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The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 27

Fun and Games

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 1964 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Two Earth people are transported to an alien planet, along with two aliens. They are told by their abductors that they will fight each other to the death. The stakes are high: the homeworld of the losers will be destroyed slowly, for the further amusement of their captors.


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  • My rating: 6 - Good

    The Senator. The Anderan Senator turns an otherwise underwhelming episode, "Fun And Games", into an enjoyable hour of sci-fi. The Senator is an alien from the advanced civilization of Andera who abducts "teams" of beings from other planets to battle each other to the death. The winning team and their planet is allowed to survive while the losers and their planetary brethren are slowly destroyed by Andera. This is a great concept in that the destruction of a planet is done by the Anderans purely for their own entertainment, not for conquest. The Senator sits behind a circular desk in a dimly lit control room and transports unknowing contestants here to instruct them on the rules and stakes of the Anderan game. The Senator obviously enjoys his work as he wisecracks and heartily laughs at the predicaments of the contestants. In fact, mental torture might be a good way to describe his actions. Earth's contestants, Mike and Laura, are pitted on a planet called "The Arena" against a male and female pair from the Calco galaxy. A rather lame fight to the death ensues on the planet's surface. Throughout the battle, the Calco male uses his own weapon, a sharp-edged boomerang. He throws the boomerang numerous times, mostly missing Mike and Laura every time. At one point, passive cheerleader-like Laura picks up the weapon which is totally foreign to her, and throws it perfectly, striking the Calco being squarely in the head. Very convenient. The Calco beings are not very effective, but neither are their human counterparts. Overall, this is another good episode thanks in large part to the Anderan Senator character.moreless
  • Obnoxious at first glance, but the Nick Adams' character is more than meets the eye.

    The Mike Benson character as played by Nick Adams is very obnoxious. He is very cocky and sarcastic. If you met such a person in Real life, you would want to punch him in the face. But here in The Outer Limits, we find in his conversations with Laura Hanley that he had developed a severe Claustrophia from his earlier youth, a claustrophia which had carried over to his adulthood. Gradually, as the episode develops, we see that under that facade of bitterness and toughness, he has a hidden REDEEMING quality. Mike Benson's Redeeming quality is finally brought to the surface when Laura Hanley tries to sacrifice herself.

    What we as the audience can learn from this episode is to NOT judge a person by his surface-appearance or at first glance. Sometimes it takes time to know about a person, to become familiar with him. The dialogues in this episode between Benson and Laura Hanley are very enlightening in that a man whom we first regard as obnoxious becomes a likeable man in the end.moreless
Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Mike Benson

Guest Star

Nancy Malone

Nancy Malone

Laura Hanley

Guest Star

Bill Hart

Bill Hart

Male Primitive

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) There was a moment in time when those who were brilliant and powerful also were playful and when they took recess from their exhausting and magnificent strides toward glory they replenished their darker passions with fun and games. On the planet Earth such pastimes have been civilized and drained of all but their last few drops of blood.

    • The Senator: Never turn your back on the enemy, Mr. Benson. I thought you'd have learned that grisly fact by now.

    • The Senator: You are not dead. Strange. Yours is the only race whose members ask first if they are dead. Are all of you that preoccupied with death?
      Mike: It's the only game you can't win.

    • Laura: You said you'd explain.
      The Senator: When civilized creatures have conquered all that they believe to be worth conquering, then one conquest remains. One elusive conquest. Pleasure. Here on Andera, we are finished with warring, and plundering is done. Our citizens enjoy self-respect, peace, and affluence. But a high order of civilization does not lift the low order of passion. And so such passions must be both appeased and controlled.

    • Mike: You know, I may be wrong but I read you to be one of those "save your humanity" types.
      Laura: Do you?

    • Mike: Five years. Long enough to enjoy just about all there is in the world to enjoy.
      Laura: Like raising a child.
      Mike: I don't think I'd enjoy that. My parents always said I was a whole lot of trouble.

    • Mike: You want to face those monsters in the arena? You want to die on some unpleasant planet you never heard of? What for? What do you owe the human race?
      Laura: Nothing. Except my own humanity.

    • Mike: Well, you want to know what us fighters think about you cheerleaders? We think you scream from the sidelines because you're scared of getting into the arena and screaming from the kicks and the blows. We think you make us feel guilty so you can go on feeling innocent. Yeah, it really must be nice not to have to get in there and lose.
      Laura: When the team loses, the cheerleader loses, too.
      Mike: Yeah. But it doesn't hurt the same way. You can always get another guy to cheer for. Hey, win or lose, I'm stuck with me.

    • Laura: I might--it might have to happen. it just might have to happen.
      Mike: What?
      Laura: I might have to die up here.
      Mike: That never occur to you before?
      Laura: Yes, yes, but... but very distantly. As if only my mind were thinking it. Now I'm thinking it all over me. My hands and my eyes. All through me.
      Mike: The cheerleader needs a cheerleader.

    • Mike: Oh, so you're a psychiatrist, too, huh? As well as being a cheerleader and a missionary and a savior of humanity.
      Laura: I'm a lot of things.
      Mike: That's why I like you. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's a girl who's not a lot of things.

    • The Senator: Well, what's the difference who saves the human race? The dull fact is, it's been saved.
      Laura: It does matter. When someone dies, it must matter.

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