The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 25

The Mutant

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 16, 1964 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • My rating: 2 - Poor

    "The Mutant" seems entirely slapped together. While the bulging eyeballs of mutant Reese are fun, the rest of the episode isn't. From the cheesy, studded 2x4 walls of the living quarters to the recycled, mutated Zanti Misfit, it all seems so cheap. The story, which there isn't much of, basically consists of people going in and out of doors and running back and forth between the compound and a cave.The silliness of Betsy Jones-Moreland as Julie running through the woods in high heels and tight skirt is really too much to take. The love affair of Julie and Dr. Evan Marshall is dwelled upon far too long, in fact the whole relationship hardly seems necessary at all. The best scene is when Reese catches Chandler trying to tell Dr. Marshall about Reese's murderous ways. It's a good scene which is strangely shown in the two minute teaser before the control voice signals the opening credits. To have it repeated just a few minutes into the program is ridiculous. There is a decent effect that occurs when Reese touches someone. Simply laying his hand on his victims stuns then disintegrates them. The effect looks a lot like the "phaser" effect made famous in Star Trek. "The Mutant" is not up to par with most other Outer Limits episodes and probably won't appeal to anyone other than the most hardcore fan of the show.

    My rating: 2 - Poor
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