The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 20

Elegy

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Aired Unknown Feb 19, 1960 on CBS
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Three astronauts land on what looks like Earth 200 years before they left--only all of the people seem frozen in time.

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    Kurt Meyers

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    Don Dubbins

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    Peter Kirby

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    Captain James Webber

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    • TRIVIA (6)

      • Most sources, including The Twilight Zone Companion, list the name of Jeff Morrow's character as Kurt Meyers. However, when the crew are at the mayor's house and Webber asks Meyers if he believes his theory about accelerated time, he calls him "Carl."

      • When the men find the mayor, Webber suggests that it's an illusion to make them think they've returned to 22nd century Earth. However, he then says, "This is more than 200 years ahead of our time." He should say that it's two hundred years behind their time.

      • When the crew find the frozen dog at the beginning, they make no effort to determine if it's alive but frozen, stuffed, a wax statue, or anything else. They simply shrug and continue exploring.

      • The crew of the spaceship are supposed to be in a "far corner of the universe", and the asteroid has twin suns in the sky. However, 655 million miles from Earth only puts them between Jupiter and Saturn.

      • Despite the director's best efforts, the use of normal people simply trying to stand still and pretend they're statues doesn't work very well - they are almost constantly swaying and moving a bit.

      • When Kirby approaches the fisherman, there is a shot of Meyers and Webber on the bridge. A still photo is used to show them, making them appear as frozen as all the other displays on the planet.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (Opening Narration)
        Narrator: The time is the day after tomorrow. The place: a far corner of the universe. The cast of characters: three men lost amongst the stars, three men sharing the common urgency of all men lost - they're looking for home. And in a moment they'll find home, not a home that is a place to be seen but a strange, unexplainable experience to be felt.

      • Kirby: But... you're real!
        Wickwire:Well, of course I am. Isn't everybody?
        Kirby: I used to think so.

      • Meyers: In other words, this is the place where your dreams come true... after you've stopped dreaming.
        Wickwire: Yes, that might be one way of putting. Yes, that's very good.

      • Kirby: I told you not to trust him, I told you!
        Meyers: We meant you no harm!
        Wickwire: I realize that, and I'm sorry. Truly I am.
        Webber: Give us... the antidote!
        Wickwire: There is no antidote, captain. Even though the eternifying fluid is coursing through your veins, it won't be painful, I assure you.
        Meyers:But why...why us?
        Wickwire: Because you are here, and because you are men. And while there are men, there can be no peace.

      • (Closing Narration)
        Narrator: Kirby, Webber, and Meyers, three men lost. They shared a common wish, a simple one, really - they wanted to be aboard their ship, headed for home. And fate, a laughing fate, a practical jokester with a smile that stretched across the stars, saw to it that they got their wish, with just one reservation: the wish came true, but only in the Twilight Zone.

    • NOTES (3)

      • This episode is based on the short story "Elegy" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Imagination (February, 1953).

      • Director Douglas Heyes didn't like the concept of an automobile race frozen in time (as presented in the original Beaumont story) -- so he substituted the beauty pageant scene, to Beaumont's dismay. Heyes' judgment has been vindicated, however, as the beauty pageant scene is the most-remembered part of the aired story.

      • The ice cream wagon shown in this episode was also used in episode #22, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street."

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