The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Duplicate Man 

When a dangerous alien creature called a Megasoid escapes, the scientist who smuggled him to Earth creates an illegal clone of himself to hunt it down. But his plan is complicated when his ... See full summary »

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Henderson James
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Laura James
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The Megasoid
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Basil Jerichau
Konstantin Shayne ...
Murdock - The Gardener
Alan Gifford ...
The Guide
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The Cop
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The Pedestrian
Ivy Bethune ...
Miss Thorsen
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Karl Emmet
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When a dangerous alien creature called a Megasoid escapes, the scientist who smuggled him to Earth creates an illegal clone of himself to hunt it down. But his plan is complicated when his neglected wife begins to fall in love with his duplicate. Written by Gazhack

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19 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Features the famous Chemosphere House. Designed by architect John Lautner, the house is seen in a few exterior shots but the inside shots were on a set designed to resemble the house's interior. See more »

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At approximately 39 minutes the moving reflection of a crew member is seen in the mirror on the back wall behind the seated Henderson James. See more »

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Almost....but not good enough.
1 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Duplicate Man" is a great example of a TV episode that tries to do too much. It's also a great example of a plot that really needed to be polished up before it was made. It's a shame, as the show sure had a lot of promise and could have been exceptional.

The show begins by learning that in the future there will be an ultimate evil creature, the 'Megasoid' but that it was deliberately exterminated by mankind because it was so dangerous. But, almost immediately after the audience hears this, they see that the stuffed dead one on exhibit in the museum is NOT dead but pretending.

In the next scene, you learn that a nasty rich guy, Mr. James, was responsible for bringing this horrible creature to Earth despite it being against the law. Why? We never really know but you could likely assume he did it simply because he could! But, when it escapes and potentially could reproduce itself, he decides to kill it by creating a duplicate of himself--a duplicate unaware of much of anything other than its need to kill the Megasoid. Naturally, it doesn't work out exactly as planned.

The show could have just been about the Megasoid and this might have made a good episode--provided, also, that the creature not look completely ridiculous (which it did). You just have to see it to believe it! The show could have been about the duplicate and the duplicate turning out to be a better man than the original! But that was lost among the Megasoid silliness. Streamlining the episode and making a semi-believable alien (if it would remain in the story) would have done wonders with this near miss.


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