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The Outer Limits - Original

Season 2 Episode 3

Behold, Eck!

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 1964 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A scientist invents a pair of glasses which enable him to see and communicate with a two dimensional being.

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  • Not bad not great but awesome

    The first thing I consider here, is that this WAS made in---which year---1964 or '65? And on a television budget for that day and age, which wasn't much. Yes, the special effects are primitive, for those of you spoiled on CGI, but they didn't have that then. I just watched this for the first time last night, and I enjoyed the casting, the story, the characters, and pretty much everything about it. And it's guys like Dr. James Stone (people like him DO exist), that today make it possible for you to have your vision corrected to the extent that you don't even need to wear glasses. I've watched several episodes of The Outer Limits since then---Behold Eck! was the first episode I've ever seen---and I'm still looking for one that's as good as this one.moreless
  • Not bad not great

    This is one of your ho-hum, run of the mill episodes. The show in general is entertaining every time for me no matter what, so I enjoyed it. But obviously some episodes are better than others. There's nothing wrong with it. Entertaining, but kind of a throw away episode. If it's on, watch it. It's still better then most stuff on TV.
  • My rating: 3 - Fair

    "Behold Eck" is definitely one of the less popular episodes of the Outer Limits. After a few viewings, there seems no doubt that it is a story trying to be funny. From the goofball lead, Dr. James Stone, to the four-eyed alien Eck, there are many efforts made to be funny here. Dr. Stone own an optometric lab where he makes prescription lenses for eyeglasses. Peter Lind Hayes as Dr. James Stone was actually a fun character especially early in the episode. His all-business demeanor and pre-occupation with his own studies make him appear to be lost in his own little world. His assistant, Elizabeth Dunn, seems to worship the ground he walks on. She brings the focus (no pun intended) to Dr. Stone's practice. Without her, it is doubtful Dr. Stone would last a day. The idea of a two-dimensional creature in a three-dimensional world is attractive. It is unfortunate that it was executed like this. The alien Eck is a disappointing special effect, even for early '60s television. Actually, he seems to be a pretty stupid alien and it's not hard to see (again, no pun intended) how he could have gotten lost. Dr. Stone and Miss Dunn help Eck in his attempt to return to his world by making him a special lens that will allow him to see where he is going. Eck is not able to see well and has caused a number of inadvertent injuries and deaths (not funny) because of it. A couple of appealing effects is a still shot of a skyscraper sliced in two and a hole in a wall (think Wile E. Coyote) left by a hastily escaping Eck. All in all, "Behold Eck!" is a dismal volume in the Outer Limits library.

    My rating: 3 - Fairmoreless
  • Overdramatic bug-eyed-monster episode.

    While the science behind this episode is possible, and while the characters themselves were interesting, the plot was predictable and the acting was highly variable (at times, perfect and at times, horribly stilted). Also, the interesting ideas were counterbalanced by overdramatic or generic ones that revealed poor plotting. Really, now. Was the bit about the world ending if one bird gets through the time warp back to Eck's home world necessary? Wasn't it enough that a 2-D creature existed? Did we really need the standard "all aliens are dangers to society" police routine? If you're looking for a good TOL episode, you can do better.moreless
  • Bottom of the barrel in that it's much too preposterous.

    When I criticize this episode as preposterous, what I refer to is the absurdity of the alien being two-dimensional. In the episode, the Optometrist tries to explain the principle by using a sheet of paper, saying that when the alien shows only the SIDE of his body that it becomes "invisible." That comparison between the alien and a sheet of paper does not make sense at all, because if you look at the EDGE of a sheet of paper, it STILL has a thickness, a depth. So the idea that an object can be Two-dimensional makes no sense at all. In order for any object to have substance, it has to have THREE dimensions.moreless
Peter Lind Hayes

Peter Lind Hayes

Dr. James Stone

Guest Star

Joan Freeman

Joan Freeman

Elizabeth Dunn

Guest Star

Parley Baer

Parley Baer

Dr. Bernard Stone

Guest Star

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Voice of Eck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Plot Holes: Throughout this episode, Eck (the two-dimensional being) is trying to find his way back to a "time-warp" or "rift" back to his two-dimensional world so that he may pass through it and close it, lest something from our three-dimensional plane "like a bird, or a plane" passes through it on accident, causing spacetime to break and the world to be destroyed. This leaves us all to pose the question: do floating air and dust particles not count as three-dimensional objects?

    • A comma never actually appeared in the title of this episode until its release on video. It was printed as "Behold, Eck!" on the video box.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Since the first living thing gazed upward through the darkness, man has seldom been content merely to be born, to endure, and to die. With a curious fervor he has struggled to unlock the mysteries of creation and of the world in which he lives. Sometimes he has won. Sometimes he has lost. And sometimes, in the tumbling torrents of space and time, he has brief glimpses of a world he never even dreams.

    • Eck: (Responding to the question, "how can you communicate" ) I cannot explain. I absorb. I integrate. I know.

    • Dr. James Stone: (Speaking to his secretary about Eck) Now why should these particular lenses make him visible when nothing else does?
      Elizabeth Dunn: Perhaps because they're made from material which came from another world.
      Dr. James Stone: What?
      Elizabeth Dunn: Meteoric quartz. You said it had unusual refraction indices.
      Dr. James Stone: That's it! I'd forgotten. Meteoric quartz. Of course!

    • George Wilkerson: (Speaking to Dr. James Stone about Eck) Nobody believes me. They think I'm crazy. Well, I'm not! You hear me? I'm not! I tell you, I saw a creature! Something so frightening....

    • Eck: In my world, nothing can prevail against fire. You could not understand, it is too different, too far removed from anything you could imagine. It is not even a world at all, as you think of it.

    • Eck: (Speaking to Dr. James Stone & Elizabeth Dunn) Now I can find the opening of the passageway into time. Oh, thank you. I'll remember you both, always.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) Paradoxically, man's endless search for knowledge has often plundered his courage and warped his vision, so that he has faced the unknown with terror rather than awe, and probed the darkness with a scream rather than a light. Yet there have always been men who have touched the texture of tomorrow with understanding and courage. Through these men, we may yet touch the stars.

  • NOTES (1)

    • According to The Outer Limits Companion by David J. Schow, this episode is based on the novel Flatland by Edwin Abbot, although Seeleg Lester is quoted as saying "It had no relation to our story other than the idea of a two-dimensional world."