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Your Father's Outer Limits - Favorite Episodes


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#1 of 43 OFFLINE   Berkshires

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Posted February 04 2013 - 06:02 AM

Since the Twilight Zone thread seems to have inspired some fond memories, I'd be interested to see if anyone has some thoughts on this show. I liked them both, but actually consider The Outer Limits the superior show (probably in the minority here). In airdate order:

The Sixth Finger
The Man Who Was Never Born
O.B.I.T.
Corpus Earthling
Nightmare
The Bellero Shield
Expanding Human
Demon With A Glass Hand
Cry Of Silence
The Duplicate Man



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#2 of 43 OFFLINE   jimmyjet

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Posted February 04 2013 - 06:11 AM

i recall liking the outer limits, but dont really remember much about it. however, i dont think it was a rival to the twilight zone, was it ? my vague memories of ol was that it was strictly just a science fiction show. i dont recall many of the shows as having real life meanings ?

#3 of 43 OFFLINE   Ockeghem

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Posted February 04 2013 - 06:11 AM

Berkshires, This is one of my top three all-time favorite series. I own the entire series on VHS tape and twice on DVD (flipper and non-flipper). A few of us have discussed our favorite episodes (and the music and sound effects of many of them) in some of the other The Outer Limits threads. I just thought I'd mention this in case you haven't already read through any of them.

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Posted February 04 2013 - 07:15 AM

Berkshires, This is one of my top three all-time favorite series. I own the entire series on VHS tape and twice on DVD (flipper and non-flipper). A few of us have discussed our favorite episodes (and the music and sound effects of many of them) in some of the other The Outer Limits threads. I just thought I'd mention this in case you haven't already read through any of them.

Was there a nonflipper version of this? What about the Addams Family? Thanks

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Posted February 04 2013 - 09:25 AM

Why was this your father's? As opposed to what, your mother's Outer Limits? :confused:

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Posted February 04 2013 - 10:31 AM

Why was this your father's? As opposed to what, your mother's Outer Limits? :confused:

I think it's a winking homage to a Twilight Zone thread that has a similarly odd title.

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Posted February 04 2013 - 11:09 AM

Was there a nonflipper version of this? What about the Addams Family? Thanks

Ray, I can answer 'yes' as far as The Outer Limits is concerned. I have no idea about The Addams Family. I was actually informed of the single-sided DVDs for The Outer Limits by another HTF poster a year or two ago, and I snatched them up rather quickly. These are Region 2 DVDs. Here are links for the two seasons: Season One: http://www.amazon.co...60022649&sr=8-2 Season Two: http://www.amazon.co...60022649&sr=8-3

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Posted February 04 2013 - 12:56 PM

I just watched the entire series last summer, and don't remember much of it! I'm getting older, but sheesh! I do remember liking The Bellero Shield and the one about the UFO at the amusement park. To be completely honest, I am a HUGE Twilight Zone fan and found The Outer Limits to be just ok. Now I need to go back and read the episode descriptions to spark my fading memory!



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Posted February 04 2013 - 01:04 PM

... and the one about the UFO at the amusement park.

Eric, This would be Second Chance, I believe.

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Posted February 04 2013 - 02:32 PM

That's it! Thanks!



#11 of 43 OFFLINE   Ockeghem

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Posted February 04 2013 - 02:51 PM

That's it! Thanks!

Eric, You're welcome. You've actually inspired me to watch Second Chance later tonight. It should be fun. :)

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Posted February 05 2013 - 05:20 AM

Originally Posted by Ockeghem 

Berkshires,

This is one of my top three all-time favorite series. I own the entire series on VHS tape and twice on DVD (flipper and non-flipper). A few of us have discussed our favorite episodes (and the music and sound effects of many of them) in some of the other The Outer Limits threads. I just thought I'd mention this in case you haven't already read through any of them.


Scott, I did read the other Outer Limits thread you mention. Lots of good discussion there.


This thread was simply intended for the list-makers among us who enjoy comparing notes on favorite episodes. I've edited my original post down to a Top Ten list. Would be interested in reading yours. In the case of The Outer Limits, I found it more difficult to narrow it down to ten than I did with the Twilight Zone.


Originally Posted by TravisR 


I think it's a winking homage to a Twilight Zone thread that has a similarly odd title.


;-)


Exactly. When I saw a thread called Your Father's Twilight Zone, I thought it was as good a way as any to differentiate the original series from the later reboots. Works for The Outer Limits just as well.


