The Ray Bradbury Theater

Season 4 Episode 6

A Sound of Thunder

Aired Unknown Aug 11, 1989 on USA
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A Sound of Thunder
Time Safari, Inc., uses time travel to allow big game hunters the ultimate thrill: killing dinosaurs.

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  • [Spoilers]A team travels to past to hunt dinosaurs before they die of natural causes

    A travel agency sends people to past for killing dinosaurs before they die of natural causes(i.e. tree falling). The agency has a team of well trained hunters to watch the clients for not interfering with nature, changing the future.They use a platform, above the ground, for walking.One of the clients scares when he sees a gigantic dinosaur, and fells down the ground. Returning to future, they discover that the world had changed dramatically.The reason of this change is a dead butterfly on the boot,of the man who felt down the platform. Yes, I love this episode and I still remember even now after so many years. It was a classic, anyone who's gonna watch this episode after sawing Butterfly Effect should consider the date when the novel was written and the episode was made:)moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Travis: Didn't you write a book... Dinosaurs I Have Known?
      Eckles: Mere fantasy.
      Travis: Right. You know nothing until today.

    • Host: Dinosaurs large and small fill my junkyard workroom. This one given to me by a friend 30 years ago. These given as toys to my daughters. And when they didn't play with them, I simply took them back. So with dinosaurs coming into my life, I often wondered, what would happen if I could go back into theirs. Dinosaurs, time machines. Put them together and you have a tale one million years old.

    • Eckles: Does the safari guarantee I come back alive?
      Agent: We guarantee nothing, except the dinosaurs.

    • Eckles: Every hunter that ever lived would envy us today. Huh. From now on, Africa will seem like Illinois.
      Travis: Have you ever visited Hell, Mr. Eckles? Until you visit Hell, don't make comparisons.
      Eckles: I'm ready.
      Travis: Yes.

    • Travis: That is the jungle of sixty million, two thousand, and fifty-five years before the moment you stepped into our office, Mr. Eckles. Christ isn't born yet. Moses has not gone to the mountains to talk with God. The Pyramids lie still in the Earth. Hell.

    • Travis: If we kill a mouse here, all the future family of that mouse is killed, right? And all the families of all the families. You step on a mouse, you annihilate one, a thousand, a million possible mice.
      Eckles: Well?
      Travis: Well... For want of ten mice, a fox dies. For want of a fox, a lion starves. For want of a lion, infinite billions of life forms cease to exist. A caveman goes hunting, but you, friend, have stepped on all his lions. The caveman starves. From his loins might have sprung ten sons. From these a hundred. Kill this one man, you destroy a race of people, an entire history of life. Europe remains forever a dark forest. Step on a mouse, you leave your print like a grand canyon across eternity. So stay on the path!

    • Travis: His breathing could vacuum clean the Empire State Building. Oh, I do go on.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. The was first published in Collier's (June 28, 1952).


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