"The Forms of Things Unknown" is actually one of the stranger entries of The Outer Limits series. It was actually developed as a pilot for a new show but was reworked to fit into the Outer Limits format. This episode is gothic horror as opposed to the usual sci-fi style of the series. David McCallum stars in the episode as Tone, a young man brought back from death, who is consumed with his efforts to control time. McCallum does some good work here, giving Tone an almost juvenile wonder about "tilting" the past into the present. Vera Miles and Barbara Rush play two women, Kassia and Leonora, who are trying to hide the fact that they've just murdered Andre, a manipulative villian with a plan to blackmail Leonora's rich father. Vera Miles is, as always, stunning here where Barbara Rush adequately plays the part of the naive, but guilty victim. Sir Cedric Hardwicke is Colas, the blind owner of the mansion where the entire story takes place. Hardwicke is practically awful and it's pretty funny to watch just how poorly he performs this role. The story is entertaining enough, but the characters aren't really very interesting. Tone's time machine is a neat creation of clocks and wire but all of the other sets and props are uninspiring. One of the most disjointed moments is the crash of Andre's Rolls Royce. The slow speed of the car hardly leaves the impression that it could have caused such an incredible crash. As a closing episode of the first season of the greatest sci-fi series ever, it is a misplaced disappointment.
My rating: 3 - Fair