A crash landing on Mars leaves fretful scientist Sam Conrad as the lone survivor of an expedition. After something starts banging on the outside of the spaceship, he opens the door to ... See full summary »
Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
A crash landing on Mars leaves fretful scientist Sam Conrad as the lone survivor of an expedition. After something starts banging on the outside of the spaceship, he opens the door to discover a race of human-like Martians, who comfort him, temporarily, in homey settings. Written by
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You're looking at a species of flimsy little two-legged animal with extremely small heads, whose name is Man. Warren Marcusson, age thirty-five. Samuel A. Conrad, age thirty-one.
[continued opening narration subsequent to character dialogue]
They're taking a highway into space, Man unshackling himself and sending his tiny, groping fingers up into the unknown. Their destination is Mars, and in just a moment we'll land there with them.
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In 1959, the Apollo program to send a man to the moon was only two years old, while the public was just starting to realize that space exploration was no longer a mere comic book fantasy. I suspect that is one reason a bold science fiction concept like TZ was finally picked up by sponsors long wary of how such themes would play with unchallenged 1950's audiences.
This episode is an average one among the exploration themes. It's basically a one gimmick plot, moving toward an ironical ending. However the spaceship interior comes across as an impressively complex and cavernous one, while the director holds interest with some imaginative camera angles. The mysterious pinging on the ship's hull also adds a nice dollop of suspense.. Nonetheless, the fey Roddy McDowell makes for an unconvincing astronaut, while the half-togas worn by the supposed Martians made me think the ship had crashed in ancient Greece. Even so, the many nice touches, along with the haunting mood music, add up to a very watchable half-hour's entertainment.
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