The perspective pulls back from an overhead shot of the Earth to reveal a map that dominates one wall of a dark paneled and low lit conference room. A man enters the room carrying a case. Ill-at-ease and somewhat rumpled, he rummages through his case to find a tape that’s missing! The airman guarding the door calmly informs him it has already been cued in the machine. The man gets some water and drinks nervously as several other people file into the room...
This episode is a clip show – a show consisting of a loose framing sequence linking scenes from previous episodes (see “Internal References”)
This show is a bottle show – a show using a minimal number of sets. In this case, the action takes place entirely within a single conference room.
Control Voice:(opening narration) What is our last line of defense? Is it the military with all of their power and might? Or is it the courage of a solitary man?
Thornhill: Mr. Strong. If you are aware of this committee then you must be aware of its purpose. Strong: Sir, this committee was formed to investigate unforeseen external threats to the United States Thornhill: That’s exactly correct! Suffice it to say that we have not come to the same conclusions that you apparently have. Strong: Then it will be up to me to convince you…
Waters: You know… Strong was right about those sandkings. They could be a real problem in twenty or thirty years. Fisk: You think they can survive in a methane atmosphere? Waters: I don’t know. But I suppose anything’s possible.
Control Voice:(closing narration) Sleep soundly in the knowledge that the dawn will come. Rest assured that our leaders are watching over us, but beware – for it is only their vigilance that stands between our restful slumber… and the end of the world.
When Thornhill digs the bullet from the wall, there is no blood on it. There should be since it passed through his body on its way into the wall.
As a clip show, the episode contains references to and actual footage from the following episodes, all in the first season:
Two members of the committee are revealed to be aliens at the end of the episode. The teleplay employs the tried and tested plot device of misdirection to convince viewers that someone else is the villain.