The Twilight Zone: 5 best moments from Six Degrees of Freedom

"Six Degrees of Freedom" -- Pictured: DeWanda Wise as Alexa Brandt of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.
"Six Degrees of Freedom" -- Pictured: DeWanda Wise as Alexa Brandt of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved. /
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“Six Degrees of Freedom” — Pictured: DeWanda Wise as Alexa Brandt of the CBS All Access series THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Photo Cr: Robert Falconer/CBS © 2019 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved. /

The Twilight Zone is back with a new episode featuring a flight crew who must face a critical decision amidst dire circumstances.

We’re already more than half-way through the first season of The Twilight Zone! Can they do an episode about how freaky it is time passes so fast? This week’s episode, titled, “Six Degrees of Freedom”, stars DeWanda Wise as the Commander of a space expedition set for Mars. But when a nuclear war breaks out on Earth, she and her crew must decide whether the trip is still the best course of action. Let’s recap the 5 best moments from the episode.

5. The opening.

Beginning the episode inside the shuttle with no scenes outside of it (until the very end) was an excellent way for this episode to establish both its high stakes and the feeling of isolation for the audience that the flight crew were experiencing. Five people prepare to go to Mars just as World War III breaks out on Earth.

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North Korea sends nuclear missiles to the United States and we hear from the crew what is happening down below. They have to make a critical decision whether or not to continue on their designated mission or abandon ship and perish with the rest of civilization as they know it.

Either way, it’s a terrifying premise and their deaths are imminent. I felt the opening scene created the perfect amount of tension and suspense for the episode moving forward.

4. The dinner.

Throughout the episode we get to see nice moments of the crew beginning to bond, but it doesn’t begin that way. There is a “family” dinner of sorts early on in the episode that is rife with tension and awkward silences.

Commander Brandt has cut off communication with Earth to save their resources and to keep everyone’s attention focused on the task at hand. You can sense the pondering of mutiny from select members of the team. Pierson is shut down immediately when he tries to share his sense of wonder at their predicament.

I liked this scene since it kind of establishes the harsh circumstances of the crew’s relationship while paralleling nicely with the later scenes where the groups have become more of a family.