The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 28

The Little People

Aired Unknown Mar 30, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An astronaut declares himself a god when his ship lands on a planet populated by people smaller than ants.

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  • This Episode Deals With the Most DANGEROUS Invention of Humans: The 'God' Complex! :shock:

    It never ceases to amaze me just how well-written and how well-acted most of the episodes in "The Twilight Zone" are. Many different actors, writers, musicians, and many others came together to whip up an incredible experiment in experimenting, that ran the gamut from A to Z! Nothing was off limits, and even episodes that took place, "Out THERE," still often contained metaphors for events that were happening in the world at the time "The Twilight Zone" originally aired. :O This episode was certainly WELL-timed for the Cuban Bay Missile Crisis of 1962, when a select group of people thought themselves as 'God', and were willing to go to the absolute LIMIT to prove it; by ANY means necessary! :shock: But this episode shows just how DANGEROUS it is to make oneself Because even 'God' can be dethroned ALL too easily by something bigger and MORE dangerous than 'God' is. This episode is a good example of karma in action; whatever is done to others, is eventually returned to the point of origin. That's one of the reasons I like most of the episodes in this show. Most of the time, whenever an antagonist does wrong to others, they almost ALWAYS get their comeuppance in the end! :idea: Enough said, true believers! ;)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • All the ropes used by the tiny people to pull down Craig's statue vanish instantly in the next shot, when the statue hits the ground.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: The time is the space age, the place is a barren landscape of a rock-walled canyon that lies millions of miles from the planet Earth. The cast of characters? You've met them: William Fletcher, commander of the spaceship; his copilot, Peter Craig. The other characters who inhabit this place you may never see, but they're here, as these two gentlemen will soon find out. Because they're about to partake in a little exploration into that gray, shaded area in space and time that's known as the Twilight Zone.

    • Craig: Whoever invented this stuff must have had stomach trouble; a very bitter character with no compassion for his fellow man or their stomachs. Well, there may come a moment in time when I'll enjoy this.
      Fletcher: "There may come a moment in time" when you'll lick a rock as if it were the drumstick of a Thanksgiving turkey! But for the time being, buddy, you'll eat what is prescribed to eat! And if you've got any set of deep-rooted complaints, you put 'em down in a ledger somewhere, don't spray 'em all over me! It's a waste of effort. It's also dull, and it's tough to live with! You read me, Craig?
      Craig: (unimpressed) Loud and clear.
      Fletcher: Then dwell on it! And while you're dwelling on it, you might count a few blessings. Now we don't have much food or water, that's a fact. But we landed in a place where there's oxygen, and we can survive. We walked away from it without a single bone out of place. Now, the standing order is as follows: you got tears to shed, save them for night and weep them into your pillow. don't bother me with them! Now how do you read me?
      Craig: (sarcastic) Still loud and clear, Commander.

    • Fletcher: It occurs to me I haven't seen you take any water.
      Craig: Well, I'm a whiskey man myself, or hadn't you noticed?

    • Fletcher: You're no god, Craig. That's not what you are at all. The only trouble is by now you've probably gotten them to believe in the devil.

    • Craig : All right, my little friends, comes now the new age, the age of--the age of Peter Craig. Let us begin to build the statue, again. Let us commence to begin.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: The case of navigator Peter Craig, a victim of a delusion. In this case, the dream dies a little harder than the man. A small exercise in space psychology that you can try on for size--in the Twilight Zone.

  • NOTES (1)