Eck was very benevolent. The word you're thinking of was "malevolent." Which Eck certainly wasn't. THE OUTER LIMITS (and THE TWILIGHT ZONE for that matter) were (generally) seriously profound and soberingly intelligent dramatic anthologies addressing no-nonsense social issues and concerns. And when both indulged in delving into outright comedy (which like generic westerns at the time tended to over-dominate television) these "lighter" trivial more frivolous efforts naturally seem superficial in comparison to the "darker" tone of both shows (ie. "A Kind of a Stopwatch"). The problem with the Ben Brady regime was that there weren't enough representative outstanding achievements on a par with "The Architects of Fear," "The Sixth Finger," "The Man Who Was Never Born," "Nightmare," "The Invisibles" and "A Feasibility Study" (none of which are a laughing matter to be sure) that characterized the first season under Joseph Stefano. For myself, I'm not that much of a fan of the clearly flawed "Controlled Experiment" and its specious "there's still a good life to be lived in the here-and-now" notion which is totally out-of-place on a grimly pessimistic tv show like THE OUTER LIMITS. But that's (the more conventionally minded) Leslie Stevens and (with the exception of the fine "The Galaxy Being") he was no where near the provocative dramatist of the "dour, taciturn" Joseph Stefano (or Rod Serling for that matter). "Behold, Eck" would have been more accessible to a "younger" more juvenile audience as opposed to adult. But in all fairness this segment's sentiment was in the right place and Peter Lind Hayes makes for interesting prestigious (and appropriate) celebrity casting. Especially to "us" fans of THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T (1953). Jeff T.