The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 26

The Guests

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 23, 1964 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • My rating: 5 - Good

    A wildly strange episode, "The Guests" is a love story and a tale of alien abduction wrapped into one. Loner Wade Norton is driving on an old country road when he nearly hits an old man who collapses on the side of the road. Wade goes looking for help and finds an old mansion which is "home" to three oddball characters and a beautiful young woman named Tess. The house has another strange resident, namely an alien blob that looks like a combination of silicone and jello. This is one of the greatest things about the original "Outer Limits" series. It's monsters and aliens were always so unique and imaginative. Wade is continually interrogated by the alien, who is trying to find the missing emotion that will help it figure out man's destiny. This episode is filled with odd imagery. The alien brain fronts a background of rapidly moving clouds in one scene. The mansion itself is also subject to some eerie effects during the episode. Inside the mansion, strange lighting, long hallways and multiple doorways confuse Wade during his search for a way out of the house. The acting here is well done. The three oddballs accentuate the implied sanity of Wade and Tess. "The Guests" is not the best example of a typical "Outer Limits" story. It's mix of haunted house meets science fiction is not entirely representative of the series, but it is definitely entertaining.
  • A drifter stumbles onto a mansion in which the chracters are held captive by a strange alien being. Very complex and deep story line!!!

    I think this was one of the most emotional episodes. Specifically, choices about life, death, the ability to leave the past behind and move forward. I think all the actors do a great job and lend an air of remorse and nostalgia to the episode. This episodes mixes pure science fiction with a deep sense of emotions for the characters.
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