Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 16

On Thursday We Leave for Home (2 May 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" On Thursday We Leave for Home (original title)

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Space colonists from Pilgrim I, Earth's first spaceship to colonize the outer regions, have spent 30 years in their new home. It's a lonely barren place and they are waiting for a ship from... See full summary »

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Space colonists from Pilgrim I, Earth's first spaceship to colonize the outer regions, have spent 30 years in their new home. It's a lonely barren place and they are waiting for a ship from to arrive to transport them home. Some of the colonists are at their wits end and another one, the 9th in six months, commits suicide. They are led by William Benteen, who they call Captain, a tough no-nonsense type who does his best to keep the together. They rejoice when the ship arrives and are given three days to prepare for their departure. As the day approaches however, Benteen assumes the community will stay together on Earth. When he realizes that most in the community will go their own way once they get home, he decides they should stay. When the group decides otherwise, Benteen is left with only one option. Written by garykmcd

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When the rescue ship from Earth arrives, several colonists ask about various places on Earth during a meeting between the ship's crew and the colonists. One of the questions is about the Finger Lake District of New York. This area had a special significance to script writer Rod Serling. It is located close to his home town of Binghamton, he and his family vacationed there frequently, and Serling named his company that produced "The Twilight Zone," Cayuga Productions, after one of the lakes. He later taught at Ithaca College for the last five years before his death. See more »

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When Benteen and George are first at the electric panel, the mike keeps entering and exiting the picture's lower right-hand corner. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is William Benteen, who officiates on a disintegrating outpost in space. The people are a remnant society who left the Earth looking for a Millennium, a place without war, without jeopardy, without fear - and what they found was a lonely, barren place whose only industry was survival. And this is what they've done for three decades: survive; until the memory of the Earth they came from has become an indistinct and shadowed recollection of another time and another place. ...
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Well played by Whitmore, but time makes for an unkind perspective
4 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Firstly, James Whitmore and the rest of the cast are good. TZ is the most imaginatively human TV show about human issues, and the tired, wretched characters here clinging onto life are testament to that fact. Captain Benteen is obsessed with his own role in charge of the desperate people who settled on another planet decades ago. The people can go back to Earth to live, but that will require individuality from the community members and the fanatical leader, Benteen. The themes of survival and power are interesting here if you can get into one of the heavier-going episodes.

Trouble is, what was once futuristic is now long past. The stereotypical alien flying saucer that the rescue party arrives in doesn't help, nor does the meteor special effects.

Not a must see, but it's a competent, dour story that works better than most space travel Zones. James Whitmore powerful as usual.


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