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The Ray Bradbury Theater: And The Moon Be Still As Bright

One of the Mars explorers becomes dangerously obsessed with the planet's previous inhabitants.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x7
Airdate: Friday October 19th, 1990

Director: Randy Bradshaw
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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Guest Stars
Kenneth WelshKenneth Welsh
As Captain Wilder
Recurring
David CarradineDavid Carradine
As Spender
James PurcellJames Purcell
As Parkhill

Co-Guest Stars
Ben CardinalBen Cardinal
As Cheroke
Brian JensenBrian Jensen
As Biggs
Main Cast

Recap

An Earth exploration team explores an empty Martian city. The buildings are in pristine condition, but there are no inhabitants. They find black leaf-like particles on the ground and soon realize the particles are ash: the remains of the Martians. One of the explorers, archaeologist Spender, explains that one of the previous Earth missions made it to Mars and infected the Martians with chicken pox. The resulting fever burned them up. Spender takes offense, insisting that they should have been more careful. When Captain Wilder objects, Spender tells him to report back that they wiped out a civilization, and they can be proud of what they've accomplished...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "And The Moon Be Still As Bright" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories (June 1948).

Filming location: Lougheed Mansion, Calgary, Alberta



Episode Quotes
Spender: I smell death, Captain.
Captain Wilder: What makes you so sure, Spender?
Spender: Just the wind. Only the wind.

Cheroke: A whole people wiped out. Insane.
Spender: Right, Cheroke. Insane. Like saying that mumps killed the Greeks. Or that the noble Romans died of athlete's foot. An entire race, dies. Not with dignity and majesty, but from a child's dose of chicken pox. A little gift from Earth.

Captain Wilder: Spender, this, this expedition isn't going to ruin Mars. I'll make sure of that.
Spender: Well, we humans have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The only reason we didn't put a hot dog stand on the Moon was because it's a little out of the way. Make a good commercial proposition.

Spender: I talked to the Martian.
Cheroke: You understood him?
Spender: I told you, I learned their language.
Cheroke: What did he say?
Spender: He said, "Give me your boots." So I gave him my boots. And he said, "Give me your uniform." I gave him my uniform. "Give me your gun," he said. I gave him my gun. And then he said, "Come with me. See what happens." And I followed him back to camp. He's here. Now.
Cramer: I don't see any Martian.
Spender: Sorry. (shoots him)

Spender: And you won't let me stay here without trouble, neither, will you?
Captain Wilder: No.
Spender: Then I'll have to kill you all.
Captain Wilder: You're an optimist. We've got you surrounded.
Spender: But I have a reason to fight. That makes me a better killer.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* Spender wears a Martian mask in the episode that he doesn't in the story. It both symbolizes his acceptance of Martian culture, and is passed on to Wilder when he's killed, making the ending less ambiguous.
* In the story, the ending takes places in the hills, while in the episode, it takes place in the Martian library.
* Wilder himself deliberately shoots Spender in the story when the archaeologist refuses to flee. In the episode, Parkhill shoots Spender.
* The story ends much more ambiguously, with Spender simply attacking Parkhill for destroying some Martian property. In the episode, Wilder prepares to don the mask that Spender wore.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerPamela Meekings-Stewart  |  Doug Macleod (3)  |  Tom Cox
Production DesignerScott Dobbie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Leslie Swan  |  Susan Forrest
First Assistant DirectorDavid Webb (3)
Second Assistant DirectorAndy Mikita
MusicAmin Bhatia
Costume DesignerWendy Partridge
Make-upAl Magallon
Key GripOstap Toroshenko
Camera OperatorPeter Wundstorf
Set DecoratorJan Goodine
Location ManagerMurray Ord
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Property MasterDean Goodine
Construction CoordinatorWarren Simmons
Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio  |  Nancy Gullett
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyJim Jeffrey (1)
Production SecretaryJoan Kingsmith
Production ManagerLynne Bespflug
Sound EditorAlan Hardiman  |  Jim Hopkins
Special EffectsLee Routly  |  Maurice Routly
Dubbing MixerTodd B. Warren  |  Allen Ormerod
Sound RecordistGeorge Tarrant
Third Assistant DirectorAndy Price (2)
Boom OperatorKelly Zomber
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Transportation CaptainDennis Pugh
Wardrobe AssistantJan Kimber
Best BoyJim Gregor
Executive In Charge Of ProductionFern Field
Dolly GripCarey Toner
ContinuityKaren Bedard
Focus PullerJill MacLachlan
HairIloe Flewelling
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
 
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