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Title

The Time Fold

Plot

In this bizarre science-fiction tale, an ill-fated plane gets trapped in a space-time variance in 1979 and ends up with all its passengers in a space station a thousand years after.

Episode

0799

Air Dates

  • First Run - March 16, 1978
  • Repeat - August 15, 1978

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Rating

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3 Responses to Episode 0799

Good Sci-Fi story. Time warp drama with human emotions built in.

lvneal

On a flight to New York, a twin-engine corporate jet hits such strong clear-air turbulence that it is tossed into space. Weightless inside the plane, the passengers and crew face death within 24 hours. But they are saved by people on Goodspeed One, a space station orbiting the moon 1,000 years in the future. Their civilization is a near utopia. The jet’s crew wants to settle there, but its owner demands to be taken back to New York so he can attend a very important business meeting.

Adam

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. There’s a lot of great Sci-Fi episodes on CBSRMT. But a Sci-Fi mystery with a dose of Romance into the mix, it’s rare, yet phenomenal to enjoy. This particular story, written by Ian Martin, would be qualified as a TWILIGHT ZONE episode. 4 people in a jet plane stuck in turbulence, saved in the nick of time by a space station from 2978 A.D. where it’s close to a Utopian lifestyle, decide to return to their own time period, and things worked out in the end. Not only the space station, Goodspeed One, built a Utopian life, but 2 our characters build a Utopian life for themselves at the very end. Another way to title this episode, would be “Give It Some Time” or “Out Of This World” or “Utopia From Within.” In the Host's Prologue, E.G. Marshall’s topic was on C.A.T. (Clear Air Turbulence). In ACT-1, meet our 4 main characters on the jet plane called “The Barracuda.” After going through the turbulence, our Host points out that this is what the jet pilot dreads. In ACT-2, a voice from space helps them. In ACT-3, imagine the idea of being suspended in outer space and being far away from your time period. In the end, it worked out for the remaining characters that came home alive. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall give us an optimistic idea that colonies and space stations will be made far into the future. We’ll never get to see it, but hoping for a better future will be grand. Sound effects the jet plane soaring, ice cubes, drinks clinking, high turbulence, briefcase hitting the head, thunderous boom, oxygen blowing in the jet, seat buckles, frequency static, jet engines activating, and jet tires screech were helpful. The music was the grandest. 3 kinds of tunes were used: Dramatic, Atmospheric, and Romantic. The final track was the sweetest and passionate tune to play. Not often do we hear that in Sci-Fi stories, but perfect for this ending. And the cast was delightful: Paul Hecht (as Chad Stevens), Ian Martin (as Jake Slade and Major Alexander), Evie Juster (as Meg Chatham and Alice Stevens), and Fred Gwynne (as Jay Bruce Proctor and Flight Service Station Operator). These 4 have done great works before on CBSRMT, but performing together in 1 Sci-Fi episode was a perfect set. Fans of the TWILIGHT ZONE would enjoy this one. Plus, it has commercials of the Buick Electra, Pat Summerall for True Value Hardware, and Sine-Off medicine. Until next time…pleasant dreams.

Russell


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