Nightmare at 20,000 Feet & Nightmare at 30,000 Feet:

A Twilight Zone Comparison

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Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Nightmare at 30,000 Feet

Plot Summary

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Conflict

Revelation

Message

Having people think you are crazy is almost worse than actually being crazy. We all work to construct one, widely accepted world to inhabit, and it's terrifying to step outside it—even if you're right.

1. In what ways has this episode payed homage to Rod Serling’s classic series? List the visual, character, and/or narrative references? For example, a toy-sized version of the gremlin can be seen washing up on shore after the plane crashes that is identical to the gremlin in the original William Shatner version. List three or more of these references and explain how they pay homage to the original Twilight Zone episode.

2. One of the things that the best episodes of The Twilight Zone have always done is take a seemingly everyday thing and make it terrifying, how is this apparent in "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet"? In the space below write a short response using two or more direct examples from the episode to support your claim.

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