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The Outer Limits (1963) ~ S1.E29 ∙ A Feasibility Study

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2024 2:13 pm    Post subject: The Outer Limits (1963) ~ S1.E29 ∙ A Feasibility Study Reply with quote

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All Sci-Fi member Pow has made some remarkable contributions to this board, often sharing information from his own library of reference books devoted to science fiction movies and TV series.

Here's yet another review from Pow which I copied from the five-page thread on this forum and pasted here to start a new thread for this specific episode.
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From The Outer Limits: The Official Companion, "A Feasibility Study" April 13, 1964

Written by Joseph Stefano.

Synopsis: Residents of a six-block section of Midgard Drive in Beverly Hills have been transported to the planet Luminos.

The alien known as the Authority explains to the humans that they are going to test the Earthlings' hardiness as potential slave labor, since a "hot organism in the genes" has rendered the Luminoids "doomed and immobile."

The Authority reasons that the "vain flesh-men" of Earth would prefer slavery to being infected by the touch of the Luminoids. and becoming ugly, motionless rocks, like the aliens have.

If this test case can work, the Luminoids will then kidnap the remainder of Earth's population.

This is a thinly-veiled antislavery diatribe and the most humanitarian script of the series.

Sidebar: I always found this episode to be deeply poignant and powerful and one of TOL finest hours.

It is so good that when TOL was rebooted for television in 1995 they selected 4 episodes from the original series to redo and this was one of them.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prologue, The planet Luminos: A minor planet, sultry and shimmering. Incapacitated. Earth scientists have concluded that there could be no life on Luminos, that it is too close to its own sun, and that its inhabitants would be victimized by their own blighting atmosphere. But there is life on Luminos --- life that should resemble ours, but doesn't. Desperate life, suffering a great and terrible need. The Luminoids have begun to search the universe in an effort to satisfy that need. They seek a planet on which life is healthy, vibrant, strong, and mobile. They need such people to do their work, to labor and slave for them, to manufacture their splendored dreams. The Luminoids need slaves, and they have chosen the planet off which their slaves will be abducted. Not too many at first, a neighborhood-full, perhaps. A neighborhood like mine or yours. Those who will be abducted sleep in dreamy ignorance, unaware that they are about to become the subjects of a grotesque and sophisticated experiment . . . a feasibility study.

Epilogue, "Do not enter upon or cross this area. Do not touch or remove possibly radioactive dirt or rocks. If you have any knowledge concerning this disappearance, please contact your nearest police department. It could have happened to any neighborhood. Had those who lived in this one been less human, less brave, it would have happened to all the neighborhoods of the earth. Feasibility study ended. Abduction of human race: Infeasible.

The Outer Limits: The Official Companion.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. . . Epilogue, "Do not enter upon or cross this area. Do not touch or remove possibly radioactive dirt or rocks. If you have any knowledge concerning this disappearance, please contact your nearest police department."

A six-block section of a suburban neighborhood, apparently including the soil down to bedrock, vanishes overnight? I should think this sort of thing would be beyond the investigative capabilities of local law enforcement. Looks more like a job for the military and the FBI!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I gather you're not very familiar with this episode, Scot.

Actually, I don't remember the episode from the 1960s, but I am familiar with the remake from the more recent Outer Limits series.

If the ending is the same in both, after the humans are taken to the other planet, neither the people (nor the story) returns to Earth. So, the audience never finds out what sort of reaction the people on Earth have to the mysterious disappearance of the humans or the chunk of land.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2024 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
If the ending is the same in both, after the humans are taken to the other planet, neither the people (nor the story) returns to Earth. So, the audience never finds out what sort of reaction the people on Earth have to the mysterious disappearance of the humans or the chunk of land.

In the final shot of the original episode, we see this sign while the Control Voice reads the words aloud.



It seems to me that the local police would be rather inadequate for the job.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2024 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I stand corrected, sir! My apologies. Embarassed

And I agree that the government would have been in charge of such a monumental investigation — not the local fuZZ! Laughing

Since the episode is on YouTube, I should have watched it first before I acted like a know-it-all. "roll:.


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