The Martian Chronicles

Season 1 Episode 3

The Martians

Aired Unknown Jan 29, 1980 on NBC
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The Martians

After Earth is wiped out by nuclear war, the last few survivors on Mars try to make lives for themselves. A miner encounters a shrewish woman in an empty town, while a scientist builds a family for himself. And finally, John Wilder meets a real Martian, and prepares his family for the life they must embrace if they want to survive.


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      • Narrator: The earth is dead. But are there people still alive? Caverns mile deep could shelter life from the terrible blast. This is Wilder's hope as he races to his brother's rescue. But what will survival mean now on Earth or on Mars?

      • Narrator: And just as there is stillness in what was once this nerve center on Earth, so there is a small and silent town on the far side of Mars. Lonely lights burn in the stores all day and shop doors are unlocked as if people have run off without using their keys. Debris and memories decay in the still streets. The town is dead. Except for Ben Driscoll.

      • Genevieve: I just wish there was still a masseuse at the club. I could really use a good massage to stimulate my blood cells.
        Ben: I could stimulate your blood cells.

      • Wilder: How do you feel?
        Alice Hathaway: He didn't want us to feel badly. He told us this would happen one day and he didn't want us to cry. He didn't teach us how. You know. He didn't want us to know. He said it was the worst thing that could happen to a man. To know how to be lonely and know how to be sad, and then to cry. So we're not to know what crying is. Or sadness. He was so proud of us. At times he almost forgot that he had made us.

      • Elder Martian: Life is its own answer. Accept it and enjoy it, day by day. Live as well as possible, expect no more. Destroy nothing, humble nothing, look for fault in nothing. Leave unsullied and untouched all that is beautiful. Hold that which lives in all reverence for life is given by the sovereign of our universe. Given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be... respected.

      • Narrator: Wilder leaves the Martian and leaves his dream as well. His dream of sharing this new world with a few survivors of the race which had existed here for eons. The night is dark, the moons have descended. Starlight twinkles on the empty landscape, where there is no sound but the roar of his own engine shattering the darkness. No living thing. Nothing.

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      • The episode is based on the following Bradbury works:
        "The Silent Towns" (Charm, March 1949)
        "The Long Years" (first published as "Dwellers in Science", Maclean's, September 15, 1948)
        "Night Meeting" (The Martian Chronicles, 1950)
        "The Million-Year Picnic" (Planet Stories, Summer 1946)

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