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 ...
Li Kwan
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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Although it is established early on that the main character played by Sidney Blackmer is supposed to be missing part of a finger, you can see clearly throughout the episode that he has no such characteristic. See more »

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A grand plan to make the president see red.
23 September 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The leader of a small, Asian country comes up with a plan to spread his Communist ideals throughout the world. That plan involves some impressive facial alterations and the means to replace leading political figures, starting with a man who is poised to become the next POTUS, with dopplegangers who will tow the party line.

While it may not sound like typical fare for The Outer Limits there are a number of factors here that make it another worthy episode. The political machinations depicted are there to instil fear at the idea of full and unerring identity theft. There are no pod people here, no shape-shifting Thing, no factory line of clones. This shows someone being effectively replaced by someone else and the potential repercussions are terrifying.

The script by Allan Balter and Robert Mintz is, understandably, a bit dry but the direction by Byron Haskin is solid and the central performance from Sidney Blackmer is superb. He's ably supported by Phillip Pine (playing Ted Pearson) and a few other fine folks.

It's not as outlandish as many of the other episodes of the show but that doesn't mean that it's a bad episode, despite how dated the threat of Communism affecting the USA might seem nowadays.


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