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 crew of the Pilgrim I arrived on V9-Gamma in August 1991. See more »
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 »
William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, he could direct, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern, and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god - now a population of one.
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James Whitmore leader of a group of space colonizers from earth has led a group out in space for thirty years and truth be told he's done a job. Through his own indomitable will he's kept the people together on a hard planet which orbits two suns and is like Mercury with no spinning on its axis. The group lives underground, it's the only way they can live.
But rescue in the form of a ship from earth commanded by Tim O'Connor has arrived and they want to take them back to earth which according to O'Connor hasn't had any cataclysmic wars or other kinds of events. Just about the same as those who remember of the colonists do.
At first Whitmore is as excited as the rest of them and then it hits him, he's really no longer needed. He's used to being God like in his authority and its not easy to abdicate being God.
This is not really a true Twilight Zone type story, no paranormal events, no unearthly beings. Still it's well acted and constructed and Whitmore and O'Connor make a fine pair of adversaries. A great lesson in the use of power and when you have to surrender it.
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