The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 28

The Special One

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1964 on ABC

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  • My rating: 3 - Fair

    The first time I viewed "The Special One", I didn't think there was anything special about it at all. Upon further review, it still isn't all that special. What it is though is an okay but slow story about an alien named Mr. Zeno who is sent from the planet Xenon to educate children to assist in Xenon's future invasion of Earth. One thing is apparent right away, Mr. Zeno is not particularly good at carrying out his mission because he's discovered by the parents of both children he attempts to abduct. Luckily for Zeno he is able to control the minds of the parents, forcing one to jump to his death from a high rise window. There are a lot of holes in this story, not the least of which is a 14-year old child out thinking a supposedly advanced alien menace. There is a neat special effect with Mr. Zeno materializing from a flash of lightning. This is one of the best effects of any Outer Limits episode. The 14-year old boy is relatively believable here and Marion Ross of "Happy Days" fame is lively and gives some grounding to the whole affair. Mr. Zeno's struggle near the end of the story is almost entirely shown in slow motion and it's evident this was done to pad out a too-short episode. "The Special One" is one of the less impressive entries of the Outer Limits first season.
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