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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This Was Probably Better In The 1960s...But Okay Now
25 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Robert Culp has a strange operation that turns him into a muppet-like creature!

I first saw this in the 1980s when Hollywood could do better creature costumes than this! However, Limits is about scripts, acting, direction, music, etc, and the hour is okay on those levels.

Guest star Geraldine Brooks would go on to appear in one of the very best episodes of QM's The Fugitive titled - The Ivy Maze (1967) - and guest star Leonard Stone would go on to appear in two of the very silly Lost In Space episodes where he would play a colourful (or gay?) space circus owner.


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