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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
The Twilight Zone
The episode "The Invaders" features the final, fatal voyage of United Planets Cruiser C-57D
It's the same model; I just thought this sounded good. After the adventure on Altair IV, the ship is destroyed by a giant raging old woman in a barn.
Rod Serling is the boy from 'It's a Good Life'.
As an adult, he decided to use his abilities to travel time/ space/ reality/ whatever, and torture and madden those he happens upon for his own amusement. He then narrates as he watches his awful work.
  • On the other hand, he can be nice when he feels someone needs happiness, or he simply gets tired of being evil sometimes.
Henry Corwin was always the real Santa Claus.
Until the end of 'Night Of The Meek' he had lost his way in the modern world and forgot his true identity.
"Queen of the Nile" is one of T'Pau's nightmares.
Her refusal to warn Kirk what the Kal-i-fee actually entailed wore on her more than she demonstrated. Then, one day, during a fever or in another situation that might induce hallucinations, she began to dream the scenario all over again — herself as an old woman, watching a young man walk into a deathtrap completely unaware. After a while, her conscience manifested with her dream avatar trying to warn the victim, but because of her guilt, the dream would never let her succeed.
Global 33 didn't really travel through time.
The plane traveled into alternate universes: one where the large dinosaurs never died out, and another where history progressed identically to our own, but everything happened a few years later chronologically. That's why Manhattan Island and the Hudson River were recognizable to the pilots when they caught sight of the sauropod, even though the geography would have been completely different in our own Mesozoic Era.
  • Science Marches On: Continental drift was still not fully accepted by the scientific community in the early 1960's. In its current form it was a relatively new theory, and writers educated in the 1940's and 1950's would not necessarily have been familiar with it.
Rod Serling is the Wandering Jew
He is cursed to wander through space and time until the return of Christ, observing the missteps of others and rendering judgement on them—sometimes favorably, sometimes not so much. The fact that Serling himself was Jewish is incidental to this.
The Twilight Zone is very real.
  • It is not another universe, or some identical planet on the mirror-side of ours. It is not a state of mind. The Twilight Zone is a communal system that facilitates art, commerce, romance, politics... Anything that people are capable of in the "regular world". It is a system not designed by sinister or benevolent alien intelligences, but by the very people who fall into it. It is beyond a door unlocked by the key of imagination. A dimension of sight and of sound and of mind. A world of shadow and substance, of things and ideas. A world where the bizarre is commonplace and horrors are vaunted, where hubris can be punished by the whim of technology and a king can be brought low by the condemnation of strangers in an instant. You may recognize this system, this dimension, as The Internet. But a few with the perspective to recognize the signs understand that "logging on" is tantamount to entering... The Twilight Zone.

    • And the Mandatory Twist Ending: The reason that so many people now spend almost all their time online is that we have, in our folly, created and mass-adopted a Lotus-Eater Machine. That you're in the clutches of right now. Go ahead. Tell yourself you can get out. Shut down the device you're reading this on and tuck it away for a day or two... if you can.

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