The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 2

The Hundred Days of the Dragon (23 Sep. 1963)

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The election draws near and William Lyons Selby seems destined to win. Elsewhere, the communist nation of dictator Li Kwan has achieved a remarkable breakthrough: a serum that renders human... See full summary »

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William Lyons Selby
Phillip Pine ...
Ted Pearson
Mark Roberts ...
Bob Conner
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Dr. Sui-Lin
Richard Loo ...
Li-Chin Sung
Joan Camden ...
Ann Pearson
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Frank Summers
Clarence Lung ...
Maj. Ho Chi-Wong
Henry Scott ...
FBI Agent Marshall
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Wen Li
James Yagi ...
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Nancy Rennick ...
Carol Selby Conner
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The election draws near and William Lyons Selby seems destined to win. Elsewhere, the communist nation of dictator Li Kwan has achieved a remarkable breakthrough: a serum that renders human flesh plastic. A simple injection and a process of molding allows an agent to quietly murder Selby and take his place! America has elected a spy to the highest office in that nation. Selby's daughter and his aide suspect all is not right, but have no idea what the real problem is. One thing seems certain: if they can't find out soon, the problem of "who's who" is sure to widen, and America will fall to an insidious enemy without firing a shot... Written by CommanderBalok

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It is interesting and somewhat prophetic that the second show "Hundred Days of the Dragon" which depicted a President of the United States covertly assassinated by a Chinese agent was aired on TV on September 23, 1963. On November 22, 1963, just 60 days later, 35th president John F. Kennedy was overtly assassinated also, even though under different circumstances. See more »

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When the plane lands at the airport in Chicago, you can clearly see mountains on the horizon. Being located in the Great Plains, there are no mountains near Chicago. See more »

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Bizarre!
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really strange episode that just doesn't make it to the level of any other Outer Limits episodes, even the lesser ones.

I admit that the idea is intriguing, a method discovered to alter the face and fingerprints of anyone to them look like another person. But the idea of it being a presidential candidate and how it's accomplished is just extremely outlandish, The story has so many plot holes and illogical maneuvers that it just cannot hold up to any serious review, like the following:

1. They (the enemy) replace the presidential candidate first, and nobody else, killing the real one, with the great hope that he wins. What if the opponent won?

2. He does win, and then they go about replacing other high officials and businessmen, Why not do that first?

3. A stupid attempt by a bungler to replace the VP fails and alerts the real VP to what is going on. You have to see the attempt to believe how inept it was and how ridiculous.

4. The secret service around the Pres accept wholesale that the VP is right in telling them the Pres is an impostor, no real proof needed and no skepticism, hah!

5. The murdered Pres is exhumed, and is discovered to have been cremated, how convenient.

6. The official announcement of the Pres being an impostor is done at a dinner party where nobody disputes the announcement and they just cart off the impostor after exposing him. Hah again!

The whole thing was set up by communist Asians, where did that come from? And the phony Pres, on occasion, will squint his eyes as if he were an Asian underneath the skin, which looks just dumb.

The more I think about this episode, the sillier it gets.


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