Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if ... See full summary »
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
In the source story, the aliens are short and look like hairy pigs that walk upright, and go by the name Kanamit (singular: Kanama). In this televised version they're called Kanamits (singular: Kanamit), and they all look like Richard Kiel wearing a prosthetic "big brain". See more »
Chambers compares translating the Kanamit book into English to decoding Japanese messages in World War II. The two situations are entirely different. The codebreakers in World War II took a coded message, a meaningless string of Japanese characters, and reversed the coding process to produce a string of characters that would be meaningful to anyone who knew Japanese. Chambers's problem is not that the Kanamits coded their book, but that no one on Earth knows the Kanamit language. There is no way that they could take the book by itself and translate it. See more »
Mr. Chambers! Don't get on that ship! The rest of the book, "To Serve Man", it's - it's a cookbook!
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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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