The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone (1959)

14 corrected entries

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Third From the Sun - S1-E14

Corrected entry: The scientists, having carefully charted their course to Earth, state that it is an 11 million mile trip from their planet. Not likely. Mars is our nearest planetary neighbor, and it's over 34 million miles away at its closest orbital approach. There are no planets any nearer to Earth than Mars. This is one of the very few cases where Rod Serling simply failed to do his astronomy homework. (00:12:30)

Jean G

Correction: The whole point is that a planet used to be 11 million miles away. They blew themselves up, planet and all.

Time Enough at Last - S1-E8

Corrected entry: Right after Bemis's glasses break, he leans down to pick them up. Instead, he first opens the book. When he does that, you can see that the pages are completely blank and that there is absolutely nothing printed on them.

mirtom

Correction: There are many words printed on the pages of the book he opens after his glasses break.

Scott215

The Lonely - S1-E7

Corrected entry: In the beginning, we see the rocket that came to bring the main character supplies carried 3 men and the crate containing the robot woman, meaning it can hold at least 4 people and perhaps more. However, at the end of the episode, the main character is told that the rocket only has enough room for him and the pilot, so he must leave his robot wife behind. Why wouldn't they return in the same rocket from before, and if this is a smaller rocket, why would they have chosen to bring this one when the main character possibly could have had a lot of stuff he wanted to bring home. We see he could have car parts shipped to him and was able to build a car, so these rockets must be able to carry a significant amount of weight. It's almost as if the pilot wanted him to have an ultimatum.

Correction: It is stated by the captain that they have to pick other convicts which means there will be more then four people present. Plus, there are captain and two crew members in the first place.

What You Need - S1-E12

Corrected entry: Though Pedott the street peddler sells his trinkets to several people in the bar, no one ever gives (or even offers) him any money. (00:07:00)

Jean G

Correction: In the first bar scene and several other scenes, we see that Pedott is purposely giving his trinkets away, explicitly saying that there's "no charge tonight". It's easily understood that he's not charging for the goods he provides as they're "what they need".

The Passersby - S3-E4

Corrected entry: Lincoln refers to himself as "the last casualty of the Civil War." Although he used the phrase "a great civil war" in the Gettysburg Address, that name for the conflict wasn't generally applied to it until much later. In 1865, Lincoln would have called it "The War Between the States." (00:23:30)

Jean G

Correction: There is no basis for this statement. Many prominent men used the term "Civil War" in Lincoln's time. And Lincoln used the term himself on many occasions, not just in the Gettysburg Address (for example, when addressing the Senate about the War in '62). Not to mention, the term "civil war" for a war among its citizens has been around since the 15th century (which men like Lincoln would have known).

I Shot an Arrow into the Air - S1-E15

Corrected entry: When Corey takes his last drink of water before he finds the telephone poles over the hill, you can see plants growing out of the rocks right behind him. Since he is supposed to be on an "asteroid" no plant life should exist, but then again since an asteroid contains no atmosphere, meaning no oxygen, they shouldn't be alive in the first place.

jbrbbt

Correction: This is not mistake even by far. Of course they can live and of course there are plants on this asteroid - it is not an asteroid, but a planet we all know very well called Earth. On Earth there are air and plants everywhere.

Mr. Garrity and the Graves - S5-E32

Corrected entry: Garrity is a con artist with an accomplice who pretends to be a resurrected dead man. Yet the accomplice somehow achieves the unachievable by vanishing, via fade-out special effect, in front of several townspeople. Since he's a fraud, he couldn't possibly do this.

Jean G

Correction: At the end of the episode, we learn that Garrity is not a fraud and can really bring back the dead. Therefore, if he can do that, we can safely assume he can also make his partner disappear.

The Lonely - S1-E7

Corrected entry: If the rocket ship has so little room on board for everyone, including the robot and all the supplies, then why not just come back to get Corey and the robot on the next scheduled pickup? Since the ship wouldn't be full of other people and supplies they both could easily have gone back together the next time.

