Everything in Planet of the Apes (1968) Came from These 6 Twilight Zone Episodes

You can’t produce a series of thought provoking television shows without recycling a few ideas here and there.

Planet of the Apes

It’s no secret that Rod Serling co-wrote the screenplay to the original Planet of the Apes in 1968. That was four years after his signature TV series, The Twilight Zone, had left the air.

I’ve heard people talk about the social commentary, twist ending, and other general similarities between Serling’s TV series and this feature film. But I’d like to get into the details and show how six episodes of The Twilight Zone seem to have directly inspired just about every aspect of Planet of the Apes.

Let’s get right to it!

The Rip Van Winkle Caper

A decomposing corpse is all that’s left of one of Taylor’s crew members after her hypersleep chamber cracks.Taylor and his shipmates are on a centuries-long interstellar journey, and they use hypersleep pods to survive long enough to reach their destination. When Taylor and the other two astronauts awaken from hypersleep, they quickly discover that the sole female member of their crew is dead and her body has been rotting for ages.

The skeletal remains in The Rip Van Winkle Caper are a lot like those in Planet of the Apes.This resembles “The Rip Van Winkle Caper” where four thieves put themselves into suspended-animation chambers for 100 years after pulling off a big gold heist. When they wake up they aren’t sure if any time has really gone by until they see that one of their companions’ chamber was breached and all that’s left of him are his skeletal remains.

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What Color is the Universe?

When you stare up at the night sky, you might think that the universe is really black, but that’s just because our eyes aren’t sensitive enough to see the billions and billions of multicolored stars out there. Ever wonder why certain stars are certain colors? And what color is our sun, really? If we looked at enough stars, could we figure out the average color of the universe?


David Fincher’s Misdirections: The Movies Inside His Movies

Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan explore some of the hidden alternative films inside David Fincher’s filmography.


Inside every David Fincher work, there are dozens of little dalliances — illicit affairs, taking place just out of plain sight. The elevator pitches are tight — aging backward, founding Facebook, Zodiac killer, Swedish banking crime, seven deadly sins, don’t talk about Fight Club — and most of them will leave you wanting to jump right back down that elevator shaft. But look closely, and you will find the wonderful movements that make up Fincher’s various filmmaking symphonies — the buddy comedy inside Zodiac, the musical inside The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the campus comedy inside The Social Network, the slapstick farce inside Panic Room.

This all began after Fight Club, his scathing satire marketed as a bro bible. Or maybe it was a bro bible marketed as a satire. Maybe it started because Fincher never wanted his audiences to be confused again, but also didn’t want to sacrifice the little joys of filmmaking. So he began hiding those joys.

Fincher is renowned for his sumptuous compositions, his superhuman eye for detail, and his reputation for putting actors through endless, rigorous takes to strip them of earnestness and capture exactly the performance he seeks; his films can, at first glance, seem almost didactic, joyless, and severe. This is, after all, the man who sees Star Wars as “the story of two slaves.”

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