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Oh boy !
This one has such a bad story I don't even know how to properly sum it
up ... but I'll give it a try anyways:
Dr Marshall (George MacReady), head of a nuclear powerplant, has
experimented with some strange particles in the plant's furnace and pushed
them beyond critical mass, far beyond critical mass. Now the personell of
the plant are working on it to prevent desaster, but to no avail. Even
worse, one by one they are taken over by some strange form of energy that
- tries everything in its power to prevent a desaster. What ?!?
Dr Marshall is quick to conclude that the energy must be a strange
lifeform from another dimension, but soon enough he realizes that all the
efforts by the energy - which to the untrained eye look like getting
together around the furnace in a circle and swaying from side to side -
are not enough, so he has to put up some extra effort ... but he's too
afraid and tries every excuse in the book to chicken out - until his wife
(Signe Hasso) gives him a good talk-over, and suddenly he emerges a hero,
goes somewhere inside the plant, does something that looks suspiciously
like pouring a liquid from a container into something else and pushing a
few buttons, then he and his wife make it into the next atomic shelter
where they watch the bang - the usual footage of an atomic test explosion
of course, you know the sort.
Then though time suddenly goes in reverse, because the bang was so big
it created a ripple in the time-and-space continuum, the powerplant un-explodes, and the world is saved
Did you get any of this ?
If the answer to that is yes, there is either something wrong with me
or (more likely) something wrong with you. The whole thing is made up
mostly of (made up) techno babble that just fails to create any kind of
suspense - mainly because you have no idea about what's going on in the
first place, which is so essential for suspense, and once you think you
even begin to grasp the story it's just plain silly (I liked the swaying
energy beings best).
So no, this is by no means a good or even half-decent episode of Outer
Limits, but to end this review on a positive note, at least it's
not another disgusting piece of Anti-Communist propaganda.