The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 28

The Special One (6 Apr. 1964)

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The parents of a child science prodigy are approached by a mysterious official called Mr Zeno, who offers to give him special private tutoring. Unknown to them, Mr Zeno is an alien who wants to use their son's talents for evil.

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The parents of a child science prodigy are approached by a mysterious official called Mr Zeno, who offers to give him special private tutoring. Unknown to them, Mr Zeno is an alien who wants to use their son's talents for evil.

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Mr. Zeno: Arrived safely. Ready to penetrate subject 2.
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Education of the Gifted and Talented
15 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Guess what. Once again a force from outer space is setting things up for an invasion. This time they are targeting bright kids and teaching them to produce what is necessary to allow this to take place. We are treated immediately to the powers of these aliens as a man who disagrees with what is being done to his son, is driven to suicide by telekinesis of some sort. Moving from Los Angeles to the east coast, they hone in on a young boy who lives in a nice apartment in what may be New York. Mr. Xeno, who looks like a big time lawyer, begins to instruct the young man in all manner of chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Apparently, this is taking place all over the world and these kids will become cannon fodder for the aliens who need them to change the earth's climate to one favorable to their needs. The story focuses on the father, who is torn between what is best for his son (an incredible education) and the secretive nature of the process. Xeno. shows up at all hours, spending time with the kid in his room (Holy possible child abuse, Batman!). They are developing machines that are amazing. The kid can even walk through walls (just like our Mr. Xeno). They also are able to lay a layer of frost on the contents of the room. Finally, the father has had enough, but when he goes to the authorities, he sounds like a nut. It all comes down to when the alien force must do away with him as they have done with other parents before. This is quite an intriguing episode. By the way, the mother (who is utterly dense and tiresome) is played by Marion Ross from "Happy Days."


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