The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 22

Specimen: Unknown

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1964 on ABC
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Scientists on a space station discover an unusual and dangerous plant.

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  • Deadly alien flowers.

    Even though I classfied this episode as average, it's one of my favorite episodes, maybe at number twelve. I mean, it still has some decent special effects and the fact that at least the first-half of the story takes place in outer-space holds my attention, because it's outer space which appeals to me. So maybe in that sense,I'm somewhat biased in my reaction.

    Also enjoyed the presence of actor Russell Johnson as an astronaut. That actor always seemed the studious type, and that attitude of mine was influenced by his Professorial role in Giligan's Island. Too bad that Mr. Johnson is too old now, otherwise he would have been perfect for the role of Reed Richards in the recent movie FANTASTIC FOUR.

    I agree with most fans that the alien flowers are NOT menacing enough,if at all. So what holds my attention are the scenes in outer space. I even enjoy the e.v.a.(extra-vehicular)scene where an astronaut floats Outside the space-ship to do repairs. That scene has been criticized as being much too long and much too slow-moving, but that's why a vcr has a fast-forward button.moreless

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    • Control Voice: (closing narration) There are many things up there. Evil and hungry, awesome and splendid, and gentle things as too, merciful things... like rain.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) For centuries, man has looked to the skies and sought to uncover the mystery of the universe. The telescope brought into focus the craters on the moon and the canals on Mars, but it was limited and man's insistent hunger for knowledge and experience would not be satisfied until be broke the massive chains of gravity and set foot himself on a planet other than his own. Project Mercury was his first venture into space, a testament to his technical ingenuity and courage, a green light to a hundred other projects which would take him still further. This is Project Adonis. A laboratory orbiting a thousand miles above the earth, a tiny far flung world connected only by radio and memory, and inhabited by a handful of men dedicated to removing the unknown for future space travelers. At ten minutes after six, on January 8th Lieutenant Rubert Howard stumbled upon something clinging to the wall of the space lock that appeared alive He called them space barnacles for temporary identification. They were not.

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