Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Outer Limits - Season One, Episode Twenty-Nine - A Feasibility Study - Original Air Date, April 13, 1964
I was pretty certain I had seen every original Outer Limits episode, but for some reason this title didn't bring any images to mind. But I do have to admit that this is one of the creepiest episodes of The Outer Limits that I've seen. This episode stars Sam Wanamaker, Phyllis Love, Joyce Van Patten and David Opatoshu. It's produced and written by Joseph Stefano and directed by Byron Haskin, with music by Dominic Frontiere.
Ralph Cashman (Opatoshu) starts his day with a shot of booze and half a pretzel, and it's off to the office (I think it's actually Sunday) to put in a few hours of work. After stepping outside for the morning paper, his wife Rhea (Van Patten) tells him about a strange mist outside. What they don't know is that the mysterious mist and the ominous cloud filled sky that blocks out most of the sunlight conceal strange beings from another planet who are observing the humans.
When Simon changes his mind about going to church and returns to his house and his wife Andrea (Love), they encounter one of the strange beings. After realizing what's happening the humans gather together in a church to make a final stand against the alien threat.
Lots of people try to compare The Outer Limits with The Twilight Zone, and some prefer one over the other. I sat here for a while and tried to decide which I liked better and it's really a tough call. I can't really say one series is better than the other. They both have some remarkable episodes. The Outer Limits has some stand-out episodes like The Sixth Finger, I, Robot and The Zanti Misfits. While The Twilight Zone has classic episodes like The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street, The Shelter, and Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. And both series have a few episodes that maybe just aren't as fun or entertaining to watch (I'm trying to refrain from using the word bad because I don't think either series has any really bad episodes). Both have incredible writers and storylines and both have pretty good special effects. Please feel free to leave some comments and let me know which series you prefer, and the titles of some of your favorite episodes ...
"Feasibility study ended ... Abduction of human race ? ..." You'll have to watch and find out.
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