Correction: Earlier in the episode, it is explained that they have to leave the asteroid at a precise time, otherwise they might end up stuck on it for much longer. Therefore, they probably can't come and go whenever they want.

The Arrival - S3-E2

Corrected entry: Sheckly is revealed, at the end, to have hallucinated the plane and the entire investigation. How did his hallucination correctly presage the names and faces of the real airline employees, Malloy and Bengston, neither of whom he'd ever met? The Twilight Zone it may be, but unbelievably, Sheckly doesn't even seem surprised at this impossible occurrence. (00:20:00)

Jean G

Correction: The final scene of the episode shows all the various investigators in an office. It is revealed that Sheckly has been hallucinating the entire investigation of (and this is very important) a plane that had disappeared 19 years ago! Sheckly was accurately able to recreate the plane, situation, and persons involved because they make it very clear that they had all worked with him on the investigation (of the plane he's hallucinating about) but that that occurred "some 17 or 18 years ago..." He isn't hallucinating the people, but subconsciously remembering them. Since it has been almost 20 years since they'd all been together, Malloy doesn't remember who Sheckly is and is reminded by the other investigator. It is never insinuated that Sheckly is a stranger.

The Midnight Sun - S3-E10

Corrected entry: Because Earth is moving closer to the sun, Serling says here that there is no longer night anywhere on the planet. For this to occur, Earth would have to stop rotating and/or be close enough to the sun to be engulfed in its corona, both cataclysmic events that would annihilate all life on the planet. (00:21:00)

Jean G

Correction: SPOILER ALERT: The events described were merely a fever induced dream of Norma's and thus never actually occurred, therefore, there is no mistake. The Earth was moving away from the sun the whole time.

Bishop73

Mr. Denton on Doomsday - S1-E3

Corrected entry: TV antennas can be spotted in the distance in several shots. They didn't exist at the time of the Wild West.

mirtom

Correction: There are no TV antennas to be seen in any shot. While there may be metal structures in some background shots, none resemble TV antennas.

Judgment Night - S1-E10

Corrected entry: Lanser's cap says that he is Capitan Leutenant of Kriegsmarine. In German Captain is spelled Kapitan.

mirtom

Correction: The cap correctly reads Kapitan with K.

The Purple Testament - S1-E19

Corrected entry: This episode holds the absolute record in TZ for having the most actors who also appeared in other episodes. Barney Philips (Gunther) appeared in "Miniature," "A Thing About Machines" and most notably as a Venusian diner counterman in "Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?" and is one of only two actors who appeared in four episodes (the other being Burgess Meredith). Dick York (Riker) had a memorable role in "Penny For Your Thoughts," while Warren Oates (Jeep Driver) appeared in "The 7th Is Made Up Of Phantoms." Despite being the main star in this episode, William Reynolds (Fitzgerald) never appeared in any other TZ episode.

mirtom

Correction: 1. Regarding the supposed record, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? " has five actors who appeared in other episodes: John Hoyt, Barney Phillips, Bill Erwin, Morgan Jones, Bill Kendis. Even that might not be the record, but I don't have time to go through the whole series right now. 2. Jack Klugman and John Anderson appeared in four episodes each, one of them together ("A Passage for Trumpet"). Vaughn Taylor appeared in five. These are all prominent appearances; Jay Overholts was credited for six smaller roles.

The Purple Testament - S1-E19

Corrected entry: If you look carefully,when Fitzgerald and Riker are talking in hospital hallway right after their comrade has died, you can see it is the same stage, with some differences, which was used for Barbara Jean Trenton's house in the episode "Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine." Note staircase and garden door.

mirtom

Correction: This trivia, not a mistake. Sets and locations are resused all the time in films - the "Hill Valley" set in the Back To The Future films appears in dozens of other films, notably Gremlins.

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