The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 37

A Small Talent for War

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 24, 1986 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The U.S. delegate says they have achieved worldwide unilateral disarmament - of course he means multilateral disarmament.

  • Quotes

    • Mr. Fraser: Mr. Ambassador, surely you don't mean to condemn our race to death without giving us a chance to speak in our own defense. Surely, that's not fair.
      Alien Ambassador: The universe, Mr. Fraser, is not fair.

    • Alien Ambassador: I think you have misunderstood me. Your savagery is an issue. That's true. But, you see, on the thousands of planets under our control, we breed warriors, gentleman. Warriors to fight for us across the galaxy! In your case, your savagery has not bred true. You are woefully backwards in the act of war. you fight erratically and clumsily. Your weapons are shockingly crude. And worst of all, in your hearts you long for peace. A small talent for war. Too small. Too small to be of any use to us.

    • Alien Ambassador: But I thank you for a most amusing day. You people have a delightful sense of the absurd. You might take some comfort in that. After all, as one of your fine Earth actors, Edmund Wynn, once said, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: If we are pawns of dark powers, then our own high aspirations become a grim joke. But if not, then no one will goad us toward world peace or take it away once we have achieved it. Doubters please note, you have just seen it achieved once, however briefly, in The Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • Alien Ambassador: If you really need a demonstration, keep watching the skies.
      A reference to The Thing from Another World (1951) in which a group of scientists fight a plant-alien at an arctic base.

    • This episode is only 7'56" minutes.

  • Allusions

    • Delegate: Halley's Comet - it's gone!
      The episode's air date occurred just prior to Comet Halley's February 1986 perihelion, making the reference quite timely.

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