryche's 1988 rock opera Operation: Mindcrime is thought to have used this episode as the inspiration for the song "Waiting for 22"; the song is said to be the dream state that ends when "My Empty Room" begins with the ticking of a clock. The translation of which bei
The Prime Mover
"The Prime Mover" is episode 57 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It aired on March 24, 1961 on CBS. Small-time gambler Ace Larsen discovers that his partner, Jimbo Cobb, has telekinetic powers after a car overturns outside their café and Jimbo moves the car without touching it; the crash scene was the same footage used in Thunder Road, the climatic and deadly last scene where Robert Mitchum's character is killed while trying to elude the law. Ace plans to use Jimbo's powers to win big in Las Vegas, he takes his girlfriend Kitty with them. Ace wins many jackpots, disregarding Jimbo's headaches from the use of his powers and his growing moral concerns over what they are doing. Kitty is repulsed and leaves, so Ace uses his newly acquired cash to lure the attention of the casino's cigarette girl and bets the pile in a game of craps, just as Jimbo's powers "run out"; the loss awakens Ace to the reality of what he has become, he and Jimbo have a good laugh over their misfortune.
The three return home and, back at the café, Ace asks Kitty to marry him just as Jimbo drops his broom. She flips a coin, Ace calls "heads". Kitty doesn't tell him the result of the coin toss; as they embrace, Jimbo picks up the broom telekinetically, implying he faked his loss of power to snap Ace out of his greed. Dane Clark as Ace Larsen Buddy Ebsen as Jimbo Cobb Jane Burgess as Sheila Christine White as Kitty Cavanaugh William Keene as Desk clerk Nesdon Booth as Big Phil Nolan Clancy Cooper as Trucker Robert Riordan as Hotel Manager Joe Scott as Croupier List of The Twilight Zone episodes In "The Runaway", an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Toph duplicates Jimbo's trick of telekinetically manipulating dice and other gambling instruments using her earthbending, she uses the same gesture—head tipped sideways—as Ebsen uses in this episode. At the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a stable-boy on a casino planet telekinetically picks up a broom, echoing the final scene of this episode.
DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 "The Prime Mover" on IMDb "The Prime Mover" at TV.com
Supernatural (season 3)
The third season of Supernatural, an American dark fantasy television series created by Eric Kripke, premiered on October 4, 2007, concluded on May 15, 2008. Traveling throughout America, protagonists Sam and Dean Winchester use their father's journal to help them carry on the family business—saving people and hunting supernatural creatures; the season begins with the brothers tracking down the demons released from Hell in the previous season finale. They become allies with a demon named Ruby, who claims to know a way to release Dean from his demonic pact—he had sold his soul to a demon and was given a year to live in exchange for Sam's resurrection—and wants to protect them from the new demonic leader Lilith; as Dean's deadline approaches, their efforts are further hindered by Bela Talbot, a professional thief of occult items, at odds with the Winchesters. In the United States the season aired on Thursdays at 9:00 pm ET on The CW television network; the CW ordered 22 episodes for the season, but interference from the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike limited the season to 16 episodes.
Some storylines were thus postponed, which Kripke felt benefited the season by forcing the writers to focus on saving Dean. Despite its low ratings—it averaged only about 2.74 million American viewers—the series received an early renewal for a fourth season. The third season received mixed reviews from critics and fans, while the introduction of Ruby and Bela garnered negative responses. Warner Home Video released the season on DVD as a five-disc box set in Region 1 on September 2, 2008, in Region 2 on August 25, 2008, in Region 4 on September 30, 2008; the episodes are available through digital retailers such as Apple's iTunes Store, Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace, Amazon.com's on-demand TV service. Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester Katie Cassidy as Ruby / Lilith Lauren Cohan as Bela Talbot In this table, the number in the first column refers to the episode's number within the entire series, whereas the number in the second column indicates the episode's number within that particular season.
