The Outer Limits - Original

Season 1 Episode 13

Tourist Attraction

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Dec 23, 1963 on ABC
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Episode Summary

In a South American country, a group of explorers discover a prehistoric monster in an ancient lake. The discovery leads them into conflict with the country's dictator.

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  • Black Lagoon redux

    This one basically plays like Creature From the Black Lagoon (and maybe Revenge of the Creature) with some of The Lady From Shanghai thrown into the works. By the episode's end you're pretty much forced to side with the ancient reptilian critters, if for no other reason than that all (or most) of the humans seem rather repellent. There's no one to care for or be interested in here, all of which makes for a pretty flat and uninvolving hour.moreless
  • Good looking scenery...empty script....

    Tourist Attraction is an episode that takes place in a fictional South American country and involves the recovery of a sea creature that was long believed only a legend. The American scientist/explorer wants to take the creature back to the US with him but the country's dictator wants to use the sea creature to give his regime creditability. An interesting scene takes place near the end of the episode where the sea creature is rescued by others of its own kind.

    A bit far fetched at times and the acting is a bit wooden, to say the least. If you're watching the series, this is one episode you can skip over.moreless
  • More character study than science-fiction.

    I'm a big fan of the original series because of the far-out concepts every episode. Even today, these shows stand up well because the science aspect is so far on the horizon that none of these concepts have been realized. This episode isn't so heavy on the sci-fi aspect. The writers wonder what if we found a long extinct sea creature that local legend believes is a God.

    However, that plot line kind of takes a back seat to a study of characters. We have the wealthy, rugged individualist. We have his companion, a former magazine writer who is in love with him but frustrated that she can't break through to his humanity. We have a scientist who is competent but revealed to be a coward when under stress. And we have a corrupt socialist dictator, who pretends everything is for the people when in fact everything he does is to enhance his own reputation.

    I found the ideological struggle between the dictator and the wealthy explorer to be the most fascinating part of the episode. The explorer is a self-made man with little patience for incompetence. The dictator is mostly interested in keeping the reptile for a huge tourist attraction he built that is failing miserably. Since the explorer is a man of few words, his silence at the questions by the dictator speak volumes. You can tell he despises the dictator for robbing his people of their individuality and vainly attempting to deliver them a socialist paradise like some kind of God. As this story comes to a climax some aspect seem kind of rushed. The underwater footage with the reptiles are entertaining. You can tell the producers went all out for these, but of course they can't help but look funny in a Godzilla kind of way. The special effects are exceptional for the early sixties, but they do show their age of course. That's one aspect of the show that makes it even more entertaining.moreless
Ralph Meeker

Ralph Meeker

John Dexter

Guest Star

Henry Silva

Henry Silva

Juan Mercurio

Guest Star

Janet Blair

Janet Blair

Lynn Arthur

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the scene in which one of the divers is fighting the fish monster underwater, the wires controlling the fish monster are clearly visible.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) The forces of nature will not submit to injustice. No man has the right, nor will the checks and balances of the universe permit him to place his fellows under the harsh yoke of repression Nor may he again place the forces of nature under the triple yoke of vanity, greed, and ambition. In the words of Shelley, "here lies your tyrant who would rule the world immortal".

    • [Second Additional Narration]
      Control Voice: Pressed and strained by constant drilling of ultrasonic beams, the concrete face of the dam cracks and faults. Ten million tons of pressure builds toward ultimate collapse...

    • [First Additional Narration]
      Control Voice: Moving through the deep, protected only by a tank of air and a hunting spear, the scientist-explorer descends beyond the San Blas shelf. But all unknown to him, the observer is himself observed. Hidden in the sinuous rills of seaweed, sightless eyes, blind for centuries, stare out of the abyss. The legendary creature of the deeps, sensing through nerve receptors in its skin, becomes aware of the alien invader, man.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) In man's dark and troubled history there are vestiges of strange Gods. This stone statue was once such a god a thousand years gone by in the central mountains of Pan-America. Today new gods have emerged: the god of power, the god of money. The Republic of San Blaz lies west of the Orinoco Basin, slightly north of the equator. Its principle exports are coffee, copra, mahogany, mace, and saffron. In a hundred odd years the reigns of government have changed many times in blood and fire and death. The last of these revolutions was led by General Juan Mecurio the most absolute and powerful ruler of them all. Only the Indians who live close to old gods in the volcanic uplands are unimpressed. They have seen the coming of conquistadors with the power of their guns and flashing flags, the revolutionaries with the power of their zeal and willingness to die, the Americans with the power of their money and bulldozers with their summer houseboats in the crater lake of Ali Papa with their gadgets and machines and devices.

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