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Four astronauts survive a crash on a planet where it never stops raining, and must make their way across the surface to a survival dome.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x6
Airdate: Saturday September 19th, 1992

Director: Lee Tamahori
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Michael HurstMichael Hurst
As Lieutenant Simmons
Marc SingerMarc Singer
As Commander John Trask

Co-Guest Stars
Brian Sergent (2)Brian Sergent (2)
As Boltz
Mark RaffertyMark Rafferty
As Cooper
Main Cast


The four survivors of a downed spacecraft find themselves stranded on an alien planet undergoing colonization. The planet suffers from torrential and continual downpours. Their commander, Trask, uses the homing unit, nicknamed Christopher, to plot a course to the nearest Sun Dome, eight miles away and placed by automated probes. At a mile an hour, they have eight hours to travel. As they start, one of the men, Simmons notices that the plants slowly move, trying to grab them...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "The Long Rain" also known as "Death-by-Rain". This story was first published in Planet Stories (Summer, 1950).

Episode Quotes
Cooper: Are you sure we're going to find it, sir?
Commander Trask: I'm sure.
Lieutenant Simmons: Or are you lying to keep us happy?
Commander Trask: I'm lying to keep you happy. Shut up.

Changes from the short story:

* The setting is moved from Venus to a planet outside the Solar System, accounting for the fact that the men can breathe. On Venus, that would be impossible.
* Only Simmons is named in the story. Trask and Cooper have no names in the story, and Boltz was named Pickard in the story.
* The episode features a brief dream sequence at the end, to some degree creating an omitted scene where the stranded men find a ruined Sun Dome exposed to the constant rain.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Don Reynolds
ProducerMary Kahn  |  Chris Bailey (3)
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorPatrick Monaghan
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorJessica Hobbs
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Production CoordinatorJane Lindsay
Assistant EditorChristine Monaghan
Post Production SupervisorJohannes Konigstorfer  |  John Harcourt
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyWarrick Attewell
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorMike Becroft
Post Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio
Special EffectsKevin Chisnall
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantGeraldine Stevens  |  Janis MacEwan
Best BoyMark Smith (3)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Unit ManagerPeta Sinclair
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Assistant To The ProducerNikki Walker
ContinuityRowena Yalland
Focus PullerFred Renata
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerAmin Bhatia
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Still PhotographerKen George
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