"U. S. viewers in millions" refers to how many Americans watched the episode live or on the day of broadcast. The third season introduced two new series regulars, both of whom were credited as starring in select episodes. Katie Cassidy portrayed the demon Ruby, created to change the perception of demons into more of a grey area, rather than the "black and white", "They're evil, we're good" approach used in the series. Lauren Cohan's character of Bela Talbot was meant to be "someone never come across before". Self-serving, she steals mystical artifacts for profit and has no interest in the "altruistic or obsessed or revenge-minded motives of hunting". In response to fan concerns about the characters, series creator Eric Kripke stated, " there for important plot elements, but it's not the Ruby and Bela show, nor is it about the four of them cruising around in the Impala together. It's about the guys." Budgetary reasons brought about the replacement of Cassidy for the fourth season, while the character of Bela was removed due to the negative fan reaction.
While there were new faces for the third season, much of the cast carried over from the previous year. Actor Jim Beaver returned as hunter Bobby Singer, felt the character had grown into a surrogate father for Sam and Dean. Richard Speight, Jr. returned as the Trickster in "Mystery Spot", as did Travis Wester and A. J. Buckley in "Ghostfacers" as Harry Spangler and Ed Zeddmore. Portraying "bumbling versions" of the Winchesters and Buckley improvised many of their lines; the writers considered bringing back Charles Malik Whitfield for a recurring role, with his character, FBI Agent Victor Henriksen, continues his hunt for the brothers throughout the season. Whitfield stated his willingness to relocate to Vancouver, but the writers went a different direction; because the threat of being captured by Henriksen looms over the Winchesters all season, the writers wanted to bring the plotline to a close in "Jus in Bello". Kripke suggested that Gamble develop and deepen his character, "give him a great send off, kill him...or at least...mostly kill him".
With the character last seen being confronted by the demon Lilith, Gamble noted that Agent Henriksen's fate was left ambiguous, that she herself was uncertain. Appearances of other characters did not work out as planned. Sterling K. Brown made his final appearance as the vampire hunter Gordon Walker in "Fresh Blood" after a brief role in "Bad Day at Black Rock"; the character's story arc for the season was intended to be longer, but Brown's commitments to the Lifetime Television series Army Wives limited his return to two episodes. Filming for the movie Watchmen prevented Jeffrey Dean Morgan from returning in a dream sequence as John Winchester in "Dream a Little Dream of Me", but the actor was able to provide his voice for the episode "Long Distance Call"; the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike forced the writers to scrap an episode featuring the return of Samantha Ferris as Ellen Harvelle in the middle of the season, failed negotiations prevented an appearance in the finale. Some casting choices were influenced by affiliations with crew.
Sandra McCoy, who played a host to the Crossroads Demon in "Bedtimes Stories", began dating Padalecki after working with him on the 2005 film Cry Wolf. Before her appearance on the series she had auditioned for the roles of Jessica Moore, Sam's girlfriend in the pilot episode.
Mirror Image (The Twilight Zone)
"Mirror Image" is episode 21 of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It aired on February 26, 1960 on CBS. Millicent Barnes waits in a bus depot in Marathon, New York, for a bus to Cortland, en route to a new job. Looking at a wall clock she notices, she asks the ticket agent when the bus will arrive, he gruffly complains that this is her third time asking. Millicent denies this. While speaking with the ticket agent, she notices a bag just like hers in the luggage pile behind her, she mentions this to the ticket agent. She does not believe this, she washes her hands in the restroom and the cleaning lady there insists this is her second time there. Again, Millicent denies this. Upon leaving the restroom, she glances in the mirror and sees, in addition to her reflection, an exact copy of herself sitting on the bench outside, she meets a young man from Binghamton named Paul Grinstead, waiting for the same bus. Millicent tells Paul about encountering her double. Paul, attempting to calm Millicent, says it is either a joke or a misunderstanding caused by a look-alike.
When the bus arrives and the two of them prepare to board, Millicent looks in the window and sees the copy of herself seated on the bus. In shock, she faints. Millicent lies unconscious on a bench inside the depot while Paul and the cleaning lady attend to her. Paul agrees to wait for the 7:00 bus. While they wait, now coming to, insists the strange events are caused by an evil double from a parallel world - a nearby, yet distant alternative plane of existence that comes into convergence with this world by powerful forces, or unnatural, unknown events; when this happens, the impostors enter this realm. Millicent's doppelgänger can survive in this world only by replacing her. Paul says the explanation is "a little metaphysical" for him, believes that Millicent's sanity is beginning to unravel. Paul tells Millicent he will call a friend in Tully who has a car and may be able to drive them to Syracuse. Instead, he calls the police. After Millicent is taken away by two policemen, Paul begins to settle himself.
