The Outer Limits - Original

Season 2 Episode 13

The Duplicate Man

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 19, 1964 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Henderson James has two problems: one, the creature in his basement is outlawed; two, it has escaped. The unusual steps he takes to kill it reveal the fault lines in his marriage and his friendships.

    From the first thirty seconds, you might realize that you have stumbled across a hidden gem. The attention to detail demonstrated in this episode, from the biological details of the museum creatures, to the futuristic police cars and houses, all reinforce this initial gut feeling (only the main alien comes across as lackluster). The plot hurtles along like a truck without brakes headed down a hill, picking up intrigue and tension through every unexpected twist and turn. You're not sure how the story will end until the very last minute -- it is a masterwork of plotting. Even the characters are finely-crafted, often catching you unawares with their depth. In short, this episode is mandatory viewing for OL fans.
  • Intriguing episode

    The strength of this episode is twofold: the fine performance of Constance Towers as the wife of the clone and the writing. There's a lot to think about with this episode and the concept of cloning would become a big issue decades later. I agree with the other poster who said that the megasoid did not seem scary enough. I also found it laughable that the phones they are using are rotary-dial phones. At one point the year 1986 is mentioned, as a reference to something in the clearly, the writers should've known that if phones have video capabilities in the future, they would probably be button-operated and that dials would be obsolete. Aside from this use of a 1960s telephone, the rest of the story seemed very credible...and hauntingly prophetic.