People Are Alike All Over
Season 1, Episode 25
People Are Alike All Over (25 Mar. 1960)
Two astronauts, Biologist Sam Conrad (Roddy McDowall) and Marc Marcusson, are scheduled to go on a mission to Mars. Conrad, who has a more cynical view of human interplanetary nature, is genuinely concerned about what they will find there. The mission commander, Mark Marcusson, is a positive thinker who believes that people are alike all over, even on the Red Planet. He tells Conrad there's nothing to worry about as he firmly believes that God made everyone in his image and no matter what they find, he is certain that people are alike all over. They crash-land on Mars and Marcusson dies from his injuries. Conrad is happy to find that the people of Mars are very human-like, friendly and intelligent. They provide him with a home and promise him much more. Too late however he realizes that, just as Marcusson had said, people are alike all over. Watch the full episode HERE.
Musings: The idea that people are alike all over is a comforting one as long as you acknowledge that people aren't perfect, just human. Over the years I've learned that in order to get along you have to filter the good from the bad. Although the ending of this T.Z episode had one of those unexpected endings that revealed the ugly side of our similarities, I still enjoy getting to know people and trying to find our commonalities. I am fortunate enough to live in a friendly multi-cultural neighborhood where we have summer potlucks and exchange holiday gifts. Living here has given me an opportunity to realize that although we may wear different masks– Armenian, American, French, Hungarian,Filipino, Latino, underneath, people really are alike all over.
How do you view human nature? Are you a skeptic like Conrad or a positive thinker like Marcusson? Do you think people are alike all over?