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Convicted criminal James Corry has been place in a very peculiar form of solitary confinement - he's alone on an asteroid 9 million miles from Earth. He's been there four and a half years now and is looking forward to the return of the supply ship and the goods it may have for him. When it arrives, Captain Allenby has something of a surprise for him: a female robot companion by the name of Alicia. She is human-like in every way but Corry can't but see her as a machine. He comes around however but they won't live happily ever after. Written by
Many TZ episodes rely on a twist in the end to provide the entertainment. Many of the best know do this - "5 Characters', 'To Serve Man', 'Time Enough At Last' all come to mind.
The kind of thing that allows a 1 sentence total spoiler.
But there is another substantial body of episodes that do not have a twist at the end. Most have a cataclysmic event (I do not do spoilers) but they seem to be juggernauts, proceeding to their doom as surely as anything can.
This one is like that. Jean Marsh is wonderful in her earlier roles, as the robot companion smuggled to the intergalactic exile's bare asteroid/prison.
Typical of the Fatalist Serling's stories, this one will satisfy you if you are a Twilight Zone fan, but the ambush comes from the cold slap of reality.
That is what Romantic Tragedy is all about.
I think this is one of the best.
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