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
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Harry Bartell ...
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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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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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'If ya stop, maybe sanity will get ya by the throat ?'
29 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

That's a line I really like from Rod Serling's narration during the action of this entry. I also think the title of this one is well chosen.

A space ship called Arrow-One goes off the radar after blasting off on course for an asteroid. Then scene then changes to the eventual fate of those on board. Only some of the astronauts survive a crash landing. They perceive they are in the Earth's solar system by recognizing the sun. Col.Donlin (Edward Binns) has the unenviable task of keeping his surviving men sane with the fear of limited water rations in a hot climate tormenting their minds.

Fairly interesting and worth seeing once. There's a very good moment to watch out for where a dying astronaut draws something in the sand.

As mentioned elsewhere in my reviews, there is often a clue to the story's outcome early on in episodes of the Zone. You will kick yourself this time if you don't find where Serling has left a clue!

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