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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(Westrex Recording System)

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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: [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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Featuring the dumbest astronauts to ever man a spacecraft.
18 June 2016 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

The Arrow One, the first manned craft into space, goes off course, crashing in a desolate landscape with only four of its eight-man crew left alive. With a limited supply of water, cowardly crew-man Corey (Dewey Martin) turns to murder to increase his chances of survival.

We are told early on by the ship's commander, Col. Bob Donlin (Edward Binns), that the Arrow One has crashed on an asteroid, a deliberate attempt by writer Rod Serling to mislead his audience. Anyone with an ounce of gumption will quickly figure out the truth—the breathable atmosphere, the Earth-like gravity and size of the sun giving away all one needs to know. To believe that highly-trained astronauts wouldn't figure out the reality of their situation is utterly ridiculous, and the final revelation is unlikely to surprise all but the most gullible of viewers.

Also, why did they take guns with them on the spacecraft? To shoot aliens? Sorry, Rod, but this one is a dud.

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