Biologist Sam Conrad is scheduled to go on a mission to Mars and is genuinely concerned about what they will find there. The mission commander, Mark Marcusson, tells him there's nothing to ... See full summary »
Biologist Sam Conrad is scheduled to go on a mission to Mars and is genuinely concerned about what they will find there. The mission commander, Mark Marcusson, tells him there's nothing to worry about as he firmly believes that God made everyone in his image and no matter what they find, he is certain that people are alike all over. They crash-land on Mars and Marcusson dies from his injuries. Conrad is happy to find that the people of Mars are very human-like, friendly and intelligent. They provide him with a home and promise him much more. Too late however he realizes that, just as Marcusson had said, people are alike all over. Written by
In the opening monologue the character named Mark Marcusson (played by Paul Comi) is described as 35 years old and the Sam Conrad character (played by Roddy McDowall) as 31. At the time the episode was released McDowall was indeed 31 but Comi has just turned 28. See more »
When Conrad walks into the living room after banging on the front door, the shadow of the boom mic and its operator are clearly seen. See more »
Species of animal brought back alive. Interesting similarity in physical characteristics to human beings in head, trunk, arms, legs, hands, feet. Very tiny undeveloped brain. Comes from primitive planet named Earth. Calls himself Samuel Conrad. And he will remain here in his cage with the running water and the electricity and the central heat as long as he lives. Samuel Conrad has found The Twilight Zone.
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Sam Conrad (Roddy McDowall) and Mark Marcusson (Paul Comi) go to Mars as imagined in 1960. Now we know that the planet could not have anyone like Susan Oliver on it so perhaps Barack Obama is right not to bother with going there.
I like the way the start prefigures the end of the story (visually too) with the question of whether people are the same everywhere? McDowall plays the reluctant adventurer of the two astronauts, well aware that he will have to make his home on Mars. The Martians are attired in an ancient Roman looking way and have a pleasant appearance (especially Susan Oliver).
One of the odd and enjoyable episodes but not one of the greatest. The contrast between the two astronauts is good. Well played by both actors. Rod Serling wrote the teleplay based on a story by Paul W Fairman, whose other writing credits are for z rated sci-fi films and TV. Serling went on to co-write the screenplay for 'Planet Of The Apes'. Will he make a monkey of Roddy McDowall in this?
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