The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 32

The Forms of Things Unknown (4 May 1964)

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Two female friends poison a sadistic blackmailer, then while fleeing happen upon an isolated house containing a time machine. Kasha his lover, & Leonora the daughter of the blackmail target... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kasha Paine
Colus (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Scott Marlowe ...
Leonora Edmond


Two female friends poison a sadistic blackmailer, then while fleeing happen upon an isolated house containing a time machine. Kasha his lover, & Leonora the daughter of the blackmail target, fight to bury him before the idealistic inventor Tone is able to re-animate the murdered man, by tilting him back into the past. Written by David Stevens

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The title comes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Act V, Scene i, "The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, /Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven; /And, as imagination bodies forth /The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen /Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing /A local habitation and a name." See more »

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The acting sinks this one to mediocrity.
7 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "The Outer Limits" seems like a variation on the classic French film "Les Diaboliques"--mixed with the ancient Greek character, Lachesis. It pretty much starts off like "Les Diaboliques". Two women hate a blackmailer, so they kill him. However, soon it becomes obvious that one of them (Barbara Rush) does not have the stomach for murder--and she spends MUCH of the show screaming and acting scared--so much so that it was a bit of a hindrance to the viewer's enjoyment. The two ladies shove the dead guy in their car trunk and drive off--and soon are stuck in a rain storm. It's so bad, they get stuck and are forced to take refuge at a blind man's (Cederic Hardwicke) home. There they meet a weirdo inventor (David McCallum) whose experiment causes great havoc--bringing the dead guy back to life by manipulating the strings of time! When McCallum meets the once-dead man, however, he regrets bringing him back to life. What's next? See the show if you dare (or not).

While doing a variation on "Les Diaboliques" might have worked, the acting sink this one. Not only does Rush's character overact, but so does McCallum. He behaves like a weirdo--and isn't particularly believable...just weird. Had these folks acted at least halfway believably, it would have worked. As it is, it just looks like a show that was too hastily assembled and should have had a few scenes re-shot. And, perhaps, re-written.

By the way, this is one of the distinguished British actor Cederic Hardwicke's last roles. He was just fine in the show and, as always, added an air of sophistication and grace.

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