Michael Chambers recounts recent events on Earth after the arrival of a alien space craft. The aliens, known as Kanamit, seem friendly and assure everyone they have nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they offer to share wonderful technology that will provide limitless energy, cure all disease and convert deserts into lush gardens. For the people of Earth, paradise has arrived. Chambers is an encryption specialist and they try their best to decrypt a book the Kanamit left behind. The book's title seems benign - but it's not what they think it is. Written by
When Chambers is talking about the Kanamit's fertilizing process he says the soil had more vitamins than a drug store chain. While adding certain nutrients like minerals to soil would make it more fertile, vitamins would have absolutely no effect. See more »
This is the way nightmares begin - or, perhaps, end. Very simple, direct, unadorned. Incredible, and yet so terribly real, that even while they're happening we live with them, and digest them, and assimilate them. And if it's twelve o'clock noon, that's what you preoccupy yourself with. You don't think about twelve o'clock noon on the next day or the day after that. But that's what we should have been thinking about - tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We were preoccupied with ...
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A lot of fun to be had with this one, even if you are good at guessing twists. The fourth wall comes down. You get a very cinematic short sci-fi drama carried by Lloyd Bochner as a cerebral, urbane, relaxed hero. He gives an almost Montaigne-like portrait of 'how to live well with aliens'. Susan Cummings blends with him perfectly as his female linguist counterpart. The introduction of a Kanamit (Richard Kiel) by the enormous shadow at the UN is impressive (going straight there saves the Kanamits the embarrassment of saying 'Take me to your leader').
Having heard Richard Kiel's excellent ability as a public speaker (one of the best I've ever heard in person, and I've listened to a lot of Shakespearean actors) at a James Bond convention, I am amused now to see only his visual talents used on screen. I believe his Kanamit was voiced by Joseph Ruskin (Genie from Man In The Bottle, series 2).
One of the great episodes. Clearly having a little fun at the 1950's sci-fi movies expense.
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