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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Mars is Heaven

The first mission to Mars finds a small Illinois town on the surface of the planet... and their dead family members waiting for them with open arms.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Airdate: Friday July 20th, 1990

Director: John Laing (1)
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

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Guest Stars
Helen Moulder
As Mrs. Black
Hal Linden
As Captain Black
Paul Gross
As Skip

Co-Guest Stars
Brian Sergent (2)
As Larson
Patrick Smythe
As Henley's Grandfather
Wendy McFarlane
As Henley's Grandmother
Edward Campbell
As Hinkston
Stephen Papps
As WIlliam Henley
Main Cast


Mars Mission 1 approaches the surface of Mars and gets permission from Mission Control to land. Captain Black brings the ship down and goes out onto the surface with Hinkston and Henley. They confirm that the atmosphere is breathable and remove their helmets. They hear a rooster crowing in the distance and look toward the noise. They can see trees in the distance and notice that they're standing on grass. They move toward the forest and find birds, and then hear the sound of a lawnmower. Continuing on, they find a small midwestern town that Hinkston identifies as Green Town, Illinois. Henley suggests that they somehow circled around but Black insists that they confirmed their course every inch of the way. Hinkston wonders if they hit a time warp and returned to Earth, but Black points out that they know they were in orbit above Mars before landing. Black contacts Larson aboard the ship and tells him not to let anyone leave the ship...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "Mars is Heaven" also known as "The Third Expedition". This story was first published in Planet Stories (Fall, 1948).

Episode Quotes
Skip: Come on, Blackie, what is it?
Captain Black: What if we really did land on Mars? This small Midwestern town isn't a small Midwestern town at all. The people are not friends and family.
Skip: Not family?
Captain Black: What if the Martians knew we were coming? How would they prepare for our arrival? For our invasion, as they would see it.
Skip: How?
Captain Black: Telepathy, hypnosis. Suppose the Martians could borrow our thoughts, our feelings, our memories. And use them as weapons against us, with telepathy and hypnosis. My God, they could become our aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers.
Skip: Then all of the people in this town...
Captain Black: Are Martians disguised as Earth people.

Skip: Where you going, Blackie?
Captain Black: Just going to get some water.
Skip: But you're not thirsty.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Pamela Meekings-Stewart
Production DesignerRick Kofoed
CastingFrances Walsh  |  Mary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest
First Assistant DirectorBrian Wickstead
Second Assistant DirectorWi Rakete
Make-upDebra East
Key GripMichael Knudson
Location ManagerMartin Walsh (3)
Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio  |  Karen Gleave
Assistant EditorKirsten Muxlow
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Ross Chambers
GafferSteve Latty
Director of PhotographyWarrick Attewell
Production SecretarySarah Bailey
Art DirectorMark Robins
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorPhil Burton
Dubbing MixerJohn Neill  |  Mike Hedges
Sound RecordistDon Paulin
Boom OperatorGrant Lawson
Production AccountantMaureen Zust  |  Anne Marie Cormier
Extras CastingDulcie Smart
Wardrobe AssistantHilary Niederer
Executive In Charge Of ProductionFern Field
Production ExecutiveMarie Watson
Unit ManagerAlex Collins (2)
Music DirectorLouis Natale
ContinuityBarbara Morris (2)
Focus PullerJames Cowley
ComposerLouis Natale
Wardrobe SupervisorGlenis Foster
Still PhotographerMartin Stewart
Assistant GripRoger Feenstra
Warning: The Ray Bradbury Theater season 5 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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