The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 9

Corpus Earthling

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

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  • 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.