This is yet another of my favourites, because the story not only perfectly deals with the fears and worries of the world at the time it was produced, it also fits into any time in human history and thus is always going to be current. And then there is the twist, the wonderfully executed final thirty seconds of the episode that pulls it all together to make it a classic.
The story is excellent. Friends who work at the same factory have banded together. The increasing threat of a planet-wide war is looming ever closer, and it is their belief that it will be all consuming. As a result they have decided to escape, to leave and find another planet that they can inhabit. Of course, their plans could be thwarted by those who would try them for ‘treason’ if they attempt to leave. And so the individual scenes are played out in tension, the one in the lounge playing cards is especially terrific.
Once again, it is episodes like this that make the Twilight Zone what it is. It is topical, enthralling, and not completely predictable, with a twist at the end that makes you go… “Wow!”
Rating: Resistance is futile! 5/5