The Martian Chronicles

The Expeditions

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/27/80
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  • Episode Description
  • This episode focuses on the three manned missions to Mars. In one, a Martian woman dreams of Earthmen who find her beautiful, enraging her husband. In the second, a three-man crew discover that Mars has a small town from Earth populated by their dead friends and family. In the third, the crew discovers that the Martians have been wiped out but one man vows to do whatever it takes to stop Earth's colonization of the Red Planet.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bernie Casey

    Jeff Spender

  • Nicholas Hammond

    Capt. Arthur Black

  • Darren McGavin

    Sam Parkhill

  • Linda Lou Allen

    Marilyn Becker

  • Robert Beatty

    Gen. Halstead

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Narrator: On the whole, the non-believers won the day. However, if the spacecraft had only landed a few miles further on, things might have been different.

    • Narrator: They live in a house of crystal pillars on the planet Mars. By the edge of an empty sea. In the evenings, when the Fossil Sea is warm and motionless, Mr. K sits in his room listening to his book.

    • Narrator: She cannot look at him. She thinks only of the tall stranger from another world. But outside is only the empty desert and the bright stars coming out on the black sky. And far way, the sound of water stirring, cold in long canals.

    • Narrator: The ship comes down from space. Without Wilder, without Spender. It has traversed the black velocities, encountering ancient moons, like a pale leviathan slipping through an otherwise-empty sea. It has come down from the stars, and the shining movements, and the silent gulfs of space. It is a new ship. It has fire in its body and three young men in its metal cells. The second expedition to Mars has arrived.

    • Edward Black: Your death will be painless, Captain.
      Captain Black: Why?
      Edward Black: A proper question, Captain. We are not a violent people. The members of your first expedition were destroyed by a husband that convinced himself that jealousy of his wife was actually concern for his planet's welfare. This is different. We are joining forces to destroy three lives. Why? Because we fear for our existence. We have seen your weapons. More, we have looked into your minds and seen the violence there. We have witnessed in your minds what your kind have done to Earth. How your society trembles on the verge of self-destruction, seeking to find a solution to its own troubles on other worlds rather than solve them on its own. We cannot permit that on our world. Forgive us, Captain Black. Once we were an honorable people. Now see the depth to which we have inextricably fallen. To murder out of fear. Forgive us.

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    Notes (2)

    • The episode is based on the following Bradbury works:
      "Ylla" (first published as "I'll Not Ask for Wine", Maclean's, January 1950)
      "Mars is Heaven!" (Planet Stories, Fall 1948)
      "And the Moon be Still as Bright" (Thrilling Wonder Stories, June 1948)

    • Filming locations: Malta, Lanzarote, Lee International Studios

    Trivia (1)

    • As the Zeus I lander approaches Mars, York says that they'll be passing beyond the horizon and informs Mission Control that they'll lose contact. However, a few minutes later, York is talking to Mission Control again and saying they'll soon lose contact.

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