"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 - Fair