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Outer Limits: I Robot

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Fear of the unknown challenged but not defeated

  • Jul 20, 2009
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The most significant aspect of this episode is that Leonard Nimoy, (Spock of Star Trek), is one of the stars, playing a cynical and energetic journalist. In some ways that is unfortunate because his presence tends to overshadow the important point of the episode. A gifted scientist creates a robot with human-like abilities to reason, understand and even emote. However, when the scientist is found dead and the robot is standing next to him, traditional human prejudice drives the primary reaction. A brilliant, cranky and reclusive defense attorney named Thurman Cutler is persuaded to take the case of the robot and manages to have a trial conducted in front of a judge to determine if the robot is guilty of murder and should be dismantled.
The actions before and during the trial bring up the classic human fears and concerns regarding the development of advanced technologies that are understood by only a few. People are afraid of the robot and when his higher reasoning functions are deliberately disabled by another scientist after being instructed to do so by the court and the reaction is that the robot goes berserk, the verdict is "death by dismemberment." However, at the end, the robot demonstrates that it is in fact human in many ways although the proof is at severe cost.
The best performance in this episode is by Howard Da Silva as Thurman Cutler, his actions as the brilliant, yet simple attorney make some of the best courtroom drama. Nimoy is also very good in his role, it is hard to watch him and mentally strip him of his better-known Spock persona. Overall, this is the best "Outer Limits" episode that I have seen; it is thoughtful in presenting themes that are a constant reality in the modern world.

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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)

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