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23 January 2013 @ 03:05 pm
Remember that show PLEASE STAND BY?  
a aa please stand by034

Okay, well actually it aired under the name THE OUTER LIMITS. PLEASE STAND BY was the proposed title, but the network understandably thought it might confuse viewers. ("Next on ABC, PLEASE STAND BY." "What--?")Here is promotional art for the first episode, "The Galaxy Being." Very cool stuff and I will start reviews of episodes soon.
harvey_rritharvey_rrit on January 23rd, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who has felt a wicked compulsion to call up the TV station, or the studio, or something, and say, "My picture keeps ghosting. CUT IT OUT," just to listen to some poor sap explain patiently (and perhaps a bit nervously) that they don't really control my TV set?
dochermesdochermes on January 24th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Even worse, with all the conspiracy theorists around, if they ran it today, some believers would take the opening credits as proof that the government really can see them on the other side of the screen and are talking to them. A few TV sets would likely get a bullet through them.
harvey_rritharvey_rrit on January 24th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)

All of a sudden I am recalling Kentucky Fried Movie.
(Anonymous) on January 23rd, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
Probably my favorite show ever. Of course I have a strong preference for science fiction and anthologies so... it kinda has to be.
I recall that Harlan Ellison (not the worlds most even handed critic) expressed a strong preference for the second season, which does contain some good episodes... two of them Ellisons. Of course Ellison later won a court case against James Cameron based on Cameron actually stating that he stole material from The Outer Limits for his Terminator screenplay. Without the statements I can't see how the case was winable, as the ideas had all been used elsewhere in the annals of SF over the decades.
I suspect most folks prefer the first season, with it's "gothic SF" style and generally better stories.
Even the bad episodes are of interest. "ZZZZZ" (Hey, I checked. It's 5 Zs) may be appallingly stupid, with an ending in which the threat is disposed of by a protracted moral haranguing... BUT, nobody ever forgets the bee-girl.
And there is something for just about any SF fan:
Astronauts and space exploration? - "The Moonstone" (Turgid Korean war back-story and all), "Invisible Enemy" (Nearly sunk by awful use of fake mil-speak jargon)
Time travel? "The Man Who Was Never Born"
First Contact? "The Zanti Misfits", "The Mice" etc
Alien invasions (several - mostly very covert), Lovecraftian other-dimensional horrors, supermen...
You need only take care to have alcoholic fortification for "The Special One" and the last three episodes of the second season (Just to be safe... I, actually kinda like the last three). Aside from that, they are all either tolerable or somewhere along the road to excellence.
Of course, this is just my opinion and should you form another... that would be conclusive proof that you are not me.
I prefer to remain anomalous...
dochermesdochermes on January 24th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
I loved THE OUTER LIMITS to pieces. As a kid, I drew little figures of the monster from each episode from memory, this being before VCRs. The sermons at the end were a bit heavy-handed (I thought Rod Serling handled the preaching better on the TWILIGHT ZONE), but I didn't mind.. here was the equivalent of a new 1950s drive-in science-fiction on my TV for free every week and I ate it up. When I start watching them now, most likely some will disappoint me but it's a risk I willingly take.
docsavage181docsavage181 on January 24th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
I love this series. It warped my mind at an early age.
I'll never forget watching "The Galaxy Being" the very first night it aired.

Now I have that episode on my iPhone!
dochermesdochermes on January 24th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Great! That was TV worth watching.
full_metal_oxfull_metal_ox on January 24th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Now I have that episode on my iPhone!

Science fiction: we're soaking in it.