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On the day the people board the ship, the rescue mission's Colonel Sloane and Benteen's second-in-command, Al Baines, search for Benteen to give him one last chance to change his mind, but he is nowhere to be found. After they give up and leave, Benteen emerges from the top of the cave that had sheltered his people. As the ship prepares for takeoff, Benteen talks to his people as if they are still there. Then, remembering the beauty of Earth, he realizes that he is alone and wants to go home. He rushes out screaming for the ship to come back, but it is too late. He is now stranded on V9-Gamma for the rest of his life, completely alone in the barren, lifeless deserts.

->'''Rod Serling:''' William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god -- now a population of one.

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On the day Thursday, the people board the ship, the rescue mission's Colonel Sloane and Benteen's second-in-command, the colonist Al Baines, search for Benteen to give him one last chance to change his mind, but he is nowhere to be found. After they give up and leave, Benteen emerges from the top of the cave that had sheltered his people. As the ship prepares for takeoff, Benteen talks to his people as if they are still there. Then, remembering the beauty of Earth, he realizes that he is alone and wants to go home. He rushes out screaming for the ship to come back, but it is too late. He is now stranded on V9-Gamma for the rest of his life, completely alone in the barren, lifeless deserts.

->'''Rod Serling:''' ->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god -- now a population of one.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Earth ship Pilgrim I containing 113 people landed on the planet V9-Gamma in August 1991. A rescue ship, the ''Galaxy 6'', arrives to bring the impoverished survivors back to Earth in 2021.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Earth ship Pilgrim I ''Pilgrim I'' containing 113 people landed on the planet V9-Gamma in August 1991. A rescue ship, the ''Galaxy 6'', arrives to bring the impoverished survivors back to Earth in 2021.


* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Earth ship Pilgrim I containing 113 people landed on the planet V9-Gamma in August 1991. A ship arrives to bring the impoverished survivors back to Earth in 2021.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Earth ship Pilgrim I containing 113 people landed on the planet V9-Gamma in August 1991. A ship rescue ship, the ''Galaxy 6'', arrives to bring the impoverished survivors back to Earth in 2021.


* AGodAmI: Sloan sees Benteen as believing this.

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* AGodAmI: Sloan Sloane sees Benteen as believing this.



* WastelandElder: Benteen has done all he can to keep the colonists together and keep their hope for rescue alive, but it's {{Subverted}} when Sloan arrives and provides an escape from the wasteland and Benteen is less than willing to give up his role as a leader. He'd rather keep them on the desert planet, barely scraping out an existence and forever looking to him for guidance, than go back to Earth where they won't need him.

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* WastelandElder: Benteen has done all he can to keep the colonists together and keep their hope for rescue alive, but it's {{Subverted}} when Sloan Sloane arrives and provides an escape from the wasteland and Benteen is less than willing to give up his role as a leader. He'd rather keep them on the desert planet, barely scraping out an existence and forever looking to him for guidance, than go back to Earth where they won't need him.


For thirty years an expedition to the hellish desert planet V9-Gamma was stranded, and the people had no choice but to begin their own small settlement there. The colony's survival was maintained by William Benteen (James Whitmore), a charismatic leader who believes that this strict discipline prevents them from giving up hope in the harsh, unyielding environment. When a rescue mission from Earth finally arrives, Benteen is at first as jubilant as the others, but then he sees his power and influence begin to diminish. When he realizes that the colonists do not want to stay in a group on their return to Earth, he tries to persuade them to stay. Everyone else chooses to return home, but Benteen announces that he will remain behind alone if he must.

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For thirty years years, an expedition to the hellish desert planet V9-Gamma was stranded, and the people had no choice but to begin their own small settlement there. The colony's survival was maintained by William Benteen (James Whitmore), a charismatic leader who believes that this strict discipline prevents them from giving up hope in the harsh, unyielding environment. When a rescue mission from Earth finally arrives, Benteen is at first as jubilant as the others, but then he sees his power and influence begin to diminish. When he realizes that the colonists do not want to stay in a group on their return to Earth, he tries to persuade them to stay. Everyone else chooses to return home, but Benteen announces that he will remain behind alone if he must.



* BinarySuns: V9-Gamma's star system has two suns. As a result, the planet experiences EndlessDaytime. A young boy named Jo-Jo has no concept of what night is.



* {{Commune}}: In order to keep control over "his" people once they return to Earth, Benteen intends to obtain a land grant from the US government so they can set up their own community isolated from the outside world. He takes it for granted that the other survivors will follow him unquestionably. However, when Colonel Sloane advises him to discuss the matter with them, Benteen discovers that they all intend to go their separate way and settle in different states. Benteen is devastated.



* DeathFromAbove: The survivors are forced to take shelter from a meteor storm in a large cavern after the funeral of the woman who committed suicide. The rescue ship ''Galaxy 6'' arrives as soon as the storm is over.
* DrivenToSuicide: Nine people have committed suicide in the last six months in order to escape the hellish conditions of V9-Gamma.



* SingleBiomePlanet: V9-Gamma is a desert planet.

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* SingleBiomePlanet: V9-Gamma is a desert planet.planet due to the fact that its two suns [[EndlessDaytime shine perpetually]].
* SurvivalMantra: Benteen instructs "his" people to chant "There's a ship coming!" in order to maintain a spirit of hope after Al Baines raises doubts in their minds.


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* {{Tuckerization}}: Captain William Benteen is named after Captain Frederick William Benteen, who fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn. The real Benteen is mentioned several times in "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E130The7thIsMadeUpOfPhantoms The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms]]".


