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Monday, October 5, 2015

SCIENCE FICTION THEATRE: Beyond

Hosted by Truman Bradley
Guest Stars:  William Lundigan, Bruce Bennett, Tom Drake, Ellen Drew, Basil Ruysdael
Directed by Herbert L. Strock
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A test pilot tries to convince his superiors that while flying an experimental jet he witnessed a flying saucer alongside him.

The debut episode of this anthology series is a less fantastic outing than one would imagine to launch the series, focusing more on speculation about flying saucers than committing to showing one, and is largely assembled from stock footage, including shots from the producers' film Riders To The Stars. Nevertheless Lundigan does a good job of portraying the pilot who's convinced he's seen a UFO, and the script seems well-based in scientific theory.  However, I'm hoping future episodes have a bit more adventure and fantasy.

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