The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 29

A Feasibility Study

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 13, 1964 on ABC
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Inhabitants of a suburb find that their six-block neighborhood has been snatched off to an alien planet. The aliens have been rendered immobile by an infection and they need slaves. They feel that the Earth people would rather become slaves than become infected and thus immobile. The humans surprise them by sacrificing themselves in order to save the rest of humanity from slavery.moreless

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  • My rating: 5 - Good

    A good episode but a bit slow. The Luminoid alien race seemed powerful, even though they were largely immobile (they were basically rocks). The opening space sequence is fun, with planets and stars passing by the camera. The Luminoid spaceship looks like an aluminum badminton birdie, but it's teleportation of the Earth neighborhood is effective, anyway. It is difficult to interpret the "borders" of the teleported community. When the doctor walks through the fog, I guess it represents the end of the Earth neighborhood and the beginning of the planet Luminous. The scene that shows the doctor wandering through fog and past large rocks is effective. It features more mobile (yet still slothful) Luminoids, who pop up from behind the rocks. This comes off as a pretty silly attempt to scare the viewer. I assume these are younger Luminoids who have not yet been immobilized by their advancing age. The infected Earthlings are disappointingly reminiscent of zombies with shiny sores on them. What keeps this episode from being more enjoyable is the casting. The two main female characters played by Joyce Van Patten and Phyllis Love seem lost here, and the male leads of Sam Wanamaker and David Opatoshu are bland. The ending portrays a great sacrifice made by the abducted neighborhood residents.

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    • Control Voice: (opening narration) The planet Luminos a minor planet sultry and simmering, incapacitated. Earth scientists have concluded that there could be no life on Luminos that it is too close to its own sun, that its inhabitants would be victimized by their own blinding atmosphere. But there is life on Luminos, life that should resemble ours, but doesn't, desperate life suffering of great and terrible need. The Luminoids have begun to search the universe in an effort to gratify that need. They seek a planet on which life is healthy, vibrant, strong, and mobile. They need such people: to do their work, to labor and slave for them, to manufacture their splendored dreams. The Luminoids need slaves and they have chosen the planet off which their slaves will be abducted. Not to many at first... a neighborhood perhaps... a neighborhood like mine, or yours. Those who will be abducted sleep in dreamy ignorance unaware that they are about to become the subjects of a grotesque and sophisticated experiment a Feasibility Study.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) "Do not enter upon or cross this area. Do not touch or remove possibly radioactive dirt or rocks. If you have any knowledge concerning this disappearance, please contact your nearest police department." It could have happened to any neighborhood. Had those who lived in this one been less human, less brave, it would have happened to all the neighborhoods of the Earth. Feasibility study ended. Abduction of human race: infeasible.

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