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Posted February 05 2013 - 05:21 AM

Easy enuff....:) 1. The Sixth Finger 2. The Architects of Fear 3. OBIT 4. The Bellero Shield 5. Nightmare 6. The Zanti Misfits 7. The Hundred Days of the Dragon 8. Don't Open Til Doomsday 9. Demon With A Glass Hand 10. The Forms of Things Unknown

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Posted February 05 2013 - 06:00 AM

Scott, I did read the other Outer Limits thread you mention. Lots of good discussion there. This thread was simply intended for the list-makers among us who enjoy comparing notes on favorite episodes. I've edited my original post down to a Top Ten list. Would be interested in reading yours. In the case of The Outer Limits, I found it more difficult to narrow it down to ten than I did with the Twilight Zone. ;-) Exactly. When I saw a thread called Your Father's Twilight Zone, I thought it was as good a way as any to differentiate the original series from the later reboots. Works for The Outer Limits just as well.

My father's Outer Limits or Twilight Zone was called radio. :)

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Posted February 05 2013 - 11:23 AM

For anyone interested, some reviewers, fans, noted sci-fi writers and bloggers sang the praises of the show and had a blast going through each episode at the site We Are Controlling Transmission: http://wearecontroll...n.blogspot.com/ Keep the flame alive on this groundbreaking gothic sci-fi show because we need it in Blu-ray. My top 10 episodes: 1) Architects of Fear 2) The Zanti Misfits 3) The Man Who Was Never Born 4) Demon with the Glass Hand 5) A Feasibility Study 6) The Guests 7) The Bellero Shield 8) Fun and Games 9) Don't Open Until Doomsday 10) The Forms of Things Unknown

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Posted February 05 2013 - 11:30 AM

The 2-part show "The Inheritors" was by far-and-away the best of the series.  Actually, it's probably in the top 10 of all-time great television drama.  I just happened to watch this last weekend.  You could not find a better way to spend 2 hours.



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Posted February 05 2013 - 11:55 AM

Berkshires, I'm glad you had a chance to read the other threads. There are some avid fans of the series here, which is great. A top-ten list of TOL would be difficult for me. It's kind of like listing which Beatles tunes I like the best. But I can name several episodes that are IMO amazing to me for a variety of reasons. Maybe down the road a bit I can discuss what I like about each episode listed here. These are in no particular order. Please Stand By ;) The Architects Of Fear Demon With A Glass Hand Nightmare A Feasibility Study The Sixth Finger (I have loved Glenn Gould's Bach for years) O.B.I.T. The Bellero Shield Don't Open Until Doomsday I also like episodes that are frequently maligned on various Boards, such as Keeper Of the Purple Twilight (as much for the second-season Lubin music which permeates the episode as for the story itself), The Special One, The Premonition, Behold, Eck!, Moonstone, Wolf 359, and It Crawled Out Of the Woodwork. By the way, I could just as easily say that I like all forty-nine episodes of the series for various reasons. I can watch any of them at any time and glean something positive and informative out of them.

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Posted February 05 2013 - 02:45 PM

Ah, my second favorite TV series of all time (after The Twilight Zone, of course). Demon with a Glass Hand Corpus Earthling The Architects of Fear The Man Who Was Never Born Nightmare The Invisibles O.B.I.T. The Inheritors The Duplicate Man Wolf 359 Who do I have to sleep with to get this series released on blu-ray?

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Posted February 05 2013 - 03:12 PM

The 2-part show "The Inheritors" was by far-and-away the best of the series.  Actually, it's probably in the top 10 of all-time great television drama.  I just happened to watch this last weekend.  You could not find a better way to spend 2 hours.

I'm not a big fan of the second season, after Ben Brady took over from Joseph Stefano, but I really have to agree. The Inheritors was fantastic.

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Posted February 06 2013 - 02:17 AM

Why was this your father's? As opposed to what, your mother's Outer Limits? :confused:

It's a reference to the Oldsmobile commercials from the 90s "This is not your father's Oldsmobile" (and now there aren't any Oldsmobiles any longer). OL always came off to me as far more instinctively pretentious than did TZ, which for the most part avoided that because as a half hour show, TZ had to concentrate more on storytelling whereas at an hour, an OL episode could so often seem either padded or designed to be more sledgehammer like in terms of its "message". As a result, the show did not grab me much.




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