The Ray Bradbury Theater

And the Moon be Still as Bright

Season 5, Ep 7, Aired 10/19/90
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  • Episode Description
  • Space explorers on a Martian expedition are faced with problems when one of their members becomes obsessed with the planet's former residents.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Sussman

  • Kenneth Welsh

    Captain Wilder

  • James Purcell

    Parkhill

  • Larry Wilcox

  • Ray Bradbury

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Spender: I smell death, Captain. Wilder: What makes you so sure, Spender? Spender: Just the wind. Only the wind.

    • Cheroke: A whole people wiped out. Insane. Spender: Right, Cheroke. Insane. Like saying that mumps killed the Greeks. Or that the noble Romans died of athlete's foot. An entire race, dies. Not with dignity and majesty, but from a child's dose of chicken pox. A little gift from Earth.

    • Wilder: Spender, this, this expedition isn't going to ruin Mars. I'll make sure of that.
      Spender: Well, we humans have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The only reason we didn't put a hot dog stand on the Moon was because it's a little out of the way. Make a good commercial proposition.

    • Spender: I talked to the Martian. Cheroke: You understood him? Spender: I told you, I learned their language. Cheroke: What did he say? Spender: He said, "Give me your boots." So I gave him my boots. And he said, "Give me your uniform." I gave him my uniform. "Give me your gun," he said. I gave him my gun. And then he said, "Come with me. See what happens." And I followed him back to camp. He's here. Now. Cramer: I don't see any Martian. Spender: Sorry. (shoots his teammates dead)

    • Spender: And you won't let me stay here without trouble, neither, will you? Wilder: No. Spender: Then I'll have to kill you all. Wilder: You're an optimist. We've got you surrounded. Spender: But I have a reason to fight. That makes me a better killer.

    Notes (2)

    • Filmed at the Lougheed Mansion in Calgary, Alberta.

    • This episode is based on the short story "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories (June, 1948).

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: Referencing Byron's poem, "So, we'll go no more a roving." Penned in 1817, it was later published in 1830 in Letters and Journals of Lord Byron.

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