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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Suspense Sundays (125) Re-entry

Posted by Charlene // Tags: ,
Suspense was a radio series from 1942 to 1962.  I have a fondness for "Old Time Radio" as we call it now, and Suspense is my favorite show.  It sets up weird, dark, scary, or intriguing stories with a plot twist in the end, and all in half an hour.  For Suspense Sundays I'll give a short review of an episode.

"Re-entry"
Air date: November 1, 1959
Starring Lyle Sudrow
>>Episodes here<<

Howard is going to go on an exploratory rocket trip into the upper atmosphere to test the technology.  His trip is just to go up and back and his wife is a little bit nervous for him.  Howard is nervous too, but when he gets up there and sees the beauty of the blackness of space, and the euphoria of weightlessness he is overcome.  He doesn't want to return, but stay in this new world.  The people communicating with him on land order him to return.

This episode begins with some musings on whether man will be able to go up into the stars, so that reminder that it hasn't happened yet for the people who listened to this episode when it aired, was jolting.  And such a great feeling to know that it has happened and it's all possible.  The story is a fanciful imagining of how people would feel up there, which I couldn't sympathize with at all since Howard wants to stay up there despite the fact he doesn't belong.  Although it seems to mirror that state of euphoria I've heard can come with deep sea diving.  The ending is pretty surprising though, and a little open-ended which made space travel a little unappealing.

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