Three astronauts touch down on an asteroid, where they discover a world of people that appear to be frozen in time. Confused, they theorize as to why everyone is motionless, until a man springs to life and explains.
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
In a far corner of the universe, a spaceship with three astronauts lands on a planet with gravity and air conditions virtually identical to that on Earth. Their surroundings appear as Earth did 200 years ago but the planet has two suns so they're fairly certain they didn't somehow end up back home. People however seem to be frozen in time. They eventually stumble upon Jeremy Wickwire, who is the caretaker for the locale. His explanation of what he is and where they are defies belief but in the end, he does grant them their wish. Written by
Captain James Webber, Professor Kurt Meyers and Peter Kirby left Earth in September 2185. See more »
As Peter goes to the fishers, the pair shown on the bridge behind him are obviously photographs. See more »
Kirby, Webber, and Meyers, three men lost. They shared a common wish, a simple one, really - they wanted to be aboard their ship, headed for home. And Fate, a laughing Fate, a practical jokester with a smile that stretched across the stars, saw to it that they got their wish, with just one reservation: the wish came true, but only in the Twilight Zone.
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Three astronauts on a mission are forced to land on an outlying asteroid. Instead of finding an alien landscape, a world of small-town America opens before them, except the inhabitants who otherwise appear perfectly ordinary are frozen into motionless poses. The suspense mounts as the astronauts seek to unravel the mystery. Well done from a technical point of view-- the live models do hold their poses very well. In some respects, "Elegy" resembles the series' initial entry "Where is Everybody", without the latter's atmosphere or excitement, however. Still, this one is done with a faintly humorous undercurrent, especially with the genial tongue-in-cheek from Cecil Kellaway as Wickwire. There's also the hint of a cynical subtext concerning humankind's stubborn capacity for self-destruction. The script was, after all, written at the height of the Cold War. On the whole, it's a clever little entry, several of whose scenes may stay with you..
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