★★★★1/2 March 30, 1962 Season 3 Episode 28
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The Twiight Zone lesson in this episode is… absolute power can and will almost always corrupt. The best Twilight Zone episodes are the ones that are as thought-provoking and timely today as they were then. This one fits that bill. Claude Akins does a great job as he appears as Commander William Fletcher. He would appear in two Twilight Zones.
Joe Maross plays Navigator Peter Craig who starts off as a simple jerk and then climbs all the way to a megalomaniac. Without giving the ending away…there is justice at the end of the epidsode. The more I watch this episode the more I’ve liked it through the years.
From IMDB The rocket launch depicted was in reality a test flight of a Mercury-Atlas booster. This was quite timely; this episode aired about a month after NASA’s John Glenn became the first astronaut to attain Earth orbit upon such a rocket.
This show was written by Rod Serling
Rod Serling’s Opening Narration:
The time is the space age, the place is a barren landscape of a rock-walled canyon that lies millions of miles from the planet Earth. The cast of characters? You’ve met them: William Fletcher, commander of the spaceship; his copilot, Peter Craig. The other characters who inhabit this place you may never see, but they’re there, as these two gentlemen will soon find out. Because they’re about to partake in a little exploration into that gray, shaded area in space and time that’s known as the Twilight Zone.
When a spacecraft makes an emergency landing on an unknown planet the commander, William Fletcher, is anxious to get underway again as soon as possible. Not so for his navigator, Peter Craig, who is insubordinate and is fed up taking orders all of the time. While Fletcher makes repairs to the ship Craig explores the area around them and is astonished to find that there are living beings there only a fraction of the size of humans. Soon, he is being recognized by them as a god and refuses to leave when the ship ready. He is to realize that one’s place in the universe is a relative thing.
Sorry there is not a small clip on youtube of this. Paramount has them locked down.
Rod Serling’s Closing Narration:
The case of navigator Peter Craig, a victim of a delusion. In this case, the dream dies a little harder than the man. A small exercise in space psychology that you can try on for size in the Twilight Zone.
Rod Serling … Narrator / Self – Host (uncredited)
Joe Maross … Navigator Peter Craig
Claude Akins … Cmdr. William Fletcher
Michael Ford … Spaceman
Robert Eaton … Spaceman