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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
The Children of Death
Plot:
In a time where men and women have been segregated to live alone, a deadly game is born. A game wherein they must hunt each other down to win the ultimate prize-- a chance at procreation.
Episode:
0426
Air Dates:
First Run - February 5, 1976
Repeat - June 23, 1976
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13 Responses to Episode 0426


I loved this episode. This is more on the Sci Fi side in which I like.

In future time men and women are separated and consider each other mortal enemies. Procreation can only take place by battling and capturing one of the opposite sex. One particularly meek and guileless men, son of the High Priest, sees the whole thing as barbaric and is not interested in participating. Under pressure, he heads out to the battle ground and encounters a woman by whom he is defeated and captured. Taken to the women's community, he discovers first hand the differences, and similarities that exist between the two genders.

In a post-Apocalyptic future, men and women have split into warring gender-based tribes. One man, however, dares question the 'natural' hatred between the sexes. Then he gets captured by the women for breeding purposes, after which he must be ritually murdered.

Sorry to reanimate this old thread, but maybe it should've been noted that this episode was the basis of Mr. Dann's 1979 novel "The Third Body", according to the Wikipedia CBSRMT page.

It was ok. I found it to be somewhat predictable. Many of my favorites are not predictable, or have a twist that I did not see coming. I really enjoy Sci Fi, and enjoy some of the CBSRMT episodes that dive into that genre. Keep them coming, and I will comment as I listen. I like the polling section.

this one was okay. not bad, but not the best. i think the first time i listened to it, i was impressed because i didn't know what to expect. i marked it off in my archive as being a good show. Upon listening again, i realized how cornball the acting came off (too stiff and robotic) and that this potentially rich tale left a lot to be desired. i enjoyed it very much, but not sure if i'd be willing to sit through it again.

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this one more, had I not listened to it at 3 AM. I never became fully interested in the story, and I'm not sure it would have made much difference no matter what time I listened to it. It was okay. It just wasn't a thriller to me.

This one was OK. Plot ending was similar to TWZ "The Man in The Cave". But it caught me a bit by surprise I guess.

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this one more, had I not listened to it at 3 AM. I never became fully interested in the story, and I'm not sure it would have made much difference no matter what time I listened to it. It was okay. It just wasn't a thriller to me.

This one was OK. Plot ending was similar to TWZ "The Man in The Cave". But it caught me a bit by surprise I guess.

I agree that this one was OK. Not great, not terrible. I agree that not every show has to be great to be enjoyed. It seems that the mediocre shows are often the ones that deal with the political issues of the day so they can provide insight as to what was on peoples minds at the time the show was written. I am also amazed at how shows that seemed great to me at one time seem cheesy when I listen to them now. Some of my favorites of my teenage years are really pretty bad when I listen to them today.  I did enjoy this one even if it's not one of my favorites.

In the future, men and women live in two separate tribes, apart from each other. Men capture women, or women capture men, for a chance at procreation. Then the captured one is killed after procreation. As you can imagine, this would result in fewer people each generation, as the population can't reach replacememt level under such a system. I hope our hero and heroine can work out a syystem before it's too late.

"The Children of Death" is an interesting commentary on the ideological differences (or lack of) between the Western and Eastern bloc during the Cold War encapsulated in a fascinating story and novel concept. Mystery Theater always did science fiction very well, especially stories about the future. I wish they had done more (fFor one of the best sci-fi radio plays of all time, listen to Prisoner of the Machines starring a young John Lithgow with a long cameo by Hyman Brown). In 'Children' Tony Roberts (occasional Mystery Theater actor and always a stand-out) plays 'Gold,' a young member of the male tribe, who upon reaching manhood, must venture into the forest and either capture a female to bring back to the camp for procreation or die trying. Interestingly, members of the female tribe, such as Flower (the woman Gold confronts) are required to do the same. Gold is unique in that, despite being the son of the tribe's religious leader (perenial Mystery Theater regular and legend Robert Dryden) he rejects the overall system and long-lived patterns of hatred for the opposing female tribe. This attitude of appreciation of the similarities rather than differences between the tribes is contagious, especially on the battle-tested veteran Flower. Though the manner of speech could be tiresome to the ear, listeners should appreciate the strict adherence of the Sam Dann's script to the small vocabulary and use of language by the simple people of this futuristic and uncivilized world. Children of Death is a captivating listen of a fascinating concept that I enjoy time and time again. Though history disagrees with the idea that the opposing sides of the Cold War were merely different sides of the same coin, the over-riding message of peace, love, and coexistence is inspiring. The story's end is quite moving and touches the heart. I give Children of Death four stars - JUROR # 4.

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