After drinking from a water fountain, Paul notices. Looking up towards the doors, Paul notices another man running out the door of the bus depot. Pursuing this individual down the street, Paul discovers that he is chasing his own copy, whose face shows excited delight, his copy disappears as Paul calls out "Where are you?" while looking around in confusion and shock. Vera Miles as Millicent Barnes Martin Milner as Paul Grinstead Joe Hamilton as Ticket agent Naomi Stevens as Washroom Attendant In a short film pitching the Twilight Zone series to a Dutch television station, creator Rod Serling claimed to have gotten the idea for "Mirror Image" following an encounter at an airport. Serling noticed a man at the other side of the terminal who wore the same clothes and carried the same suitcase as himself. However, the man turned out to be younger and "more attractive"; this is one of several episodes from season one with its opening title sequence plastered over with the opening for season two. This was done during the Summer of 1961 as to help the season one shows fit in with the new look the show had taken during the following season.
This episode inspired Jordan Peele's 2019 film Us. DeVoe, Bill.. Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0 Grams, Martin.. The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0 "Mirror Image" on IMDb
Television in the United States
Television is one of the major mass media of the United States. As of 2011, household ownership of television sets in the country is 96.7%, with 114,200,000 American households owning at least one television set as of August 2013. The majority of households have more than one set; the peak ownership percentage of households with at least one television set occurred during the 1996–97 season, with 98.4% ownership. As a whole, the television networks that broadcast in the United States are the largest and most distributed in the world, programs produced for U. S.-based networks are the most syndicated internationally. Due to a recent surge in the number and popularity of critically acclaimed television series during the 2000s and the 2010s to date, many critics have said that American television is undergoing a modern golden age. In the United States, television is available via broadcast – the earliest method of receiving television programming, which requires an antenna and an equipped internal or external tuner capable of picking up channels that transmit on the two principal broadcast bands high frequency and ultra high frequency, in order to receive the signal – and four conventional types of multichannel subscription television: cable, unencrypted satellite, direct-broadcast satellite television and IPTV.
There are competing video services on the World Wide Web, which have become an popular mode of television viewing since the late 2000s with younger audiences as an alternative or a supplement to the aforementioned traditional forms of viewing television content. Individual broadcast television stations in the U. S. transmit on either VHF channels 2 through 13 or UHF channels 14 through 51. During the era of analog television, broadcast stations transmitted on a single universal channel; the UHF band spanned from channels 14 to 83, though the Federal Communications Commission has twice rescinded the high-end portions of the band from television broadcasting use for emergency and other telecommunications purposes in 1983 and 2009. As in other countries, television stations require a license to broadcast and must comply with certain requirements in order to retain it. Free-to-air and subscription television networks, are not required to file for a license to operate. Over-the-air and free-to-air television do not necessitate any monthly payments, while cable, direct broadcast satellite, IPTV and virtual MVPD services require monthly payments that vary depending on the number of channels that a subscriber chooses to pay for in a particular package.
Channels are sold in groups, rather than singularly. Most conventional subscription television services offer a limited basic tier, a minimum base package that includes only broadcast stations within the television market where the service is located, public and government access cable channels. Elevated programming tiers start with an expanded basic package, offering a selection of subscription channels intended for wide distribution. A la carte subscription services in the U. S. are limited to pay television channels that are offered as add-ons to any programming package that a customer of a multichannel video programming distributor can subscribe to for an additional monthly fee. The United States has a "decentralized", market-oriented television system in regard to broadcast television; the nation has a national publi
Death, due to its prominent place in human culture, is imagined as a personified force known as the Grim Reaper. In some mythologies, the Grim Reaper causes the victim's death by coming to collect that person. In turn, people in some stories try to hold on to life by avoiding Death's visit, or by fending Death off with bribery or tricks. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving to sever the last ties between the soul and the body, to guide the deceased to the afterlife, without having any control over when or how the victim dies. Death is most personified in male form, although in certain cultures Death is perceived as female. Mot was personified to Canaanites as a god of death, he was considered a son of the king of El. His contest with the storm god Baʿal forms part of the myth cycle discovered in the 1920s in the ruins of Ugarit. Lacunae obscure some of the details, but Mot consumes Baʿal before being split open and mutilated by that god's sister, the warrior'Anat.
