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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Jeremy Wickwire
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Kurt Meyers
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Peter Kirby
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Captain James Webber
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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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The music in this episode (Elegy) was later used in the twilight zone episode Twenty Two See more »

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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 »

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Meyers: [Wickwire has poisoned their drinks] But why? Why us?
Wickwire: Because you are here, and you are men. And while there are men, there can be no peace.
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Spoofed in Weird Science: Sci-Fi Zoned (1995) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Written by Joe Hayden and Theo. A. Metz
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The eternifying fluid
27 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the stranger Twilight Zone stories involves three astronauts from the future in the 22nd century running out of fuel and crash landing on an asteroid. But what an asteroid. These guys find an earth like small town from the Eisenhower fifties perfect in every detail except that the people are frozen in place like statues. The astronauts Kevin Hagen, Jeff Morrow, and Don Dubbins are uneasy, but it looks like a kind of paradise, Morrow especially like it there.

That this Twilight Zone episode was done at the end of Ike's presidency is interesting because in some quarters there is a longing for what seems to be the simpler times of the Fifties. The story might resonate better today within certain circles.

The only other being moving about is Cecil Kellaway, a self described 'caretaker'. He does arrange that they do stay permanently and in a place they wish to be.

For what these space travelers have landed in you have to see this strange episode of The Twilight Zone.


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