"[continued on]Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to- The Outer Limits."- the 1963 opening.
Oh man, I think I ought to talk about this series because it is seriously underrated. Some people may write it off as a cheaper version of the Twilight Zone, but this show has its own charm. This series introduced sci-fi concepts that weren't really explored on TV at the time. The show explored such concepts as the possibilities of human evolution ("The Sixth Finger", my favorite episode of the series), parallel universes ("Don't Open til Doomsday"....this episode predated the Star Trek episode "The Alternative Factor"), aliens that kidnap you and force you to fight a member of another race for the survival of one's peoples ("Fun and Games", which not only featured Nick Adams [Frankenstein Conquers the World, Invasion of Astro Monster] but was also based on the same short story used for the Star Trek episode "Arena"), the trial of a robot to determine whether or not it is a sentient being ("I, Robot", which may have been the inspiration of the Next Generation episode "The Measure of a Man"), and a soldier that was trained all his life to be a soldier being thrown into the early 60's ("Soldier", which featured Michael Ansara as the soldier.....not only did this series inspire some of the stories from Star Trek, but some of the guest stars appeared on Star Trek and some of the creature props/suits were used in the original series). This show has a lot of good stories such as "The Galaxy Being", "Tourist Attraction", "Behold, Eck!", and "The Zanti Misfits".
This show happened to get a reboot in the 90's and it was awesome (the show even featured a remake of "I, Robot", which also had Leonard Nimoy guest starring in it). Hopefully there will be another reboot that tells more good stories for another generation of viewers. "We now return control of your television set to you. Until next week at the same time, when the control voice will take you to- The Outer Limits."
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