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Title:
A Long Time to Die
Plot:
The grass is never greener on the other side and swapping lives is a dangerous practice. Unfortunately, a criminologist and an American Indian discover this too late as their swapped circumstances threaten to engulf them. One needs to depose before a tribal council and the other must do it in front of the Congress.
Episode:
0051
Air Dates:
First Run - March 5, 1974
Repeat - May 28, 1974
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11 Responses to Episode 0051


A very good one, in my opinion. Ties the Theory of Relativity to Native American mythology. Good morality play, too, about having the courage of one's convictions. Morality play, science fiction, time travel.

Pretty weird story about a criminologist who is supposed to testify against a politician and an Amercan Indian from 200 years earlier who is facing a tribunal crossing paths and switching personalities "in the mist" and becoming totally lost in each other's eras and problems.

Two men with unmet obligations switch identities and thus add to their burdens.

This is Mystery Theater\'s attempt at interesting drama dealing with reincarnation. It just was a so-so story that I looked forward to ending. 2 stars.

A criminologist and an American Indian swap lives and find they are unable to deal with their new and strange surroundings. One must testify before Congress, the other before a tribal council. Left me saying "So what?" Not a strong script.

A modern day 'mild mannered handwriting analysis expert' somehow switches brains with an ancient Indian warrior. Both are, in their own time and lives, undergoing great challenges and stresses. Neither know how to cope in their displaced time, in their changed lives.

Although I didn't care for this episode at all (just 2 stars), I do agree with Andy's comment that in some way, this episode paralelled a much more technical plot than your average Mystery Theater episode. Never-the-less, the story didn't sew up any loose ends and was poorly acted. Where exactly were the Native American Accents. Not the best.

3 stars.... Starts off a little confusing but turns into a pretty good story. No commercials.

I loved this episode. Seems to have been a pretty divisive one, though.

I thought this was an okay episode, but not a stand out one. I thought Davy's comment about the accents interesting, but since they were speaking English I don't know if it was necessary. I don't believe it was a reincarnation episode as Davy mentioned earlier but a "transference of consciousness" episode (like Freaky Friday). I did find it interesting that both of them found someone who believed in them almost right away, also I found it quirky that the one thought to buy a bow and arrows to test the idea.

A morality tale which is easy to follow and fun to listen to. The drums make it clear when we are back in the Native American period. The lack of accents was explained (kind of).. One of my favorite RMT programs. I just wish there was 1974 news included so I could relive Nixons watergate troubles.

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