Friday, April 9, 2010

The Odyssey of Flight 33

Kneece, Mark. The Odyssey of Flight 33 (from The Twilight Zone series)
Walker & Co 2009 66 9.99 978-0-8027-9719-3 ms/hs
Rod Serling's Twilight Zone (Walker)
In this graphic novel, Rod Serling’s former television series is adapted and supported with tremendous illustrations, as Mark Kneece retells the story of a plane that gets lost en route to JFK, enters a series of different time periods, and spends eternity searching for the correct one. It takes only a few pages to train oneself to read a graphic novel. The smooth-flowing style and the exciting graphics bring one of Rod Serling’s scripts to life again! Who will not want to read a story of terrorism and fear on a plane? In The Odyssey of Flight 33, the passengers are initially unaware of the problems in the cockpit as the pilots lose control and the plane accelerates on its own. The actions switches continually from the cockpit to the passenger area where an irate, emotionally agitated, former pilot is starting to cause trouble. Panic sets in when the plane can’t find JFK airport! The next harrowing moment occurs when they see the city of New York as it was in 1939! It seems that the plane keeps changing time periods, never able to find its course! In another time warp, one sees dinosaurs, and a unstable passenger, fearing his death, jumps from the plane! The pilot must finally explain to the terrified passengers that the plane has veered off course and gone back in time only to realize that when he re-plots his coordinates, he has now gone forward in time. The reader is left to ponder the fate of Flight 33. Rod Serling always leaves you wanting more, and the master is back! What better way to scare than to experience terror on a plane where one has no options but to sit and wonder if he will ever get out of The Twilight Zone. Mark Kneece ends the book with a two-page study of how he adapted the original script, trying to do the least amount of damage in creating a graphic novel yet retaining the uniqueness of Rod Serling’s work.
Squaresky, Martha

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