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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.
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.
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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Compelling, if flawed, tale of desperation and survival as three astronauts attempt to figure out the new world their space shuttle crash-landed on leaving several members of the crew dead. They seem to have landed on some desert, noticing similarities to Earth, such as the sun up above them in the sky. While I enjoy the irony of the twist which comes right at the end, I agree with Twilight Zone expert, author of the Companion guide, Marc Scott Zicree, in that the astronauts should have known where they were(to say anymore would give the twist away). While I understand it from a dramatic standpoint (and this behavior feeds the power of the final image), I have mixed feelings about the character of Corey portrayed by Dewey Martin. Practically immediately from the get-go, Corey is a bastard, outraged that his other two ship-mates, Col. Bob Donlin (Edward Binns) and Pierson (Ted Otis) would give a dying member of the crew water. Corey is aggressively hostile, a nuisance when he should be focused and level-headed (he is a trained astronaut, rigorously put through a process of procedures which prepare you for crisis situations; yet he seems to be a problem from the onset with little contribution to the others except as a pain in the ass), and just generally cold-hearted. We never see Coreyuntil the very end when it is too latehumane or, the very least, concerned for his fellow men. All Corey can think about are the canteens of water. He'll kill if he has to for water. Pierson and Corey are sent by Donlin to look for food or water, any signs of life, and the former doesn't return. Donlin notices that Corey has more water in his canteen than before he left, and this prompts the colonel to lead a search for Pierson, leading to tragedy. Corey is the antagonist, the villain, and pretty much is an asshole because the episode wants to present the lengths for which one will stoop in order to stay alive, not knowing that Pierson has found a "key to their salvation". Again, I think logically the Corey character would be better equipped psychologically to handle the situation if it were a realistic one, because of the preparations astronauts go through just in case they encounter scenarios as brought to us through this episode, "I Shot an Arrow into the Air". But, the show needs someone who cares more about his own hide so we can see him face the music when Corey does discover that his actions will come back to haunt him; he acted out of fear when if he would have kept his composure and remained objective, perhaps matters wouldn't have escalated as they do. If anything, Corey will be punished for what he did, but there's that feeling of "if only he had listened and followed orders" that might have saved him from the eventual repercussions that will result.
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
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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The premise here is that astronauts have crash-landed on an asteroid,
one that happens to not only be in the same orbit as Earth (which they
note explicitly), but which also happens to have an atmosphere
identical to Earth's (which they mention in passing, without noting
that this is physically impossible, as no asteroid has enough gravity
to retain an atmosphere). Oh, and which also seems to have the same
length day as Earth, meaning the asteroid is rotating at the same speed
-- after first wondering whether the sun will in fact go down, they
never mention this again.
No effort is made to portray the astronauts as being addle-brained as a result of crash trauma. So we have the classic flaw of the characters being in possession of the same facts as the audience, but not getting the "twist," which couldn't be more obvious. (This is true, alas, even if the episode takes place in an alternate reality where there *are* immense asteroids in the same orbit as Earth. The crew would know of those, and probably know their rotational speeds / day lengths, as well). If you work it backwards, there's absolutely no reason why the crew would have ever thought they *were* on an asteroid; there's no reason they would have ever given that answer after asking the obvious question "where are we?" It would have made as much sense to have them believe they'd crash-landed in Oz.
The human drama involves one astronaut who is immediately revealed to be a sociopath, concerned only for his own well-being at the expense of his crewmates. Again, it's hardly credible that someone like that would be among the crew of the first manned spacecraft. That drama would have been much more effective if he'd been initially portrayed as caring, and had devolved into selfishness from the stress of apparent imminent death. Had they been able to make that belief credible, that is.
A rare misfire from Serling, on every front that matters.
"I Shot An Arrow Into The Air" is yet another solid, if unspectacular,
tale from The Twilight Zone. It's the tale of a rocket ship that crash
lands on a strange and desolate landscape. The three surviving crew
members have very little water, very little hope of being rescued and
very little patience with one another. Well, that's not strictly true.
Corey (Dewey Martin) is the one with no patience and he'll do whatever
it takes to ensure his own survival.
Based on a story idea by Madelon Champion, this was written, as usual, by Rod Serling. Director Stuart Rosenberg does a decent job with the material but there's just something lacking. Okay, perhaps back in 1960 this was more intriguing and surprising but I suspect that anyone who started to watch the show from the first episode and started to know where it would take viewers . . . . . . . well, this is just far too easy to suss out from the very beginning.
The acting is okay (Martin has fun going over the top but Edward Binns makes up for that with his portrayal of the group leader trying to keep some order) and the tale itself, while not the most twisted or surprising, is a decent one, making this another good episode for fans of the show.
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For many of us Twilight Zone fans who grew up with the series, I'm sure
this episode offers a similar experience when watched today. It starts
out totally unfamiliar as the story begins, while our memories search
for some buried clue that might remind us whether we might have seen it
before. Then, right near the finale, a final hint is offered and we
recall the twist ending that made it so memorable the first time we saw
it. For me, that moment occurred when Pierson drew the phone poles in
the sand. That's it - the space ship never left Earth! What a blast it
was watching these programs the first time around as a youngster and
being totally enthralled, surprised and scared as the individual story
Watching today, some of those episodes don't carry the same impact, but tracing those feelings back to an earlier time and place is where the joy is when viewing now. For the second time in a row, Rod Serling uses an outer space theme to entertain and thrill, following the previous week's offering, "Third From The Sun". Whereas the prior picture had it's protagonists seek refuge on a far flung planet called Earth, this one tells the story of a handful of astronauts who never left.
With the passing of time however, one's experience calls into question certain elements that don't make sense, and so that's the case here as well. Confronted with a harsh environment with unrelenting heat, wouldn't it have made sense for Donlin, Cory and Pierson to shed some clothes? I mean those guys were really sweating. And when Pierson breaks down to discover that he was only a few miles from civilization all along, why would he find a distance marker for Reno, along with a sign for Nelson's Motel in the middle of a rock strewn desert? Wouldn't they have gotten more attention on a road?
But I guess that's all part of the charm for what has turned out to be my favorite TV show of all time. I'm still waiting to come across an episode I haven't seen before and it's bound to happen at some point. At least until I get to the end of a story and suddenly realize that I know what's about to happen after all.
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An enjoyable dramatic episode with memorable shots of Death Valley.
A space ship disappears from Conrol's radar and crashes on what the three surviving crew members conclude is an asteroid. It's dry and hot, and the men argue over water. The CO, Edward Binns, tries to keep order but Dewey Martin is one of those rebarbative characters that these kinds of stories often include -- whining, arguing, negative, selfish. Finally, Martin kills the other two, only to discover that the craft crashed 37 miles outside of Reno Nevada and he didn't bring any nickels with him for the slot machines.
Again, I was impressed with the fact that, unlike another episode shot in that hostile environment, nobody spritzed the characters clothing and faces with oil to simulate perspiration. You sweat in Louisiana; you don't sweat in the desert.
The acting is nothing to write home about but it's a neatly structured story with a surprising twist at the end.
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