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* HiddenHarasser: Bob Wilson can see a gremlin trying to sabotage the plane he's travelling in from his window seat, but it hides whenever anyone else looks. At the end, he ends up being dragged off to a mental asylum, but it's implied that the damage to the plane might vindicate him.

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* WhamShot: The original episode ends with Bob being taken back to the sanitarium, but the camera pans down to the plane's wing to reveal one of its engines is badly damaged.


* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the short story, the stewardess is not given a name. In the television adaptation, her name is Betty Crosby:

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* NamedByTheAdaptation: In the short story, the stewardess is not given a name. In the television adaptation, her name is Betty Crosby:Crosby.


* UnderageCasting: The thirty-seven-year-old Robert Wilson is played by 32-year-old William Shatner.

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* UnderageCasting: The thirty-seven-year-old Robert Wilson is played by 32-year-old William Shatner.

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* BigBad: The gremlin.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer... though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer -- for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone.


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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer... though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer -- for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone.



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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer... though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer -- for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone.


** In the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson, Wilson is extremely apprehensive about flying but no specific reason is given as to why. In the television adaptation, he suffered a nervous breakdown on a plane six months earlier.

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** In the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson, Wilson is extremely apprehensive about flying but no specific reason is given as to why. In the television adaptation, he suffered a nervous breakdown on a plane six months earlier. He also derives the gremlin's name from something "...they called them during the war," and with Wilson's age stated as 37 in 1963 (the year of the episode), he's potentially old enough to have been in either WWII or the Korean War.


* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: In the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson, Wilson is extremely apprehensive about flying but no specific reason is given as to why. In the television adaptation, he suffered a nervous breakdown on a plane six months earlier.
* AdaptationNameChange: His name was ''Arthur'' Wilson in the short story.

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* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: AdaptationalBackstoryChange:
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In the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson, Wilson is extremely apprehensive about flying but no specific reason is given as to why. In the television adaptation, he suffered a nervous breakdown on a plane six months earlier.
** In the ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' adaptation, John Valentine suffers from a fear of flying.
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His name was ''Arthur'' Wilson in the short story.story.
** In ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'', the protagonist's name is John Valentine.

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* CigaretteOfAnxiety: As soon as he takes his seat, Bob starts to light up a cigarette to calm his nerves. However, Julia reminds him that he can't smoke until the plane has taken off.


* CanonForeigner: Julia does not appear in the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson.

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* CanonForeigner: Julia does not appear in the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson.story.

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* AdaptationalBackstoryChange: In the short story by Creator/RichardMatheson, Wilson is extremely apprehensive about flying but no specific reason is given as to why. In the television adaptation, he suffered a nervous breakdown on a plane six months earlier.


* NotSoImaginaryFriend. In this case, a Not-So-Imaginary Enemy. In the final scene, it is revealed that the gremlin was real all along as it can be seen at one of the plane's engines has been badly damaged.

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend. In this case, a Not-So-Imaginary Enemy. In the final scene, it is revealed that the gremlin was real all along as it can be seen at that one of the plane's engines has been badly damaged.

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