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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A human colony is rescued from a forsaken planet. But their leader is having a hard time accepting that things will change when they get back to Earth.

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Mercedes Shirley ...
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Russ Bender ...
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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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The crew of the Pilgrim I arrived on V9-Gamma in August 1991. See more »

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During one of his monologues, Captain Benteen talks about the planet never experiencing night due to the presence of two suns. For this geometry to be true, the suns would have to be on opposite sides of the planet, yet they are clearly close together in the sky. This would actually leave night across the opposing hemisphere of the planet's surface. 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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Rare stellar episode of TZ
26 January 2010 | by (http://www.cinema-crazed.com) – See all my reviews

When I say rare stellar episode of Twilight Zone I mean that it's one of the few good hour long episodes of the anthology series.

I caught this episode on a marathon here in America on the Scyfy channel and found it to be quite excellent.

Sure some of it is padded, but the overall message is pretty powerful. As well the climax is also pretty stunning with a look at what happens when men are given too much power and what it does to their mind and overall sanity.

James Whitmore's performance is quite great as a man who is a mixture of obnoxious, controlling, and just plain pathetic. He's a man whose taken the role of provider much too seriously and thinks of himself as a god of sorts.

I won't ruin the whole episode for you, but it's a really good look at the god complex.

As for the other "Twilight Zone" episodes that run at an hour, they're all really hit or miss, but this one is really quite good.


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