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Now You See Them, Now You Don't


The President wants to know the details of time travelers:  During World War 5, soldiers experiencing combat fatigue are transport themselves back in time to the present.



Air Dates

  • First Run - November 30, 1976
  • Repeat - March 12, 1977





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7 Responses to Episode 0557

I am a fan of Alfred Bester AND CBSRMT so this is a cheesy gem. I love the way it vaguely ties in with the concept of "jaunting" in is timeless classic "The Stars My Destination," a book well worth reading. I also find it hilarious that they use high dose LSD to try to get at a character's memories. Ahh the 70's . . . .


During World War V, victims of combat fatigue are able to transport themselves back in time. The President wants to know how and why.


While some aspects of this episode are dated, some of it is quite scary because the General talks the way a lot of crazed dictators actually talk in real life. When he goes on about the "War for the American Dream" and his other slogans, it truly gives me shivers. He is actually quite realistic, lol!


Professor Harry Scrim, serving 20 years of hard labor in Alcatraz, which has been reactivated for conscientious objectors to World War V (2175 A.D.), is released temporarily to help solve the mystery of the 24 shock casualties confined to Ward J of a military hospital. They don’t eat or sleep and, when confronted by doctors or military officers, disappear with a champagne cork–like pop.


Keep your ears open for the Jamacia Airlines commercial between Acts two and three.


I'm an Alfred Bester fan but this episode is pretty awful. He basically just mashed up concepts from his novel, The Stars My Destination, and his 1953 short story, Disappearing Act. The result is silly and nonsensical.

David Feldmann

Don't care for this one at all. Terribly clichéd depiction of a military leader, the story was all over the place, and was extremely hard to follow.

James Anderson

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