The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 27

Fun and Games (30 Mar. 1964)

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A distant planet teleports a young man and woman from an apartment building to compete in a gladiatorial contest. For the aliens it's just an amusing jungle reality show, but if the humans ... See full summary »

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A distant planet teleports a young man and woman from an apartment building to compete in a gladiatorial contest. For the aliens it's just an amusing jungle reality show, but if the humans fail, Earth will be destroyed. The woman is desperate to save Earth, but the man is a vicious, petty crook on the run, who has little to lose, but doesn't care about humanity's fate. Written by David Stevens

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The one line spoken by the murderous poker player ("That ace came off the bottom!") was dubbed by an uncredited Vic Perrin, the Outer Limits Control Voice. See more »

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In the scene when the kids are teleported back a second time to the alien planet, they are wearing the same clothes and hairdo then in the first. When they are teleported to the earth like planet with the other combatants, they have the same clothes as the second day. See more »

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A mega-cool episode that was apparently 'borrowed' in later "Star Trek" episodes.
8 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "The Outer Limits" appears to have inspired a couple "Star Trek" episodes a few years later, "The Arena" and "The Gamesters of Triskelion". Two humans (Nick Adams and Nancy Malone) are teleported across the galaxy to a sick planet--a planet where they pit folks from other planets in gladiatorial combat. And, if they lose, they won't just lose their lives but the planet will be exterminated. Nice way for these folks to get their kicks. Even weirder is that Adams really doesn't seem to care! As for Malone, she DOES care and does her best to try to convince him to fight.

While this is a very good plot, it turns out MUCH better than the description because the emcee of this evil show is so amazingly evil and entertaining. While you don't really see him, his melodious voice truly enjoys tormenting the competitors. His constant laughter and insight into the characters (like a psychologist who is psychic--dissecting the human combatants in order to exploit their weaknesses) is quite chilling and makes a very good story so much better. There's only one minor weakness in this one--and it's inherent in many episodes of the show due to low budgets. The monsters are amazingly silly and cheap looking. Still, it's a top episode regardless.

By the way, there is a cold irony to this one--when the planet faces destruction, Adams' character says that's fine with him. In real life, he was dead only four years later.


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