Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas: “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"

Last evening I listened to “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" (35 min.), an episode from The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas that aired in the mid-2000s and is archived on TalkZone.

Based on the 1961 television episode of The Twilight Zone and starring actor Richard Kind with narration by Stacy Keach, "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" is about two state troopers who investigate a rural UFO sighting. The troopers question seven people at a roadside diner who all claim to be from Earth, even though one of them is not.

Sadly, this radio adaptation is not very good. Kind’s performance is solid but several of the other participants don’t portray their characters in a convincing manner and Keach’s narration sounds winded.

Interestingly, one of the characters in "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?" utters these lines: "Just like a real science fiction story, that's what she is, like a regular Ray Bradbury. Six humans and one monster, all the way from outer space. Wonder if it came from Mars or from Venus."

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