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The local inhabitants of Mars seem unconcerned when an Earth expedition comes to find two previously teams that have gone missing.

Episode Info


Episode number: 5x13
Airdate: Friday January 03rd, 1992

Director: Graeme Campbell
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


Guest Stars
David BirneyDavid Birney
As Captain Jonathan Williams
Gordon PinsentGordon Pinsent
As Mr. Xxx

Co-Guest Stars
Patricia PhillipsPatricia Phillips
As Mrs. Ttt
Recurring
Larry MusserLarry Musser
As Lieutenant Wilson
David SivertsenDavid Sivertsen
As Lieutenant Pete Young
Jim ShepardJim Shepard
As Mr. Aaa
Raul TomeRaul Tome
As Mr. Ili
Main Cast

Recap

A four-man lander descends from a mothership to the surface of Mars to find any sign of the first two Earth expeditions. There are no signs of the previous expeditions. The men approach a nearby city and Captain Williams, their leader, tells them not to carry their guns in plain sight. He approaches a Martian home with the other three men, Wilson, Rollins, and Young, and knocks on the door. A Martian woman, Mrs. Ttt, emerges and irritably demands to know what they want. She speaks English and reveals that she is able to read his mind with telepathy. Mrs. Ttt is unimpressed with their achievement, but is surprised to see of them and talks about a delusion. She starts to go inside and Williams stops her, but Mrs. Ttt tells them to go away and speak with Mr. Ddd. The men wonder if she's insane and refuse to leave. Mrs. Ttt reemerges and tells them to talk to Mr. Aaa at the next farm over, and gives them a note...

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Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* In the episode, the Martian hallucinations in the asylum are simply colored lights reflecting what the insane Martians are describing. In the book, they are extensive projected hallucinations, which makes it seem more reasonable that the Martians would believe Williams' "delusions" were just that.
* A scene in the story of Williams interrogating a Martian child is removed.
* Many of the Martians in the story wear masks indicating their emotions. This is omitted from the episode. Oddly this is the opposite of what occurs in "And the Moon Be Still As Bright," where a Martian mask is introduced into the episode that doesn't appear in the story.
* Xxx kills the Earthmen with a simple bullet-shooting gun in the story. The production crew decided to make the Martians more alien by having Xxx use a ray gun in the episode.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Mary Kahn
ProducerMary Kahn  |  Randy Bradshaw  |  Tom Cox  |  Don Reynolds  |  Doug Macleod (3)
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingBette Chadwick  |  Susan Forrest  |  Darlene Kaplan
First Assistant DirectorDavid Webb (3)
Second Assistant DirectorColin Leadlay
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerWendy Partridge
Make-upGail Kennedy
Key GripOstap Toroshenko
Camera OperatorJohn Holbrook  |  Peter Wundstorf
Set DecoratorLouise Middleton
Location ManagerMurray Ord
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Property MasterChris Dutton
Construction CoordinatorBill Rayment
Production CoordinatorNancy Gullett
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyPaul Birkett
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorCatherine Hall (2)  |  Paul Winestock  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Production ManagementLes Kimber
Sound EditorDavid Evans (4)  |  Jane Tattersall
Special EffectsRichard "Buck" Stevens
Dubbing MixerJessica Casavant  |  Austin Grimaldi
Sound RecordistGarrell Clark
Third Assistant DirectorEhud Ellman
Boom OperatorPeter Wugalter
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Transportation CaptainDennis Pugh
Wardrobe AssistantDiane Routly
Assistant Production ManagerDavid McLeod (2)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Dolly GripMichael McLellan
ContinuityLeslie Druker
Focus PullerJim Stacey
Assistant Sound EditorJudy Kemeny  |  Richard Harkness
HairRosemary Diekmann
Best Boy GripGerry Mackie
ComposerAmin Bhatia
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
Rigging ElectricMichael McLellan
Assistant Set DecoratorAllan Marx
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
 
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