The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 48

Dead Run

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 1986 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Dead Run
A truck driver accepts a job to deliver souls to Hell.

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  • ill tempered trucker delivers those like him to hell.

    This episode is too long for me. And the story is not well told. Although it has its moments, for example, when they are unloading the truck and they have to fight with some of the evil people there. This moment was really good, why do i think so? Because every time I get my muscles tense I know the show is doing its job correctly.

    This would have made a nice 15 minutes episode but not what we ended up seeing. The characters were not likeable at all, they were too simple, they had no passion for their jobs and this made this show too flat.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Pete: By the time we get to the next truck stop, the rain'll be stopped, anyway.
      Johnny: Truck stop? Here?
      Pete: Wherever you got truck drivers, Johnny, you got truck stops.

    • Pete: You don't get much rain on a road to Hell. You hear all kinds of stories... like in China and India. They got trains there; in Russia, they got tram lines. And in Mexico, it's old buses on dusty roads. Always at night.

    • Manager: Sounds to me you've been taken in by a lot of secular intellectual propaganda. I've been only in charge here for a short while. My predecessor wasn't a religious man. He thought this was a job just like any other where you could compromise every now and then. But you can't. Not when your keeping the land clean. As it says in Psalms: "The ungodly are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous." Sinners, John... the murderers, the muggers, the hustlers, the pornographers, atheists, heathens, and so-called humanists.
      Johnny: You mean... anyone who doesn't measure up to your standards.
      Manager: Not my standards, John. The only standards that matter. Age-old inviolate standards that God-fearing people have observed for centuries.

    • Elderly Woman: Why are you doing this?
      Johnny: I'm just doing my bit, lady. I remember this story back in Sunday School about how between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, Christ spent some time in Hell, rescuing the righteous, the ones that didn't belong. "Harrowing Hell," they called it. Guess you could say I'm just following an old tradition... harrowing Hell.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Centuries ago, Hell was reached by chalk-white horses pulling shuttered coaches; by Spanish galleons borne on black sails through uncharted seas. Legend has it Leonardo da Vinci was once commissioned to build a flying machine to carry souls to Hell, but it never returned from its maiden flight. But along this particular road to Hell lies redemption for the damned as well as for drivers who have found work... in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (5)

    • While many know that the music for the 1985 Twilight Zone was done by Grateful Dead and Merle Saunders, this episode has another Dead connection (besides the name). In the truck stop, Trucker #2 is played by John Barlow; one of the band's lyricists in a rare acting appearance.

    • No opening narration.

    • Gertrude Flynn is a returning star to The Twilight Zone, acting in a previous episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up" (Season 2, episode 64).

    • This episode was commended by the Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Artists.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Dead Run" by Greg Bear. The story was first published in Omni (April, 1985).