The Outer Limits - Original

Season 2 Episode 14


Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 26, 1964 on ABC

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  • Eight people are selected to see if they can coexist on a dry-run simulation flight to the planet Antheon. If they prove they get along they will be selected for the real space flight.

    Mark Twain once said that Wagner's music was better than it sounded. The same can be said of "Counterweight." It is better than it looks. The concept is intriguing enough. Instead of a bunch of intrepid, handsome heroes going into space, why not a cross section of everyday people who are specialists; business man, journalist, anthropologist, doctor, etc? Well cast with just a couple of too many male members. Another female passenger would have been nice to offset the harried and frustrated Jacqueline Scott. The quarters are awfully close. The sexual revolution had not hit full stride and there is no hint of sexual tension (until Scott's breakdown toward the end of the episode) that most certainly would have been present in any series after "The Outer Limits." Eddie Albert should have been in this episode instead of that awful "Cry of Silence." There are several hints of something mysterious going on until the final payoff. The monster (just a bit too hammy as most 'monsters' were in "The Outer Limits") is wonderfully conceived and is, indeed, just at the limits of our imagination. Slow going at times, with an annoying performance by Michael Constantine, "Counterweight" does have its little gems for the patient viewer.
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