nightmare at 20,000 feet


Twilight Zone episode 123:  Nightmare at 20,000 feet

Will hated airplanes.

He walked onto the plane and sat down, feeling sweat dripping down his face even though they hadn’t yet taken off. Closing his eyes he took a deep breath, letting out all the air at once just before a voice asked, “Are you all right, sir?”

Will opened his eyes, blushing as he said, “I’m fine,” putting on his belt and waiting with his hands clawing at the armrest just as they took off into the air.

He was surprised by no one sitting near him, grateful that he didn’t have to justify his fear with a stranger for the next few hours though the flight attendants giving him looks of pity were enough.

They were flying for over an hour when Will saw movement on the wing. He turned, looking out the window in surprised when he sees a man standing on the furthest point of the wing, wiping off his suit and walking towards him.

Will almost screams, hands over his mouth as he turns to look at the attendants walking around. No one else seemed to notice, Will staring back out the window with growing horror as the man got closer.

He hurriedly pressed the button above his head, nearly jumping out of his skin as the attendant appeared, smiling at him with pity, “Yes, sir, can I help you?”

Will wiped his face, biting his lip as he looked back at the window and then at the woman in front of him. “There’s someone outside.”

The attendant smiled, looking like she wanted to laugh. “Sir, I think you’re just seeing things. There is no one outside. We are 20,000 feet in the air.”

Will shook his head. “No! I saw him! He’s wearing a suit and he’s coming closer! He’s…!”

She grabbed his arm, “Sir, calm yourself. Your fears are getting the best of you. Please, just calm down. There is no one there.”

Will took his hand back and turned, staring out the window.

There was nothing there.

He sighed, relaxing all the once. “Maybe you’re right, I…I could’ve sworn I saw someone.”

The attendant patted his hand and said softly, “I will get you something to drink. Scotch?”

He nodded once and she left, Will closing his eyes as he relaxed.

She returned a moment later and handed him the drink, Will downing it all at once before attempting to close his eyes.

The tapping on the window was what woke him, Will immediately tensing as he opened one eye and nearly screamed.

The man was staring at him from the outside, his smile curious and when he waved Will moaned, hands over his face just as he disappeared as quickly as he’d come.

Will screamed out, “HE’S OUTSIDE! I SEE HIM!”

Two attendants appeared as Will shot up, pointing out his window and they strapped him down, just as the captain’s voice said, “Due to a disturbance, we are going to have to land sooner. I apologize for the inconvenience.”

Will moaned as they strapped him down, “No, he’s there! I saw him! I did!”

The attendants all glared, just as a new voice said, “I can help sedate him, I am a doctor.”

Will could barely see for the sweat and tears in his eyes, but he knew that face anywhere.

“No, no, no! It’s him! He was outside! He’s…!”

The man sat down beside him, looking impeccable for someone who had been outside just moments before. He touched Will’s hand and was ice cold, making Will moan just as he took out a needle to sedate him. “I am a doctor, sir, I am only here to help.”

“I saw you,” Will moaned, his yelling softening, “I saw you.”

The man smiled, touching his face. “Yes, Will, you did, as you were meant to. I have been looking for you, for so very long.”

Will’s eyes were closing as he mumbled, “Who are you?”

“I am the keeper of your heart, mylimasis, and I am here to collect.”

Will felt himself drifting as the hand on his intertwined their fingers together, “I don’t…”

He shivered when the stranger touched his face. “My name is Hannibal, and I am going to take such good care of you.”

Halloween Livestream! 🎃🍂🕸🌙👻

Okay y’all, here’s the deal—with clown sightings popping up literally everywhere and the general complete lack of safety/personal wellbeing that’s been happening all month this year, the last thing I want is to go out on Halloween….even with friends. I’m certain that other people here are having similar thoughts, at least from the ones I’ve spoken to on this. Therefore, I propose we spend this October 31st having a sp00ky scary HALLOWEEN LIVESTREAM! 

I asked my followers awhile back if they would enjoy a Twilight Zone marathon with all the episodes William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appear in, and the response was overwhelmingly positive, and I think that Halloween would be the perfect time to do this.

Come join me on 10/31 starting at 5 pm (PST) for a stream of the following Twilight Zone episodes (20 minutes each): 

  • Nick of Time (starring William Shatner)
  • A Quality of Mercy (featuring Leonard Nimoy)
  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (starring William Shatner) — note: this one is extra fun to watch when you realize that Captain Kirk has a fear of flying

Additionally, we will be streaming some Halloween-related Star Trek episodes afterward (45-50 minutes each):

  • Catspaw (TOS)
  • Mirror Mirror (TOS)
  • Schisms (and/or Sub Rosa) (TNG) — can also be substituted with Elementary Dear Data, Frame of Mind, Night Terrors, or various other “spooky” episodes depending on popular vote 
  • And finally, if we have time, The Best of Both Worlds Parts 1 & 2 (TNG) because really, what’s spookier than The Borg?

Also, the last time I organized a large livestream, the room overfilled within 10 minutes of starting. So this time, I would like to ask people to volunteer their room as an “overflow room” that we will coordinate together to set up a stream parallel to this one. All you have to do to volunteer is have a account and a Netflix login so you can stream these episodes. It would be much appreciated. 

Even if you’re unable to make it, please signal boost this post to get the word out! 

Happy Halloween and LLAP! 🖖🎃👻