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And the Moon Be Still as Bright 

An archaeologist on Mars goes berserk and takes the side of the extinct Martian race.


Randy Bradshaw


Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)

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Episode cast overview:
David Carradine ... Spender
Kenneth Welsh ... Captain Wilder
James Purcell James Purcell ... Parkhill
Ben Cardinal ... Cheroke
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ... Biggs
Warren Sulatycky Warren Sulatycky ... Cramer (as Warren Perkins)


The third Martian expedition arrives to discover that the Martians have been wiped out by a plague of chicken pox spread by one of the previous expeditions. The expedition's archaeologist, Spender, becomes obsessed with the extinct Martians and their lost civilization, and turns against his comrades to stop them from despoiling the planet. Written by Gislef

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19 October 1990 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode title is part of the poem "So, we'll go no more a roving" by Lord Byron, and is partly quoted in the course of the teleplay. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Remake of The Martian Chronicles: The Expeditions (1980) See more »

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Martian Mumbo Jumbo
2 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Several men land on Mars to check to see what happened to a civilization that was there. Analysis shows that they were wiped out by a form of chicken pox. All that is left is dehydrated ash that looks like leaves blowing in the wind. There are no Martians as far as they can tell, but their machines are left behind, and one of the Earth men gets taken over by some force. He begins to kill his own people. The sad thing is that many are undisciplined, insensitive people who have no respect for the place they are exploring. This plays into the destruction that the guy (played by David Carradine who was Cain on "Kung Fu," has in mind. For some reason this just doesn't work. There is really no point other than some obtuse ending. Sometimes Bradbury was too cute for his own good.

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