The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Forms of Things Unknown 

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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Kasha Paine
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Colus (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Andre
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Leonora Edmond
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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, 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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4 May 1964 (USA)  »

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The title comes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Act V, Scene i, where Theseus is speaking to Hippolyta: "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." Theseus' following words are the very words Tone says to Leonora when they first meet: "Such tricks hath strong imagination, / That if it would but apprehend some joy, / It comprehends some bringer of that joy. / Or in the night, imagining some fear, / How easy is a bush supposed a bear!" See more »

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Tone Hobart: [as Mr. Hobart is about to leave, he stands and extend his blind -man's hand to another blind man, his host - Colus] Good bye, Colus.
Colus: Where are you going, Mr. Hobart?
Tone Hobart: I'm going back... into the past. The dead, harmless quiet of the past.
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Style Over Substance
11 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

A time machine in an oddball house (with a man-from-uncle inside) create terror.

This is one of my top five episodes of the whole series. It was a pilot for a never made series, and as we all know pilots are made with twice the money and twice the filming time of a regular TV episode...it shows here!

The care and attention that went into filming this hour will blow your mind. The direction, camera angles, lighting, photography, acting and musical score are of motion picture standard all the way.

There is a lot of style over substance going on here, I can't really say the basic story is the best you will see in the whole Outer Limits series, but you just get sucked into the general look of it and the sound of it. I return to this episode every couple of years with repeat viewings.


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