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Title:
The Eleventh Plague
Plot:
After being marooned on a strange world for fifteen years, a magician develops god-like powers. When a group of men are sent to retrieve them, he sends the Biblical plagues of Moses to meet them.
Episode:
1136
Air Dates:
First Run - November 17, 1980
Repeat - January 30, 1981
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4 Responses to Episode 1136


The crew of a spaceship is given orders to travel to a distant planet and retrieve an old man marooned on the planet. The problem: the old man doesn't want them on "his" planet and threatens to reign down the biblical plagues of Egypt on them if they don't leave. This is an entertaining episode, somewhat reminiscent of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and the 50's film "Forbidden Planet," which was a sci-fi adaptation of the Shakespeare play. My only gripe: one actor plays the voice of two of the crew members but his voice is too distinct to convince us they are separate characters. Genre: Science-Fiction

Forbidden Planet revisited: A rescue mission to planet A-15 discovers their sole rescuee to be not only unwilling to be saved, but somehow capable of bringing down all the plagues of Egypt upon their heads if they don't leave.

I originally taped it back in the day, '81 or so. I liked it a lot. Another religious theme and coupled with space/science fiction, but it worked. I wonder in today's society how many people would actually know about and understand the plagues? But it showed how teamwork and a common enemy bonded the crew, so there is that lesson too.

I was reminded of the EC "Weird Science" comic book as I listened to this story. I wish we had had a scene in which the magician had conceded his trickery. It is interesting that the crew members came to hate, and even kill, each other in less than 3 years. Won't a mission to Mars take that long or longer? I hope we don't have a repeat; that would be big waste of taxpayer dollars!

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