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
Cook's home world is 4.3 light years from Earth, which would put it in the Alpha Centauri system. See more »
Cook mentions that's he's 4.3 light-years from his home base, but when he talks on his radio, the replies to him are instantaneous. In reality, his message would take 4.3 years to reach the base and another 4.3 years for the reply to reach him - a total of almost 9 years per message. See more »
Do you know these people? Names familiar, are they? They lived a long time ago. Perhaps they're part fable, perhaps they're part fantasy. And perhaps the place they're walking to now is not really called 'Eden.' We offer it only as a presumption. This has been the Twilight Zone.
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By season 5 I imagine that Rod Serling was running low on ideas and so PROBE 7, OVER AND OUT feels like one of those cases where even a genius was taxed with spitting out something on schedule. I do think, though, that the casting of Richard Basehart(and, to a certain extent, the haunted face of his commander, General Larrabee, portrayed by television character actor Harold Gould(Rose's long-term boyfriend on THE GOLDEN GIRLS)does adds value to the episode and he's burdened to carry it for large portions on his own. Sure the plot(and end result)are a bit old-fashioned and will probably induce eye-rolling from the more contemporary among us, but I do believe Basehart well establishes in his performance his plight, the desperate attempt to find a friend, a companion, on some seemingly humanoid-less planet which seems to support the fundamentals needed for survival. Gould doesn't stretch into theatrics, his military general holding back the horror Planet Earth is facing as war has broken out between countries behind a defeated calmness, his supposed quiet strength delivering bad news to Basehart as he lies unconscious outside after being hit in the head with a stone, this letting the viewer know that Adam Cook is not alone. When he first arrives, the planet seems to remain in a perpetual nightfall and Cook feels condemned to a "dungeon" existence. As you can expect, the story predictable and tired, Cook makes contact with a humanoid woman who seems to be identical in most respects to earth's race, except her language differs in a more primitive fashion. Sure Serling sermonizes on mankind's inability to communicate without fear or violence, commenting on the Cold War age they were a part of at the time. It ends with Cook and Norda trying to break the communication barrier, naming their new planet--you guessed it--Earth.
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