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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Episode complete credited cast:
Col. Bob Donlin
Ted Otis ...
Harry Bartell ...
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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Despite a fundamental flaw in the logic, this is a cool episode
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is about a space ship that goes off course and crashes on a desolate world. It's dry as a bone and hope for survival for the crew seems nil. As they try looking for water and food, order among the crew slowly dissolves--as the individual crew members become more concerned with self-preservation than the mission. Ultimately, as usual, there is a wonderful twist conclusion.

This is a very, very good episode provided you ignore one central problem with the plot--the whole idea of a ship being THAT lost and all seems very far-fetched and if you think too much, the twist ending seems silly. However, as a critique on human nature, it's great--with great insight into the baser instincts of people. Great? Nope, but well worth your time.

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