In the future, Earth is attacked by the planet Ebon and now is in war. A group of human soldiers travel to Ebon to fight the Ebonites but their rocket is shot down. They are taken as POW and sent to a work camp. Soon they learn that the Ebonites are capable of controlling the human senses and they will be interrogated by the enemy that wants to know details of the next attack from Earth. The first to go is the mentally unstable private Arthur Dix, who was deprived of speaking by the Ebonites and returns speaking again after the interrogation. One by one, the earthlings are interrogated by the Ebonites also increasing the mistrust on each other. Soon the interrogator discloses secret information and the military suspect there is a traitor in the group. What is the secret of the Ebonites?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
This episode was one of John Erman
's earliest jobs as a director, and depicts Earth soldiers who've been captured and are being tormented by aliens on a mostly barren set, consisting of a few rock-like props and doorways. It bears many striking similarities to the 3rd season episode of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Empath
(1968), also directed by Erman. In it, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy (and the Empath, played by Kathryn Hays
) spend the majority of that episode on a mostly bare set consisting of a few props and dark curtains, also being tormented by aliens. See more
We are not at war here. The grief and loss we caused your planet was an accident. We promised we would do anything to rectify this unforgivable mistake. But we cannot sanction the continuation of such immoral and inhuman experimentation.
Inhuman? What do you know of humans, sir?