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Three space travelers land on a strange planet similar to Earth, except all the people stand motionless.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x20
Production Number: 173-3625
Airdate: Friday February 19th, 1960


Guest Stars
Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway
As Jeremy Wickwire
Cecil KellawayCecil Kellaway
As Jeremy Wickwire
Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
As Captain James Webber
Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
As Captain James Webber
Jeff MorrowJeff Morrow
As Kurt Meyers
Don DubbinsDon Dubbins
As Peter Kirby
Don DubbinsDon Dubbins
As Peter Kirby
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


A three-man spaceship is lost and low on fuel. The crewmen, Captain James Webber, Peter Kirby, and Kurt Meyers, strap in to land. The asteroid’s atmosphere, gravity, and temperature are all Earth-normal. The younger Kirby prepares to go outside, pointing out that whatever the risks, they’re out of options. They open the hatch and discover that despite the fact they’re 665 million miles from Earth, they have set down in a farmyard. ..

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Episode Notes
Director Douglas Heyes didn't like the concept of an automobile race frozen in time as was 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 ''The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.''

Based on the short story "Elegy" by Charles Beaumont. The story was first published in Imagination (February, 1953).

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
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.

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

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

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

Closing Narration
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.

Episode Goofs
The opening narration says that the men are in a "far corner of the universe," and Meyers points to the sky and notes there are twin suns. However, they state that they are 655 million miles from Earth, which would put them within the Solar System, between Jupiter and Saturn. Also, if they're lost, they wouldn't know exactly how far away they are from Earth.

Despite the director's efforts, the use of humans trying to stand still and pretend they're statues didn't work very well, swaying and moving.

When Peter approaches the fisherman, there is a shot of Webber and Meyers on the bridge, but for some reason it's clearly a still photo rather than the actors actually moving or reacting.

At the mayor's house, Webber calls Kurt "Carl."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJoseph Gluck
CastingMillie Gusse
MusicVan Cleave
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Budd S. Friend
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorWilliam Ferrari  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Jean Valentino
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorEdward O. Denault
Sound Effects EditorVan Allen James
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