Christian Horn is member of an 1847 wagon train headed west. They are 1500 miles from St. Louis and are now in the New Mexico desert. Many in the wagon train are ready to turn back but Chris wants everyone to persevere. His son has had a fever for 11 days now and Chris goes off looking for water, only 100 yards or so from the others and suddenly finds himself in the present day. He can't quite bring himself to believe what he sees or where he is but those he meets believe he's a man from the past. The trip in time does have one positive outcome. Written by
This episode takes place in 1847 and September 1961. See more »
During the gas station restaurant scene, Christian has about a four or five days growth of beard. When he returns to the wagon the growth is down to that
of only about a day or so. See more »
Mr. Christian Horn, one of the hardy breed of men who headed west during a time when there were no concrete highways or the solace of civilization. Mr. Christian Horn, and family and party, heading west, after a brief detour to The Twilight Zone.
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If I was ranking Twilight Zone episodes, this would be close to Number 1. I have seen and read enough westerns with a sci fi or horror twist to appreciate how far ahead Mr. Serling was. Even today, the West is so large and empty that one could run into anything out of the ordinary and if one survived it, no one would probably believe him/her. It was also a place where a person could disappear and probably not be found for a long time. In other word, in the west anything is possible.
I am a big fan of the science fiction/horror western since the American cowboy has to be very resourceful just to survive and staying alive then was a full time job. This has to happen whether the cowboy is in a foreign country, facing aliens from outer space, or being moved to another time. There are a number of episodes like this in the Twilight Zone. Another one is where Albert Salmi gets pulled from being hanged to modern times and freaks out over the large change and the high level of noise that we are used to but would drive him crazy. He reverts to his basic instincts and still meets his destiny.
Outstanding acting by Cliff Robertson, Edward Platt, John Astin, and the rest. Good job everyone.
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