The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 3

The Architects Of Fear

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 30, 1963 on ABC

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  • Allen Leighton is chosen to undergo a surgical alteration into a mutant. It is hoped that a mutual fear of this creature, and promised attacks, will prevent nations from going to war. Complications arise when Leighton's pregnant wife becomes suspicious.

    The only flaw in this incident is that the threat by the creature is not enough. What if the bluff is called? This is only a minor glitch, because the rest of the story is so wonderfully written and acted. Robert Culp is terrific as Leighton. His wife is equally as good. It is obvious that they are very much in love (and not just because she becomes pregnant). A hand signal (heart to heart) is woven into the story neatly. At the end **spoiler alert** the creature lands its ship in the woods by the lab and is shot by hunters. Terribly wounded, it hobbles into the lab. Spotting the frightened wife, it repeats their hand signal (heart to heart). Now she knows the truth! As the scientists rush in, the creature dies, and with it, so does their foolish dream.
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