The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 6

Death Ship

Aired Unknown Feb 07, 1963 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Old remake

    Just an old reamke of the "Flying Dutchman" who is eteranally doomed to sail forever. One of the more illogical epsiodes for one thingwhy should his crewman be stucked with him trying to relive his doomed life. After all he is the only one who refuses to accept that he is kaput. So it should have ben him alone who is the flyfing dutchman.
  • Three astronauts scramble for answers when they encounter a crashed spacecraft containing their own corpses.

    Not only is "Death Ship" possibly the best of the hour-long TZ episodes (arguments for "The Miniature" and "Jess-Belle" can also be made), but it also deserves a mention as one of the best overall. The strength, as with most of the series' best episodes, lies in the script. Adapting his own short story, Richard Matheson weaves a fascinating, terrifying story of three astronauts faced with a life-or-death mystery.

    The only drawback (and this is minor) is that the ending doesn't necessarily take you by surprise. The first time I saw it, I had pretty much figured out by the halfway point that there were only two logical explanations, and one of them turned out to be the actual one used. Not that it's a major beef, just know that, if you really think about it, you can figure it out on your own.
  • Klugman and crew land their ship and see an apparent exact copy nearby--but destroyed.

    Brilliant episode. One of the hour long episodes that spends all of its time building tension without any feeling of \\\'filling\\\' the hour.

    Klugman does an excellent job. This is a paradigm of 1950s sci-fi. In this case, it\\\'s not the end so much as the journey.

    You know their ship is going to --- once they take off, and the only matter is \\\'how\\\'...