The Little People (The Twilight Zone)

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"The Little People"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 28
Directed by William Claxton
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Stock
Production code 4822
Original air date March 30, 1962
Guest actors

Joe Maross: Peter Craig
Claude Akins: William Fletcher
Michael Ford: Spaceman #1
Robert Eaton: Spaceman #2

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"The Little People" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Mr. Serling's Opening Narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

Astronauts William Fletcher, the can-do captain, and Peter Craig, the malcontent co-pilot, set down in a canyon on an alien planet to repair their ship. While arguing, Fletcher asks Craig what he would want if he had things his way, and Craig responds that he'd like to be the one giving the orders. Shortly after saying that, Craig hears a sound, though Fletcher does not.

Craig goes scouting over a period of days, leaving Fletcher to repair the ship. One day Craig returns, strutting a bit, and Fletcher asks why he doesn't seem to have drunk any water in the past two days. Fletcher discovers that Craig has found water and calls him a cheat.

Pressed, Craig reveals that he found a city populated by people no bigger than ants, and takes Fletcher to see them, revealing that he used mathematics to teach them how to communicate with him. He says he loves having an entire population terrified of him, and refers to himself as a god, saying that they've "been created in his image." Fletcher says they are people, "no different than we are."

Craig begins terrorizing the population by crushing three of their buildings. Fletcher knocks him out, apologizing to the tiny folk. Later, Fletcher goes looking for Craig to inform him the repairs are done and they can depart, and finds that Craig had forced the tiny people to build a life-size statue of him. Fletcher asks him what he gives in return, and Craig says he won't crush the life out of them. Fletcher tells Craig that they picked a "corker of a deity," and calls him a "sick, scared little man filled with delusions of grandeur." Craig pulls a gun on Fletcher and orders him to leave him without him. Fletcher does his best to talk him into coming along, telling him he'll be lonely, but Craig fires at the statue, blowing off the head, and again orders him to leave, saying "this is a monotheistic society; just room for one god."

Fletcher leaves disgustedly, and Craig gloats over the city, throwing the broken-off head of the statue at the city, cackling maniacally and saying they must not anger him as tiny voices cry out in panic and tiny sirens begin to wail.

Shortly after, another ship lands. Two spacemen, taller than the mountains, emerge (they're repairing their ship). One of them picks Craig up and accidentally crushes him. The Little People rejoice at the death of their bullying "god," pulling the statue of Craig down, on top of his lifeless body.

Mr. Serling's Closing Narration[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

This episode has been parodied several times in other television series: The Simpsons in the "Treehouse of Horror VII" segment, 'The Genesis Tub', South Park in the episode "The Simpsons Already Did It", and Futurama in the episode "Godfellas".

References[edit]

  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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