The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 27

Fun and Games

1
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 30, 1964 on ABC
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

7.9
out of 10
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34 votes
  • My rating: 6 - Good

    6.0
    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.
  • Obnoxious at first glance, but the Nick Adams' character is more than meets the eye.

    9.9
    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.
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