Did You Know “Planet of the Apes” is Based off The Twilight Zone?

TVOvermind | 5/7/2018 | Nat Berman
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Most of us know that Rod Serling co-wrote “Planet of the Apes’” original screenplay back in 1968. That happened excatly four years after the last episode of “The Twilight Zone” was aired. While most people have pointed out stylistics similarities between the TV series and the film, we are going to go deeper and show that the feature film got its inspiration from exactly six episodes.

Taylor is among three astronauts who are wondering in the desert, thinking that they landed in an alien planet that is desolate and devoid of life. After a while, two of the astronauts die, leaving Taylor as the only survivor, who then learns something that leaves him heartbroken even further. He sees the Statue of Liberty and realizes that all this time, they never actually left planet Earth. Moreover, the human race devolved into a primitive race that doesn’t recognize its former glory.

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In “I Shot an Arrow Into the Air,” three astronauts find themselves stranded in a desert, believing they landed on some sort of asteroid. With time, distrust sets in, they turn on each other, and only one of the three survives. As wonders aimlessly, he stumbles on telephone poles and a road sign in Reno Nevada; then tears role down his eyes as he realizes that they never left the planet at all.

The Taylor and his fellow crewmembers are taking a long voyage that will last for centuries. To survive the long journey, they make use of hyper-sleep pods that will allow them to slow down their metabolism and preserve them for years till they reach their destination. Unfortunately not all of them manage to survive the long voyage. Two of the astronauts wake up to find one of the members, who also happens to be the only female died a long time...
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