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
The time that elapsed between the first contact with Col. Sloane's ship and its landing is quoted variously as either one or two months. See more »
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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James Whitmore stars as Captain Benteen, who has held together the physical and mental well-being of his people, who are stranded Earth colonists stuck on a barren, hot planet that proved most unsuitable for colonization, but it took 30 years for a rescue ship to arrive. When it does, the people rejoice, but Benteen becomes alarmed when he realizes that the community he has led will break up on return to Earth, and this causes him to devise a misguided plan to stop this, one that will prove most costly to him indeed... Well-written and acted episode makes good use of its time, with a believable premise and performances all leading to a most (self-created) tragic end.
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