->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' This is William Benteen, who officiates on a disintegrating outpost in space. The people are a remnant society who left Earth looking for a Millennium, a place without war, without jeopardy, without fear -- and what they have found is a lonely barren place whose only industry was survival. And that is what they have done for three decades: survive; until the memory of the Earth they came from has become an indistinct and shadowed recollection of another time and another place. One month ago a signal from Earth announced that a ship would be coming to pick them up and take them home. In just a moment we'll hear more of that ship, more of that home, and what it takes out of mind and body to reach it. This is ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' This is William Benteen, who officiates on a disintegrating outpost in space. The people are a remnant society who left Earth looking for a Millennium, a place without war, without jeopardy, without fear -- and what they have found is a lonely barren place whose only industry was survival. And that is what they have done for three decades: survive; until the memory of the Earth they came from has become an indistinct and shadowed recollection of another time and another place. One month ago a signal from Earth announced that a ship would be coming to pick them up and take them home. In just a moment we'll hear more of that ship, more of that home, and what it takes out of mind and body to reach it. This is ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.
the Twilight Zone.

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* SingleBiomePlanet: V9-Gamma is a desert planet.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The Earth ship Pilgrim I containing 113 people landed on the planet V9-Gamma in August 1991. A ship arrives to bring the impoverished survivors back to Earth in 2021.

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* AccentuateTheNegative: Benteen tries to convince the other colonists not to leave by playing up Earth's negative qualities, portraying it as a complete hellhole. In the end, the only person he's able to convince is himself.


* SanitySlippage: Benteen starts to lose it after it becomes clear that he's lost control over the colonists. First, he tries to wreck the ship by attacking it with a pipe. Then after everyone else goes to leave, he hides himself away in the caves and talks to the now-absent colonists. He snaps out of it long enough to realize that he doesn't actually want to stay behind, but by that point, it was too late.

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* SanitySlippage: Benteen starts to lose it after it becomes clear that he's lost control over the colonists. First, he tries to wreck the ship by attacking it with a pipe. Then after everyone else goes to leave, he hides himself away in the caves and talks to the now-absent colonists. He snaps out of it long enough to realize towards the end and realizes that he doesn't actually want to stay behind, but by that point, it was too late.

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* SanitySlippage: Benteen starts to lose it after it becomes clear that he's lost control over the colonists. First, he tries to wreck the ship by attacking it with a pipe. Then after everyone else goes to leave, he hides himself away in the caves and talks to the now-absent colonists. He snaps out of it long enough to realize that he doesn't actually want to stay behind, but by that point, it was too late.

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* WastelandElder: Benteen has done all he can to keep the colonists together and keep their hope for rescue alive, but it's {{Subverted}} when Sloan arrives and provides an escape from the wasteland and Benteen is less than willing to give up his role as a leader. He'd rather keep them on the desert planet, barely scraping out an existence and forever looking to him for guidance, than go back to Earth where they won't need him.


->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' This is William Benteen, who officiates on a disintegrating outpost in space. The people are a remnant society who left Earth looking for a Millennium, a place without war, without jeopardy, without fear- and what they have found is a lonely barren place whose only industry was survival. And that is what they have done for three decades: survive; until the memory of the Earth they came from has become an indistinct and shadowed recollection of another time and another place. One month ago a signal from Earth announced that a ship would be coming to pick them up and take them home. In just a moment we'll hear more of that ship, more of that home, and what it takes out of mind and body to reach it. This is ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

For thirty years an expedition to the hellish desert planet V9-Gamma was stranded, and the people had no choice but to begin their own small settlement there. The colony's survival was maintained by William Benteen(James Whitmore), a charismatic leader who believes that this strict discipline prevents them from giving up hope in the harsh, unyielding environment. When a rescue mission from Earth finally arrives, Benteen is at first as jubilant as the others, but then he sees his power and influence begin to diminish. When he realizes that the colonists do not want to stay in a group on their return to Earth, he tries to persuade them to stay. Everyone else chooses to return home, but Benteen announces that he will remain behind alone if he must.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling:''' This is William Benteen, who officiates on a disintegrating outpost in space. The people are a remnant society who left Earth looking for a Millennium, a place without war, without jeopardy, without fear- fear -- and what they have found is a lonely barren place whose only industry was survival. And that is what they have done for three decades: survive; until the memory of the Earth they came from has become an indistinct and shadowed recollection of another time and another place. One month ago a signal from Earth announced that a ship would be coming to pick them up and take them home. In just a moment we'll hear more of that ship, more of that home, and what it takes out of mind and body to reach it. This is ''Series/TheTwilightZone''.

For thirty years an expedition to the hellish desert planet V9-Gamma was stranded, and the people had no choice but to begin their own small settlement there. The colony's survival was maintained by William Benteen(James Benteen (James Whitmore), a charismatic leader who believes that this strict discipline prevents them from giving up hope in the harsh, unyielding environment. When a rescue mission from Earth finally arrives, Benteen is at first as jubilant as the others, but then he sees his power and influence begin to diminish. When he realizes that the colonists do not want to stay in a group on their return to Earth, he tries to persuade them to stay. Everyone else chooses to return home, but Benteen announces that he will remain behind alone if he must.



->'''Rod Serling:''' William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god-now a population of one.

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->'''Rod Serling:''' William Benteen, who had prerogatives: he could lead, dictate, judge, legislate. It became a habit, then a pattern and finally a necessity. William Benteen, once a god-now god -- now a population of one.



* BittersweetEnding: the colonists escape, but Benteen is left all alone, pleading to go back to Earth.

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* BittersweetEnding: the The colonists escape, but Benteen is left all alone, pleading to go back to Earth.

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* AGodAmI: Sloan sees Benteen as believing this.

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* FatalFlaw: Benteen's stubbornness and need for control.
* HeroAntagonist: Colonel Sloane.

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