The Twilight Zone

Season 4 Episode 16

On Thursday We Leave For Home

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Aired Unknown May 02, 1963 on CBS
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A man named Benteen leads a colony of Americans stranded on a desert planet for 30 years.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: The rescue ship comes for them in the year 2021.

    • Trivia: The emblem of the Galaxy 6 crew, a downward shaped comet in the shape of a six surrounded by an asteroid ring, was worn by the crew of the spaceship E-89 in 1997 in the episode "Death Ship." The ship and uniform designs are similar as well, although the Galaxy 6 ship must have been bigger to pick up a colony, as the E-89 ship was only made for a crew of three.

    • In the first scene after the opening narration, with Captain Benteen and George in front of the electrical panel, the boom microphone continually moves in and out of frame in the lower right-hand corner.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: This is William Benteen, who officiates on a disintegrating outpost in space. The people are a remnant society who left the Earth looking for a Millennium, a place without war, without jeopardy, without fear--and what they found was a lonely, barren place whose only industry was survival. And this is what they've done for three decades: survive; until the memory of the Earth they came from has become and indistinct and shadowed recollection of another time and another place. One month ago a signal from Earth announced that a ship would be coming to pick them up and take them home. In just a moment we'll hear more of that ship, more of that home, and what it takes out of mind and body to reach it. This is the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, he could direct, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god--now a population of one.

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