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
Astronaut Adam Cook crash lands on an Earth-like planet several light-years from Earth. His ship is badly damaged and likely beyond repair. He manages to contact his home base but they have little encouragement for him. They don't have a replacement spacecraft to rescue him and the security situation is such that they may soon be at war. Cook readies himself to make a home on his new world when he discovers another inhabitant, a human-like female from another world. As they learn to communicate, he learns her name is Eve Norda and together set off to begin a new life. Written by
Cook's home world is 4.3 light years from Earth, which would put it in the Alpha Centauri system. See more »
Cook misuses the word "galaxy." His explanation to Norda of his current situation - that he has left his own "galaxy" and came to the nearest habitable planet - is highly suspect, as any two planets separated by 4.3 light years will be in the same galaxy. Possibly he means "solar system." See more »
Probe 7, this is Base. This is our last contact, Cook. Just a few minutes ago we got ours. 500% increase in the radioactivity around us. From what we can gather, the enemy had it just as bad as we did. We wiped them out. They wiped us out. Just one last forlorn wish for you, Son. Whoever you'll meet there, however you'll meet them, I hope it can come without fear. I hope it can come without anger. I hope your new world will be different. I hope you'll find no words such as Hate. I hope there'll...
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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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