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Two grieving parents are looking forward to a new life on Mars... and are reunited with their dead son.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x20
Airdate: Friday February 21st, 1992

Director: Anne Wheeler
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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Guest Stars
Sheila MooreSheila Moore
As Anna
Recurring
John VernonJohn Vernon
As La Farge

Co-Guest Stars
Paul CoeurPaul Coeur
As Saul
Janne MortilJanne Mortil
As Lavinia
Main Cast

Recap

On an Earth colony on Mars, La Farge and his wife Anna sleep. Anna has a nightmare and La Farge wakes her up. He admits that they were both having the same dream, and miss the rain on Earth. La Farge goes to the window and looks out the window at the Martian rain, and then asks her about their son Tom. Anna insists they should have brought him with them, but La Farge notes that Tom has been dead for five years, but is in their hearts. She admits that she misses driving to her son's grave and talking to him, but La Farge says that there's nothing they can do and nothing more to say...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "The Martian" also known as "Impossible". This story was first published in Super Science Stories (November 1949).



Episode Quotes
Tom: I'm afraid... of crowds.
La Farge: Too many people.
Anna: Tom. You'd think you were born yesterday.
Tom: I was.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* Tom is a 14-year-old boy in the short story, but a much older teenager/college student in the episode.
* There is no energy-ball F/X for Tom in the short story.
* The last line, where Anna is seemingly happy that they had "Tom" for a while even though it cost the Martian its life, is only in the episode.
* The story has everyone traveling via canal boats. They're dropped from the episode, presumably due to budgetary constraints.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerMary Kahn
ProducerRandy Bradshaw  |  Don Reynolds  |  Tom Cox  |  Doug Macleod (3)  |  Tom Cotter (1)
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingLeslie Swan  |  Susan Forrest  |  Darlene Kaplan
First Assistant DirectorDavid Webb (3)
Second Assistant DirectorColin Leadlay
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerWendy Partridge
Key GripOstap Toroshenko  |  William Mills
Camera OperatorJohn Holbrook
Location ManagerMurray Ord
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Property MasterChris Dutton
Construction CoordinatorBill Rayment
Production CoordinatorNancy Gullett
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyDean Bennett (2)
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorCatherine Hall (2)  |  Paul Winestock  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Production ManagementLes Kimber
Sound EditorJane Tattersall  |  David Evans (4)
Dubbing MixerAustin Grimaldi  |  Jessica Casavant
Sound RecordistGarrell Clark
Third Assistant DirectorEhud Ellman
Boom OperatorPeter Wugalter
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Transportation CaptainDennis Pugh
Set DresserAvery King  |  Jim Murray
Wardrobe AssistantDiane Routly
Assistant Production ManagerDavid McLeod (2)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
ContinuityLeslie Druker
Focus PullerJim Stacey
Assistant Sound EditorJudy Kemeny  |  Richard Harkness
HairRosemary Diekmann
Makeup ArtistPrudence Olenik
Best Boy GripGerry Mackie
ComposerAmin Bhatia
Still PhotographerChris Large
Assistant Set DecoratorAllan Marx
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
 
Warning: The Ray Bradbury Theater season 5 episode 20 guide may contain spoilers
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