Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 20

Elegy (19 Feb. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Elegy (original title)

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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.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Wickwire
Jeff Morrow ...
Kurt Meyers
Don Dubbins ...
Peter Kirby
Captain James Webber


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 garykmcd

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19 February 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title "elegy" refers to a song or poem expressing sorrow for one who has died. See more »


In the opening narration, the narrator states that the crew of this space ship is far from Earth in "a far corner of the universe". Later, one of the characters mentions that they're "655 million miles from Earth". 655 million miles would put them somewhere near Jupiter or Saturn. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »


Music by F.D. Marchetti
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14 April 2011 | by (Bernardsville, NJ) – See all my reviews

Charles Beaumont's 'Elegy' is a wonderful, quintessential Twilight Zone story. It concerns three astronauts in a spaceship who are looking for home. They are running out of fuel, and realize their only chance of survival is to land on an asteroid many millions of miles from Earth. Once they touch down, they see that this asteroid has an atmosphere identical to earth, so they set off to explore.

Leaving the spaceship, they walk around a farm town circa Earth 200 years before their time. Trying to speak to the inhabitants, they realize that all of the natives are lifeless statues. Unsure of what to do next, they split up and explore. After reuniting, and learning that there is no life on this asteroid, a small man appears to them and explains what is really happening. They have found an outer space cemetery where the wealthy get to live out their fantasies as posed corpses. A man fishing, another elected mayor, and so on. Offering the astronauts a drink, he goes on to explain that Earth has been decimated by a nuclear war, and that he is the caretaker of this mausoleum.

As the astronauts ponder their next move, and explain that they just wish to go home, they realize their drinks have been poisoned and they are soon to join the dead townspeople as corpses, soon to be posed in there spaceship waiting to liftoff. 'Elegy' has just the right sense of doom and foreboding. It IS a creepy episode, that is very well done. My only complaint is that at the very end, the music adds a touch of whimsy to the proceedings. If it had stayed with its tragic, and haunting theme, it would have been an all time TZ classic. But, as it stands, it is still an impressive submission.

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