The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 22

Specimen: Unknown (24 Feb. 1964)

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Astronauts operating an orbiting space station find a strange and deadly species of plant life. Higher ups consider: Should the craft be destroyed with four men aboard or left to land knowing the plants could destroy the rest of mankind?

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Astronauts operating an orbiting space station find a strange and deadly species of plant life. Higher ups consider: Should the craft be destroyed with four men aboard or left to land knowing the plants could destroy the rest of mankind?

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Not one of the series' finer moments....
27 June 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As the other reviewer pointed out, this story idea was 'borrowed' from "Day of the Triffids"--so, at the outset, the episode has a huge strike against it. Incidentally, a few years later, "Star Trek" ripped off the idea as well with their episode "This Side of Paradise"! I am pretty sure some other folks have copied the idea as well!

While I could explain the plot in detail, to be brief I'll just say that astronauts accidentally bring back to Earth evil plants. These giant evil plants shoot evil spores at folks--and soon it looks as if they'll take over the planet! It's not a particularly deep or interesting idea but the folks starring in this one give it their best and the episode doesn't suck, so I'm scoring it a 5. You could do a lot better...or worse.


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