There may be proof that folks have been within the city just lately, however they’ve all inexplicably vanished. Holliman additionally feels as if he is being watched. At this level of the episode, you work you are securely within the realm of science fiction or, maybe, the supernatural. That is when Serling pulls a sucker punch that was extra realistically prescient than anybody might’ve imagined on the time.
When Holliman frantically presses a crosswalk button, he discovers he has certainly been underneath remark — in a sensory deprivation chamber. He is an astronaut who’s been remoted from the surface world for 20 days as a way of simulating his capability to resist a solo mission to the moon. Once more, this episode aired in 1959, which was two years previous to Alan Shepard first Mercury flight. Most amazingly, it was 10 years faraway from the Apollo moon touchdown. And in case you suppose Serling made a fortunate prediction, you might be, after all, extremely mistaken.