The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 3

The Architects of Fear (30 Sep. 1963)

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A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat... See full summary »

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Allen Leighton
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A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat will force all governments to make peace with one another. However such a complex plan has many vulnerabilities... including the wife of the volunteer. Written by Gazhack

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The plot of The Architects of Fear is very similar to the ending of Watchmen. The Watchmen pay homage to The Outer Limits by having Sally Jupiter watching The Outer Limits on her TV. See more »

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When Leighton is wheeled from the operating room to the elevator, the floor is visible. There is no break in the solid floor as one would normally see upon entering a real elevator. Obviously no elevator was actually used and the elevator doors were probably moved by hand. See more »

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Control Voice (uncredited voice played by Vic Perrin): [film footage of people running out in the streets and a missile in the sky] Is this the day? Is this the beginning of the end? There is no time for wonder, no time to ask why is it happening, why is it finally happening. There is time only for fear, for the piercing pain of panic. Do we pray now, or do we merely run now and pray later? Will there *be* a later, or is this the day?
[a mushroom cloud explodes before the film projector is shut off]
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One of the best OL episodes, ever
11 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I remember this series from childhood, there are two or three episodes which come to mind; The Man with the Sixth Finger, Second Chance and the classic, Architects of Fear.

Robert Culp delivers a remarkable performance as the unfortunate "lottery winner" of a group of slightly misguided scientists who believe they can scare the world into "just getting along" His performance is all the more remarkable when you realize that one of the best scenes is delivered in the classic "rubber monster suit" so popular in the era before Industrial Light and Magic redefined forever, the cinematic vision of an alien.

Watching this again after more than 35 years, I see things I had forgotten; that his wife was pregnant, that a lung transplant took four seconds and that everyone seemed to be smoking....

If you were an OL fan growing up, it's well worth getting the series and re-acquainting yourself with some of the best science fiction drama ever produced on American Television BB


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