The Outer Limits: Season 2, Episode 9

I, Robot (14 Nov. 1964)

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A cynical lawyer is hired by a young woman to prove that her father was not killed by his invention - a sophisticated robot.

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A cynical lawyer is hired by a young woman to prove that her father was not killed by his invention - a sophisticated robot.

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When "Tin Man" is hit by the "wagon", car on the cross street in the background is moving backwards indicating that the scene was shot with "Tin Man" standing up in front of the car so that it looks like he is falling when played backwards. See more »

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Narrator: God looked upon His world and called it good, but Man was not content. He looked for ways to make it better, and built machines to do the work. But in vain we build the world, unless the builder also grows.
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Wow. The special effects in this one were actually very good.
10 January 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode is rather surprising because unlike a typical episode of "The Outer Limits", the special effects appear very good--as if the budget was rather large--which it was not. It's about a robot--and for a 1960s show, the robot is quite effective. Had the robot been cheesy looking, the episode would have been a lot less effective.

The show begins with the police chasing a robot across the countryside. Apparently 'Mr. Link' is assumed to have killed its creator. But the robot gives up without a fight and the Sheriff plans on having the mechanical man disassembled. An opportunistic newspaper reporter (Leonard Nimoy) wants to exploit this as a story and convinces the dead professor's niece to get the creation a lawyer (Howard De Silva). And much of the rest of the show consists of a court hearing to determine what to do next.

All in all, an effective and interesting show. It also helped having De Silva, as he was a gifted actor. It also helped that it was written well--with a real sense of heart. My only question is how did they do this show without driving Isaac Asimov crazy?! After all, he wrote the book "I, Robot" over a decade earlier and the show had an awful lot of similarities--yet Asimov isn't credited at all. Hmmmmm.

By the way, if you see the show don't you think that the character of the little girl was amazingly stupid?! One of the only weaknesses I saw in the story, actually.


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