The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Death Ship 

An interplanetary expedition from Earth finds an exact duplicate of their ship and themselves crashed on the planet they were surveying. Should they stay or risk taking off and crashing?

Director:

Don Medford

Writers:

Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Klugman ... Captain Ross
Ross Martin ... Lieutenant Mason
Fred Beir ... Lieutenant Carter (as Fredrick Beir)
Mary Webster ... Ruth
Ross Elliott ... Kramer
Sara Taft Sara Taft ... Mrs. Nolan
Tammy Marihugh ... Jeannie
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Storyline

In 1997, the spaceship E-89 arrives at the 13th planet in star system 51. Their mission is to collect plant samples to take back to an overpopulated Earth so it can be determined if the planet could be colonized. What they find however is a crashed spaceship of Earth design. Inside the ship they discover three dead crew members - but the dead are their duplicates and the crashed vessel is the E-89. The captain refuses to accept that they might be dead and explores several possibilities to explain what has happened including the theory that they may have time-traveled. The two crewmen hallucinate and come to believe they are already dead but the captain refuses to accept that and intends to prove that they are very much alive. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1997. See more »

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When the ship is landing, the strings suspending it can be seen faintly. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Picture of a man who will not see anything he does not choose to see - including his own death. A man of such indomitable will that even the two men beneath his command are not allowed to see the truth; which truth is, that they are no longer among the living, that the movements they make and the words they speak have all been made and spoken countless times before - and will be made and spoken countless times again, perhaps even unto eternity. Picture of a latter-day Flying ...
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Mind-Blowing Spaceship Show
14 August 2007 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

The spaceship from Forbidden Planet is used again. I even think of this as Forbidden Planet 2...well almost. This is all about a pain-in-the-bum Captain (Jack Klugman) who can't understand what is going on with his "death ship". I first viewed this episode when I was 17 (in 1983) and it never really escaped my memory...the closing narration plays in my head whenever I encounter stupid people doing the same thing all the time. But is the episode a classic? No. The teaser, act one and the end are classic but a good part of it is crap. It feels like a 51 minute episode that should have been a 25 minute show.

It gets high marks for the use of stock Jerry Goldsmith music played during the bit where Klugman glares at the dead crew. And, as I said, the closing narration is a mind-blower.


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