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Outer Limits: It Crawled Out of Woodwork

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Quaint expression of the fears of atomic energy

  • Aug 6, 2009
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One of the pleasures of watching episodes of "The Outer Limits" is that you get to see actors before they became famous as a consequence of future roles. In this case, Ed Asner portrays a police officer investigating the mysterious death of a scientist. Research at a top secret energy lab has created a powerful creature made up of energy. The creature is kept locked up and in ways that are not explained, it is capable of killing people, but it is possible to revive them and keep them alive via some kind of pacemaker device that they wear on a belt.
The director of the lab is only a slightly bizarre take on the "mad scientist" character; he keeps people alive via the pacemakers and has the resultant delusions of godhood. Asner is called in when the brother of a bit of a playboy is hired at the lab, is immediately killed to be compliant, but then truly dies in the apartment he shares with his brother when his pacemaker is shorted out. Asner observes the energy creature, but is rescued before it can kill him. The episode ends with the creature recaptured amid a nebulous moral about the dangers of experimentation with atomic energy.
If you understand history, then the fears of atomic energy expressed in this episode will make sense to you. The 1950's and 1960's were a time of great fear of atomic energy, when I was growing up in those years we were told not to eat icicles because of the dangers of atomic fallout and we practiced "duck and cover" on a regular basis in school. My teen-age daughter finds it very odd that we had regular drills where all the kids rolled up on the floor with our hands covering the backs of our heads. That is no doubt a metaphor for how people that do not understand the history will react to the fears expressed in this episode

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

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