The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 15

I Shot an Arrow into the Air (15 Jan. 1960)

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Order breaks down between three surviving crewmen whose rocket ship crashes on an unknown world with limited water and supplies.



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Order breaks down between three surviving crewmen whose rocket ship crashes on an unknown world with limited water and supplies.

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15 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The title was one that Rod Serling considered for a screenplay that would later air as The Twilight Zone: The Gift (1962), which was almost the pilot. See more »


The men all agree that they must be on an asteroid. Space service personnel would never even consider such an absurd hypothesis, as they would know that an asteroid cannot support any kind of atmosphere, nor can it have Earth-like gravity. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Her name is the Arrow One. She represents four and a half years of planning, preparation, and training, and a thousand years of science and mathematics, and the projected dreams and hopes of not only a nation but a world. She is the first manned aircraft into space. And this is the countdown, the last five seconds before man shot an arrow into the air.
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It hits the mark but not the bullseye.
31 December 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

"I Shot An Arrow Into The Air" is yet another solid, if unspectacular, tale from The Twilight Zone. It's the tale of a rocket ship that crash lands on a strange and desolate landscape. The three surviving crew members have very little water, very little hope of being rescued and very little patience with one another. Well, that's not strictly true. Corey (Dewey Martin) is the one with no patience and he'll do whatever it takes to ensure his own survival.

Based on a story idea by Madelon Champion, this was written, as usual, by Rod Serling. Director Stuart Rosenberg does a decent job with the material but there's just something lacking. Okay, perhaps back in 1960 this was more intriguing and surprising but I suspect that anyone who started to watch the show from the first episode and started to know where it would take viewers . . . . . . . well, this is just far too easy to suss out from the very beginning.

The acting is okay (Martin has fun going over the top but Edward Binns makes up for that with his portrayal of the group leader trying to keep some order) and the tale itself, while not the most twisted or surprising, is a decent one, making this another good episode for fans of the show.

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