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The Outer Limits: Tourist Attraction

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Predictable plot lines, metaphor for American arrogance

  • Mar 15, 2005
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This episode is not a strong one; the creatures and some of the characters are too stereotyped to be believable. I also do not understand why there needed to be so many shots of the birds flying around. None of the action takes place in the air. The one aspect of the show that I liked was the conflict between the egotistical Latin American dictator and the arrogant American corporate tycoon. In their own way, both are completely self-centered. The dictator believes that he is always doing what is right for the people of his country, even though they are terrified of him. He is always dressed in a fancy military uniform, and is unhappy when others do not conform to his ideals.
The tycoon always dresses simply, is extremely courageous and treats people like disposable cameras. He barely acknowledges the feelings of anyone else, is very vindictive and fires people for the slightest mistake. While exploring a lake, the tycoon encounters a large marine creature and believes that he kills it. The "carcass" is placed in a freezer and transported to a lab at the local university. The tycoon plans to transport it back to the United States and the dictator wants to keep it for a tourist attraction. To prevent the transport of the creature, the dictator places an armed guard on the freezer containing the creature. The tycoon overpowers the guard and proceeds to begin transporting the creature. However, the thermostat on the freezer is turned up and the creature regains consciousness. It calls for help and additional creatures arrive and set it free. Other creatures act on a dam, causing it to break and flood a major city. At the end, the dictator is dead and the tycoon has received a lesson in humility.
The conflict between the tycoon and dictator is a metaphor for the relationship between the United States and the countries of Latin America. Americans go to the countries in that area and believe that they can simply take what they want, even over the objections of the local rulers. The term "tinhorn dictator" was coined to describe the characteristics of many of the leaders of the countries of Latin America.
Unfortunately, this is not enough to overcome the stereotypical actions of the other citizens of the Latin American country, the predictability of the other Americans and the silly depiction of the creatures. The secretary of the tycoon expresses a combination of disgust and affection for him and it is easy to see early in the episode that they will end up together at the end. It was a simple matter to anticipate almost everything that happened after the first ten minutes.

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Charlie Ashbacher is a compulsive reader and writer about many subjects. His prime areas of expertise are in mathematics and computers where he has taught every course in the mathematics and computer … more
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Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: MGM /UA Home Video

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