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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Ted Otis ...
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Leslie Barrett ...


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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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This is one of only four episodes of The Twilight Zone (1959) in which Rod Serling uses a mid-episode narration. The other three are The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance (1959), The Twilight Zone: Time Enough at Last (1959) and The Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric (1962). 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: [Closing Narration] Practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events. Practical joke wearing the trappings of nightmare, of terror, of desperation. Small human drama played out in a desert ninety-seven miles from Reno, Nevada, U.S.A., continent of North America, the Earth, and, of course - the Twilight Zone.
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And It Fell, I Know Not Where
2 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

A space probe is mysteriously lost on the tracking screen at command central, leaving the technicians at a loss for explanation. Meanwhile, the probe crashes on what appears to be a lifelessly barren asteroid. The crew must now face the challenge of surviving beyond rescue amidst a harsh and waterless environment.

More dramatic than most, the episode concentrates on the struggle between those who maintain discipline and work for group survival and the treacherous Dewey Martin who replaces group morality with his own brand of survival of the fittest. Death Valley locations are used to great advantage. We believe the crew is stranded on an alien landscape with no hope inside those deathly canyons and peaks. Also, mysterious figure drawn in the sand by dying man is excellent suspense-builder. Trouble is that Martin lacks the pivotal acting skills to bring off his sneaky role successfully. Still, it's a suspenseful half-hour whose story idea was apparently suggested to Serling at a cocktail party! Again shows the ability of an unheralded production crew to create convincing effects on a very tight budget.

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