The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 9

Corpus Earthling

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 18, 1963 on ABC
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Episode Summary

A man with a steel plate in his head overhears conversations about global conquest. But all he sees are a bunch of rocks.

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  • A Good Plot is Best When Re-used

    Complete with the man-with-a-plate-in-his-head feature, The Brain Stealers, by Murray Leinster (1947 serial & 1954 novel) is very close to this story.

    That said, this was one of the creepier OL episodes and, I thought, well-acted.
  • The Talking Rocks one

    Say whatever you will, this one will always likely be remembered as the episode of the Talking Rocks. It's hard really to get beyond the goofiness of that (or of the metal plate somehow proving to be an antenna for their speech). When Culp heads out into the desert and tumbleweeds go blowing past, I had a passing thought that maybe he could ask Eddie Albert and June Havoc for their advice on how to handle his problem! lolmoreless
  • Not bad, not great....

    This is a bit of a strange episode, to say the least. As a result of a freak accident, Paul Cameron, ably played by series mainstay Robert Culp, is able to hear the telepathic communication that is ongoing between two seemingly ordinary rocks. Realizing their murderous intentions, Paul desperately races to stop their plan for world conquest in a fast paced episode. The ending, for me, was a bit on the sloppy side as I don't think it answers all the questions a viewer might have about the episode.

    Nevertheless, a fun installment to watch!moreless
  • A poor script beautifully directed.

    "Corpus Earthling" is, as a script, one of the poorer "Outer Limits" episodes. It's cheap pulp shlock of the "humans taken over by aliens" genre that was old and overdone 20 years before.

    What makes it a standout is the superb direction. The execution is so dark and morbid -- sci-fi noir, if you like -- that one forgets just how hackneyed a story it is. Not only does the principal character go through hell, but ihis wife apparently dies. This is unusual, even for an anthology series -- most TV shows have "happy" endings.

    Robert Culp's contribution is invaluable. I've never seen an actor, anywhere, who expresses love for women as Culp does. (Kind of hard to believe he was married five times.) In "Corpus Earthling", as in "The Architects of Fear", you truly believe that he's totally devoted to his wife.

    "Corpus Earthling" is an excellent example of how good acting and creative direction can turn a mediocre script into something memorable.moreless
  • One of the weaker episodes

    This episode just does not live up to the overall quality of the series. The good-ol’ metal-plate-in-the-head lets Robert Culp listen in on plotting alien rocks, but for some reason the concept of threatening rocks which also morph into attacking blobs seems more hokey than otherworldly. In other episodes everyday items do take on a new twist, but here it just does not work effectively.

Robert Culp

Robert Culp

Dr. Paul Cameron

Guest Star

Salome Jens

Salome Jens

Laurie Cameron

Guest Star

Barry Atwater

Barry Atwater

Dr. Jonas Temple

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) Two black crystalline rocks: unclassifiable. Objects on the border between the living and the nonliving. A reminder of the thin line that separates the animate from the inanimate. Something to ponder on. Something to stay the hand when it reaches out innocently for the whitened pebble, the veined stone, the dead unmoving rocks of our planet.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Rocks: silent, inanimate objects torn from the Earth's ancient crust. Yielding up to man over the long centuries all that is in know of the planet on which we live withholding from man forever their veiled secrets of the nature of matter and cosmic catastrophe, the secrets of other worlds in the vastness of the universe, of other forms of life, of strange organisms beyond the imagination of man.

  • NOTES (1)

    • At one point during the episode where Robert Culp's character hears a disturbance in the hall of his apartment, his wife checks it out and states that "It's Billy Fraker, he's been drinking again." It was a kind nod to Billy or William Fraker who happened to be the uncredited cameraman on this episode.