After a time, both gods are restored and resume battle before the sun goddess Shapash prompts a truce by warning Mot that, if forced to, El would intervene on Baʿal's behalf. The Phoenicians worshipped death under the name Mot and a version of Mot became Maweth, the devil or angel of death in Judaism. In Ancient Greek religion and Greek mythology, death is one of the children of Nyx. Like her, he is portrayed directly, he sometimes appears in art as a bearded and winged man, less as a winged and beardless youth. He has a twin, the god of sleep. Together and Hypnos represent a gentle death. Thanatos, led by Hermes psychopompos, takes the shade of the deceased to the near shore of the river Styx, whence the boatman Charon, on payment of a small fee, conveys the shade to Hades, the realm of the dead. Homer's Iliad 16.681, the Euphronios Krater's depiction of the same episode, have Apollo instruct the removal of the heroic, semi-divine Sarpedon's body from the battlefield by Hypnos and Thanatos, conveyed thence to his homeland for proper funeral rites.
Among the other children of Nyx are Thanatos' sisters, the Keres, blood-drinking, vengeant spirits of violent or untimely death, portrayed as fanged and taloned, with bloody garments. Breton folklore shows the Ankou; the Ankou is the spirit of the last person that died within the community and appears as a tall, haggard figure with a wide hat and long white hair or a skeleton with a revolving head who sees everyone, everywhere. The Ankou drives a deathly cart with a creaking axle; the cart or wagon is piled high with corpses and a stop at a cabin means instant death for those inside. In Ireland there was a creature known as a dullahan, whose head would be tucked under his or her arm, the head was said to have large eyes and a smile that could reach the head's ears; the dullahan would ride a black horse or a carriage pulled by black horses, stop at the house of someone about to die, call their name, the person would die. The dullahan did not like being watched, it was believed that if a dullahan knew someone was watching them, they would lash that person's eyes with their whip, made from a spine.
In Ireland there is a female spirit known as Banshee, who heralds the death of a person by shrieking or keening. The banshee is described in Gaelic lore as wearing red or green with long, disheveled hair, she can appear in a variety of forms. Most she is seen as an ugly, frightful hag, but she can appear as young and beautiful if she chooses. In Ireland and parts of Scotland, a traditional part of mourning is the keening woman, who wails a lament – in Irish: Caoineadh, caoin meaning "to weep, to wail"; when several banshees appear at once, it indicates the death of someone holy. The tales sometimes recounted that the woman, though called a fairy, was a ghost of a specific murdered woman, or a mother who died in childbirth. In Scottish folklore there was a belief that a black, dark green or white dog known as a Cù Sìth took dying souls to the afterlife. In Welsh Folklore Gwyn ap Nudd is the escort of the grave, the personification of Death and Winter who leads the wild hunt to collect wayward souls and escort them to the Otherworld, sometimes it is Melwas, Arawn or Afallach in a similar position.
La Calavera Catrina is a character in Mexican art that symbolizes death. She is an icon of the Mexican Day of the Dead, a holiday that focuses on the remembrance of the dead. Our Lady of the Holy Death is a female deity or folk saint of Mexican folk religion, whose faith has been spreading in Mexico and the United States. In Spanish the word "muerte" is a female noun, so it is common in Spanish-speaking countries for death to be personified as female figures; this happens in other Romanic languages like French, Portuguese and Romanian. Since the pre-Columbian era Mexican culture has maintained a certain reverence towards death, which can be seen in the widespread commemoration of the Day of the Dead. Elements of that celebration include the use of skeletons to remind people of their mortality; the cult of Santa Muerte is indeed a continuation of the Aztec cult of the goddess of death Mictecacihuatl clad