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Recap / The Twilight Zone S 3 E 93 The Little People

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Fletcher beholds the Little People's statue of Craig.

Rod Serling: The time is the space age, the place is a barren landscape of a rock-walled canyon that lies millions of miles from the planet Earth. The cast of characters? You've met them: William Fletcher, commander of the spaceship; his co-pilot, Peter Craig. The other characters who inhabit this place you may never see, but they're there, as these two gentlemen will soon find out. Because they're about to partake in a little exploration into that gray, shaded area in space and time that's known as the Twilight Zone.

Astronauts William Fletcher (Claude Akins) and Peter Craig (Joe Maross), each of whom happens to be the chief thorn in the other's side, set down in a canyon on another planet to repair their ship. While scouting around, Craig finds a city populated by people no bigger than ants.

He begins terrorizing the population by crushing three of their buildings (Fletcher interferes with his destruction), proclaiming himself a god; although Fletcher said that the people are no different than we are, Craig believes that they've "been created in his image", even going so far as forcing them to build a life-size statue of him. Fletcher comes to inform him the repairs are done and they can depart, but Craig pulls a gun on him and orders Fletcher to leave him alone; there's no room for two gods.

Fletcher leaves disgustedly and, immediately, another ship lands. Two spacemen, big as 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.


Rod Serling: The case of navigator Peter Craig, a victim of a delusion. In this case, the dream dies a little harder than the man. A small exercise in space psychology that you can try on for size in the Twilight Zone.


  • Always a Bigger Fish: Peter Craig was a giant to the Little People, then he meets people who are giants to him.
  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After their "god" Peter Craig is killed by a giant spaceman, the little people gleefully pull down the statue of Craig that they had been forced to make.
  • Asshole Victim: Peter Craig.
  • Binary Suns: The planet has two suns.
  • Chromosome Casting: This episode has an all-male cast.
  • The Devil: What Fletcher accuses Craig of being rather than a god.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: The alien who killed Craig crushed him by accident while curiously trying to pick him up. He felt bad for it.
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  • A God Am I: Peter Craig.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Fletcher is easily the morally superior of the two, but he's very stern and short tempered himself. Justified, having Craig as a co-pilot. Though he apologizes to the Little People and plead that they don't hold the human race accountable for Craig's actions.
  • Here We Go Again!: Subverted. After Craig dies, one of the giants wonders if there are other tiny aliens around. However, instead of looking for them, he joins his partner in getting to work repairing their ship.
  • Human Aliens: The giant spacemen.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: Tiny aliens (smaller than ants) worship Peter Craig, who discovers (and later mistreats) them.
  • Irony:
    • The giant spacemen wonder if there's any other "little people" but have no time to look as they're repairing their ship and leave. Also they apparently have a better working relationship than Fletcher and Craig.
    • Craig compares the Little People creating the statue to the Lilliputians tying up Gulliver. He is later killed by two Brobdingnagian-like aliens.
    • Craig enjoys crushing the little people's houses, likely killing many of them, in order to demonstrate his power over them whereas the giant alien who accidentally kills Craig feels guilty about it.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: After Fletcher rightfully tells Craig that he's out of his gourd, Craig tries to shoot him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Peter Craig is killed by a giant spaceman in the end.
  • Lilliputians: Craig discovers a race of tiny people.
  • Must Make Amends: Fletcher begging the little people for forgiveness for what Craig did to them, in hopes that they'll forgive the human race as a whole.
  • Sanity Slippage: Craig's sanity deteriorates as soon as he meets the little people, spiralling into a full blown God complex.
  • Square-Cube Law: Apparently, the giant aliens have never heard of it.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Craig fires a stray bullet when Fletcher tells him he's really lost it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Fletcher and Craig can't stand each other, but Fletcher at least tries to put that aside so they can both get home.
  • Toppled Statue: The little people topple it on Craig's body, just for further emphasis.
  • The Un-Reveal: We never get to see what the little aliens actually look like (though they're more than likely Human Aliens).
  • Villainous Breakdown: In his final moments, Craig is left futilely screaming at the giant aliens to go away, that he is the god, not them. Which ends with him screaming in pain as one of them accidentally kills him.
  • Villain Protagonist: Peter Craig.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Craig has no problem bullying and terrorizing the little people. Fletcher, meanwhile, averts it by denouncing Craig's actions and sincerely apologizing for what's happened.


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