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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Corey
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Col. Bob Donlin
Ted Otis ...
Pierson
Harry Bartell ...
Langford
Leslie Barrett ...
Brandt
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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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