The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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Astronauts on an orbiting space station discover a strange and deadly type of plant life. Higher ups are left to consider: should the craft be destroyed with the 4 men aboard, or allowed to land, knowing the plants could destroy all of mankind?

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Gerd Oswald

Writer:

Stephen Lord
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Stephen McNally ... Col. MacWilliams
Richard Jaeckel ... Capt. Mike Doweling
Gail Kobe ... Janet Doweling
John Kellogg ... Major Nathan Jennings
Peter Baldwin ... Lt. Gordon Halper
Russell Johnson ... Maj. Benedict
Arthur Batanides ... Lt. Gavin
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Astronauts on an orbiting space station discover a strange and deadly type of plant life. Higher ups are left to consider: should the craft be destroyed with the 4 men aboard, or allowed to land, knowing the plants could destroy all of mankind?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The footage of the spacecraft doing loops in the sky was also used in "Architects of Fear". See more »

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A space shuttle crash-lands on Earth, completely crushing the front end. Obviously no one could have survived such a hard landing, and yet three astronauts aboard the shuttle do survive. See more »

Quotes

Control Voice: He called them space barnacles for temporary identification. They were not.
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Not one of the series' finer moments....
27 June 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As the other reviewer pointed out, this story idea was 'borrowed' from "Day of the Triffids"--so, at the outset, the episode has a huge strike against it. Incidentally, a few years later, "Star Trek" ripped off the idea as well with their episode "This Side of Paradise"! I am pretty sure some other folks have copied the idea as well!

While I could explain the plot in detail, to be brief I'll just say that astronauts accidentally bring back to Earth evil plants. These giant evil plants shoot evil spores at folks--and soon it looks as if they'll take over the planet! It's not a particularly deep or interesting idea but the folks starring in this one give it their best and the episode doesn't suck, so I'm scoring it a 5. You could do a lot better...or worse.


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