The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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I Shot an Arrow into the Air 

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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Release Date:

15 January 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In the opening scenes, in the launch control room, some semi-circular flashing gauges are seen in the back of the control room. They are some of the gauges seen as part of the Krell facility on Altair IV in the movie "Forbidden Planet". 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 »


Rod Serling - 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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Over the Hill!
30 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a Twilight Zone prototype. This is the story of a group of spacemen who crash on what they think is an asteroid. Since they are doomed, the Captain tries to keep military protocol. Nevertheless, Cory, one of the men, becomes a survivalist. He becomes selfish and begins to take over. He kills. He steals water. He whines. Rod Serling so frequently used the plot of the characters who have no idea where they are. It works toward an ironic twist, bringing out the best and the worst in everyone. Patience goes out the window over water. Remember the two men fighting at the conclusion of Von Stroheim's Greed. There is a bit of this because when our lives are on the line, we often try to hold on to every second we can. Cory can't see honor or morality or order. It's just to grasp for that one more drop of precious water. Not a bad episode.

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