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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Death on Project X
Plot:
A weapons investigator runs into trouble with a routine check at a facility as he meets an apparently deranged scientist who lets him know that they have manufactured the ultimate weapon and plan to utilize it soon.
Episode:
0710
Air Dates:
First Run - September 16, 1977
Repeat - February 4, 1978
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10 Responses to Episode 0710


Probably the most chilling conclusion to a CBS Radio Mystery Theater episode, I hadn't heard it since it first aired in the 1970s and it still got to me at the end. I don't wish to spoil it for anyone, just give it a listen.

This interesting episode is about one scientist's plans to create a superweapon that will protect the world from foreign attack. A woman associate of his who is opposed to the creation of the weapon is discredited in the scientific community, so nobody believes her warnings of it being a mistake. The surprise ending is simple, but it works well. Without giving it away, let's just say it reminded me a bit of a similar ending in the unrelated Twilight Zone episode "Third from the Sun".

A government inspector is sent to a mysterious top-secret project where researchers live on site. He is beset with strange messages left outside his sleeping quarters door that "the end is near", and meets several very intelligent people who either are going cuckoo or have already done so. The Ph.D. in charge of the project is determined to see it through, even though the inspector becomes, like many of the others there, convinced that indeed this project spells certain doom for their civilization. (HINT: The question here is: "Where does all this take place?")

A bureaucratic bean counter turned investigator is assigned to assess the validity of a secret government research program to develop an ultimate super-weapon, and is confronted by the suspicion that the head scientist has made a critical error that could result in doomsday.

I thought this episode was so-so with an interesting concept that wasn't fully executed but it was saved by the ending. I didn't see it coming. I liked the idea of an investigator interviewing different individuals who had different opinions as to the truth. But the material was too thin to sustain 3 acts.

This one, in particular, felt like an old "Twilight Zone" episode. I have to agree, that it might have made a better 1/2-hour episode. Did they ever do an unrelated series of shorts, within one episode?

1. Normally, I don't like any story on the RMT that has even a hint of "anti-military" about it. However, in this case that was almost secondary to the plot, and was almost subverted by the plot twist. Nice coup by Victoria Dann. 2. One of my favorite Larry Haines performances.

Yeah, this is a good one. Having been involved with the military and with the civil service as a data/financial analyst, I can relate to the main character. The twist at the end was pretty cool! I remember the first time I heard it years ago, I was like WOW! Great epsiode!

Death on Project X really had me going for a while, depsite it's slow pace and lackluster subject matter. The performances, I thought were terrific as usual. The man who played the accountant (Robert Dryden?), was especially convincing in the role. I just really dug the whole concept, mainly because it happens to all of us at one point, when we're forced to wear many hats in our career or job. The particularly disturbing twist at the end, left me wanting to know more. Immediately after it ended, I had to look at the status bar to see if it was over, or if there were still more left... to my disappointment, it was done. Ah well... too bad it wasn't a five parter! I gave the show a 4.6 - an nice pick by an even nicer feller!

Didn't see that coming!

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