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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

THE OUTER LIMITS: The Architects Of Fear

Guest Stars:  Robert Culp, Leonard Stone, Martin Wolfson, Geraldine Brooks, Hal Bokar
Directed by Byron Haskin
(actor & director credits courtesy

A top secret agency, in an effort to distract Earth's warring nations, surgically alters one of their own men, and plans to introduce him to the world as an authentic alien invader.

This episode is well-filmed, with strong performances and a clever makeup for the alien Culp is transformed into, but the script leaves a bit too much unsaid.  We know that the agency is trying to distract the world from its wrong-headed conflicts, and force them to unite against this alien presence, but it's never explained how, nor is Brooks' psychic connection to her husband which is used to unravel the plot.  Nonetheless, it's another showcase for the unique aliens of this series compared to previous film efforts and the less-inspired creations in many sci-fi series to come.

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