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Strange New Tomorrow


After the second Hundred Years War, a scientist and his wife are ordered by a covert agency to create a humanoid robot that can survive a land ravaged by nuclear fallout.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 26, 1979
  • Repeat - March 18, 1980





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7 Responses to Episode 1033

I'm not a science fiction type of guy but this is a good program. Many years and generations into the future the population of Earth has dwindled (due to war) and it is contaminated by radioactive material. A elderly scientist knows how to make robots. A military leader raids the galaxy and has his own ideas about the future survival of the human race. The leader of the planet believes that the radioactivity problem can be cured by breeding it out of the population. These are the ingredients needed for this program.

Dainne W.

My maternal grandfather once, about this time actually (c.1979), deinged to 'tell us a scary story', as they were so en vogue at that time. It went something like this: Once upon a time, there was an old witch, whom everyone was afraid of. Then she unexpectedly died, mysteries unexplained. On a stormy, windy night, two kids went to visit the unlit, empty grave site, somewhere out of the way. The wind swirling, with distant lightning, one of them summonded the courage to ask: "Old witch, old witch, what made you die?" There was a long pause, the wind howling up behind them, as the rain and swirls increased. The other one then repeated, visibly scarred, "Old witch, old witch, what made you die?" There was, again, a long pause. And the old witch said 'nothing at all', nothing at all! Repeat. (it helps if your grandfather is the dramatist)

Indo-European, caucasian-centric diet(?)

Good Sci-fi drama which leaves one lots of things to ponder.


Great sci-fi story, had a classic otr feel to it.


SPOILER: This is a well done sci fi episode I'd say, even though we heard these tropes before. Reminded me of Blade Runner. Although the movie came out in 1982 it was based on the Philip KDick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I also remember an early Star Trek episode around 1967, title name eludes me, where a character Roger says when his wife sees a cut on his arm with wires beneath instead of blood vessels, "But Andrea, you are an Android too. I just didn't have the heart to tell you."

D.C. Klinkensmit

I rate this episode ★★★★★ for EXCELLENT. Bravo to Ian Martin for writing one the best Dystopian stories ever on CBSRMT! I enjoyed this as much as I’ve enjoyed #1054-THE GOD MACHINE (also a Dystopian story). A humble protagonist, dealing with a draconian antagonist, communicating with compelling humanoids in a world beyond our lifetime. A Sci-Fi tale, so captivating, it should’ve been made for THE TWILIGHT ZONE series. Another way to title this would be “The Balance Of Power” or “The Humanoid Connection” or “The Rise Of M.A.C.” In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall questions about favorite eras in time (past, present, and future). In ACT-1, directs us to the future, story taking place after the 2nd Hundred Years War and our main antagonist is serious, yet soulless. In ACT-2, after discovering who or what’s in the black box, he questions what our characters are thinking or feeling? In ACT-3, three weeks have passed, but more importantly, a rush of events are coming to a climax (a narration like that would put CBSRMT fans on the edge of their seat and lean in to the speakers). After the climax, he questions if there is a moral to this. In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall finishes it off with a quote from the “Locksley Hall" poem by Alfred Tennyson. Bravo to our Host with these captivating narrations! The sound effects of the spaceship humming, viewing screen beeping, sliding door that hisses, footsteps, electronic apparatus beeping, switches, doorbell, squeaking of the black box lid, electrodes, disintegrating ray, 7 doorbell rings, and massive bomb explosions were tremendously useful in this. The music was wonderful, especially the tunes they used to finish all 3 Acts. A round of applause goes to our cast: John Beal (as Dr. Ralph Tremayne), Teri Keane (as Una Tremayne), Gordon Heath (as General Mark Vardon), and Ian Martin (as Emperor Condor and M.A.C.). Ian Martin was crafty. Not just from his writing, but also from his acting and clever idea of naming M.A.C. as “Mechanoelectrical Activated Computer.” Gordon Heath played a fantastic villain, a performance that’s unforgettable as his performance in #0921-THE GREY SLAPPER. Teri Keane was wonderful for playing a humanoid that was sweet and kind-hearted. And John Beal, as the compassionate doctor of cybernetics, played one of his best roles. I’d give a standing ovation to everyone that worked hard on this mystery episode. A Sci-Fi tale that cannot be disregarded. Plus, it has commercials for Sunkist Soda, Unisom Sleep Aid, CBS-TV of “The Young & The Restless,” and Susan Anton for Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattresses. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =^D


I thought at first that I was not going to enjoy this episode. However the more I listened the more I liked it. It was a very entertaining episode which kept me very interested.


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